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Where will the loggers strike next? Map could model deforestation vulnerability across the Amazon rainforest | guardian.co.uk

Researchers from Imperial College London say their map of timber prices could be used to model regional vulnerability to deforestation across the Amazon rainforest Researchers exploring the value of different types of timber across the Amazon rainforest have produced a fascinating choropleth map to illustrate their findings. Shown above, it consists of timber values plotted on a gridded map of ...

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Norway accused of hypocrisy over Indonesian deforestation funding | guardian.co.uk

Norway has been accused of climate hypocrisy in Indonesia, where it has won plaudits for financing forest protection even as its state pension fund allegedly secures even greater revenues from logging, plantations, mining and other environmentally destructive practices. Conservation groups say Norway’s sovereign wealth fund – thought to be the largest in the world – should set a better example ...

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Brazil’s Deforestation Quagmire | Truthout

In the last few weeks, a series of major events has signaled the urgent need for constructive change to Brazil’s current policies regarding the Amazon rainforest. On May 19, 2011, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) released satellite images indicating that deforestation increased from 103 km2 in March and April 2010 to 593 km2 in the same period of ...

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Brazil to protect Amazon activists threatened with murder | The Guardian

The Brazilian authorities are to provide government protection to activists threatened with murder following a series of killings in the Amazon. The measures, announced on Tuesday, should see at least 131 people receive some form of protection, among them environmental activists, rural leaders and human rights defenders. “The most important thing is to guarantee that those behind the threats are ...

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Brazil forms ‘crisis cabinet’ following unexpected deforestation surge | guardian.co.uk

Hundreds of environmental protection officers are being deployed in the Brazilian Amazon after government satellites detected a sudden, unexpected surge in deforestation. On Wednesday, Brazil’s environment minister Izabella Teixeira announced the creation of a “crisis cabinet” to crackdown on illegal logging in the world’s largest tropical rainforest, after satellites registered a 27% hike in Amazon deforestation between August 2010 and ...

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Slash and Burn: Brazil Shreds Laws Protecting Its Rainforests | Common Dreams

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 laws on the deforestation of ...

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