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Op-Ed: COVID-19 shows that what we're doing to animals is killing us, too 2.4.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Pandemics will become ever more common because of our use of animals and the destruction of their habitats.

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Column: 3 billion birds have vanished from our skies. Can we ever bring them back? 18.3.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Steve Holmer heads the American Bird Conservancy, whose motto is "Bringing back the birds." Can it be done, and how?

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Close to tipping point, Amazon could collapse in 50 years 11.3.2020 Raw Story
The Amazon rainforest is nearing a threshold which, once crossed, would see one of the world’s largest and richest ecosystems morph into arid savannah within half-a-century, scientists said Tuesday. Another major ecosystem, Caribbean coral reefs, could die off in only 15 years were it to pass its own point-of-no-return, the scientists reported in the journal […]
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The world’s only known albino orangutan spotted in Borneo rainforest 4.3.2020 Raw Story
The world’s only known albino orangutan has been spotted alive and well in a Borneo rainforest, more than a year after she was released into the wild, conservationists say. Alba, a blue-eyed primate covered in fuzzy white hair, was taken in 2017 from a cage where she was being kept as a pet by villagers […]
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Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope 27.2.2020 Raw Story
Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop the Amazon rainforest. A bill he is sponsoring, now before Congress, would allow transportation infrastructure to be built on indigenous territory. Such lands cover 386,000 square miles of the Brazilian Amazon – one-fifth of the jungle. Here, Native people are […]
Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" Played for an Old Former-Captive Elephant 24.2.2020 Little Green Footballs
Simply one of the most moving music videos I've ever seen. Mongkol is a 61-year-old former logging elephant. His captive-held life was spent hauling trees in the Thai forest. His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice. Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai. I discovered Mongkol is an extremely gentle, sensitive elephant who enjoys music, especially this slow movement by Beethoven which I play to him occasionally in the day and ...
Trump’s Plan to Plant a Trillion Saplings Misses the Forest for the Trees 19.2.2020 Mother Jones
Donald Trump, it turns out, is a fan of trees. A big fan. Such a fan, in fact, that at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, late last month, the president announced that the United States will join the One Trillion Tree Initiative, an international plan to plant and restore a trillion trees globally […]
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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro lashes out at pope’s Amazon text 13.2.2020 Raw Story
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate-change skeptic, lashed out at Pope Francis Thursday after the pontiff pleaded for the protection of the Amazon rainforest, and attacked the environmental group Greenpeace as “rubbish.” “Pope Francis said yesterday the Amazon is his, the world’s, everyone’s,” said Bolsonaro, who has often railed against international criticism of his […]
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Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod 12.2.2020 Raw Story
Pope Francis is on Wednesday to release a much-anticipated text about the Amazon, which is not expected to open up the priesthood to married men in the region despite an appeal from a historic Vatican meeting of bishops last year. The text could however make damaging the environment a sin, one of the recommendations of […]
Letters to the Editor: Bulldozing old-growth forests for cattle grazing is profoundly reckless 2.2.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The West's native pinyon-juniper forests are a fragile treasure, and the Trump administration is bulldozing them for ranchers.

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Op-Ed: Pinyon and juniper woodlands define the West. Why is the BLM turning them to mulch? 30.1.2020 LA Times: Environment

The BLM claims, with little support, that less native forest will save the sage grouse. But the real beneficiary is cattle.

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Tropical Forests Are Losing the Ability to Absorb CO2, Study Says 28.1.2020 Truthout.com
Tropical Forests Are Losing the Ability to Absorb CO2, Study Says
Amazon indigenous leaders accuse Brazil of ‘genocide’ policy 18.1.2020 Raw Story
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s pledge to open up the Amazon to mining companies was tantamount to “genocide”, indigenous leaders said Friday at a meeting to oppose the government’s environmental policies. Hundreds of elders gathered this week at Pairacu, deep in the rainforest, to form a united front against Bolsonaro’s environmental policies, which have seen deforestation […]
Amazon tribes meet to counter environmental threats from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro 17.1.2020 Raw Story
Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns. The main objective of the meeting is to present a united front against Bolsonaro’s plans, which they say pose […]
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon up 85 percent in 2019 15.1.2020 Raw Story
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil soared 85 percent in 2019, compared with the previous year, official data showed Tuesday. The 9,166 square kilometers (3,539 square miles) cleared was the highest number in at least five years, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. In 2018, the deforested area was 4,946 square […]
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Indigenous peoples key to saving threatened forests 8.1.2020 Raw Story
More than a third of the world’s vanishing pristine forests are managed by indigenous peoples under threat from development and deforestation, scientists said Tuesday, calling for greater protection. As deadly bushfires ravage Australia’s east coast, a new assessment of how wild forests are maintained showed that indigenous people have tenure over 36 percent of Earth’s […]
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Statistic of the Decade: The Massive Deforestation of the Amazon 30.12.2019 Truthout.com
Rainforest trees burn against a yellow sky
Since 2010, mile upon mile of rainforest has been replaced with a wide range of commercial developments.
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Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon 29.12.2019 The Moderate Voice

Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade. Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of […]

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Why We Can’t Just #PlantATree 27.12.2019 Truthout.com
Tree planting must follow the vital work of protecting existing trees and reducing emissions through direct action.
Tree planting must follow the vital work of protecting existing trees and reducing emissions through direct action.
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Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon 24.12.2019 Raw Story
This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade. Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this decade. The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for […]
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