Posts Tagged ‘ deforestation ’

Davos report highlights worsening global air quality

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Air quality around the world is plummeting, according to the latest version of an annual report, issued at the Davos Summit over the weekend.

Produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Environmental Performance Index ranks performance in key environmental areas on a per-country basis.

It breaks down these issues into two broad policy areas: detection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. It then ranks each nation based on their overall performance.



Brazil’s Amazon deforestation has soared, satellite pictures suggest

Sep 11th, 2013 | By

Preliminary data released Tuesday by Brazil’s space agency suggests Amazon deforestation spiked by more than a third during the past year, reversing a steady decline in destruction of the world’s largest rainforest. If substantiated by follow-up data typically compiled by the end of the year, the increase would confirm fears by scientists and environmental activists

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Slash and Burn: Brazil Shreds Laws Protecting Its Rainforests

May 27th, 2011 | By

Brazil has taken a big step towards passing new laws that will loosen restrictions on the amount of Amazon rainforest that farmers can destroy, after its lower house of parliament voted in favour of updating the country’s 46-year-old forest code. In a move described as “disastrous” by conservationists, the nation’s congress backed a bill relaxing

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