2019: The year rainforests burned

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  • 2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments, and fires burning through rainforests on four continents.
  • The following review covers some of the biggest rainforest storylines for the year.

2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments, and fires burning through rainforests on four continents.

The following covers some of the biggest rainforest storylines for the year. The list isn’t exhaustive, so if there are important things missing, feel free to add them via the comment function at the bottom. Tiếp tục đọc “2019: The year rainforests burned”

Manage Deforestation Risk in Supply Chains

The world lost 12 million hectares of tropical forests in 2018, according to Global Forest Watch, and nearly 40 percent of deforestation is commodity-driven. Why is it so hard for companies to stop deforestation? Commodities like palm oil, cocoa, beef and soy may change hands dozens of times from the moment they’re harvested until they end up in candy bars, toothpaste or baby formula, making it nearly impossible to track deforestation in products. Today, it is finally possible for a company or bank of any size to analyze and manage deforestation risk using GFW Pro.

China, EU, US trading with Brazilian firms fined for Amazon deforestation: report

Conserving Forests Could Cut Carbon Emissions As Much As Getting Rid of Every Car on Earth

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By Susan MinnemeyerNancy Harris and Octavia Payne

Cantonal Hojancha was once a major cattle ranching region. Most of this area was cleared for pasture only 30 years ago. Now, many of the residents have moved into the service industry, and the pasture land has slowly converted back to forest. Photo by Aaron Minnick (World Resources Institute)

New analysis from The Nature Conservancy, WRI and others estimates that stopping deforestation, restoring forests and improving forestry practices could cost-effectively remove 7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or as much as eliminating 1.5 billion cars—more than all of the cars in the world today!

In fact, forests are key to at least six of the study’s 20 “natural climate solutions,” which could collectively reduce 11.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That’s as much as halting global oil consumption, and would get us one-third of the way toward limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels — the threshold for avoiding catastrophic effects of climate change — by 2030.

Stopping Deforestation Offers the Biggest Benefit

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Global Tree Cover Loss Remains High. Emerging Patterns Reveal Shifting Contributors.

Global Forest Watch released new satellite-based data showing how forests around the world changed in the year 2015. The data, produced through the analysis of roughly a million satellite images by the University of Maryland and Google, measures the death or removal of trees at least 5 meters tall within 30×30 meter areas. This can capture any number of sustainable or unsustainable activities, from the clearing of natural forests to the harvest of tree plantations, but when analyzed appropriately with other contextual data and information can serve as a proxy for deforestation (typically defined as the permanent conversion of forest land for another use). Tiếp tục đọc “Global Tree Cover Loss Remains High. Emerging Patterns Reveal Shifting Contributors.”

New Platform Reveals How Much Carbon Is Locked in Tropical Forests – and How Much Was Lost

WRI – Between 2001 and 2013, greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation across the world’s tropical forests were, on average, larger than Russia’s economy-wide emissions in 2012. That’s 2,270 million metric tons (Mt) of carbon dioxide every year.

Emissions from tropical deforestation have significant implications for implementation of the new national climate plans (INDCs), as well as international initiatives like the New York Declaration on Forests, whose signatories aim to cut global deforestation in half by 2020. Tiếp tục đọc “New Platform Reveals How Much Carbon Is Locked in Tropical Forests – and How Much Was Lost”