Help Brazil Preserve the Amazon

By Beto Veríssimo and Paulo Barreto The next U.S. president could help prevent further deforestation by building on past collaboration with Brazil.   In the new issue of Americas Quarterly, we asked people, “What would you tell the next U.S. president about Latin America?” To see other authors’ responses, click here.     Dear Mister / Madam President, Last June,

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Reseacher Paulo Barreto participates in panel at the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference

Session: Shifting towards Sustainable Production systems for Beef and Oil Palm Thursday, 17/Mar/2016   1:00pm – 2:30pm (Local time) Main Achievements and Challenges faced by Public and Private Actors towards Sustainability (Paulo Barreto – Imazon)   Background Private sector actors are making significant efforts to green their supply chains, while at the same time ensuring they

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Imazon at COP-21

COP-21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference began this Monday (November 30), bringing together heads of state from around the world with the objective of putting together a new agreement between countries to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, decreasing global warming and thus limiting the increase in global temperature to 2ºC by 2100. COP-21

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RAISG study reveals that Amazon deforestation tends to decrease but remains too high

The Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG) reveals in a recent publication that the loss of original forest cover of the Amazon rainforest decelerated between 2000 and 2013 relative to the 1970-2000 period. Despite this deceleration, figures remain high within the entire region for the three periods analyzed (200-2005-2010-2013). The study estimates that 222,248

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Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

MADISON, Wis. — Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the behavior of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to

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European Commission agrees to use social progress tool alongside GDP

The Social Progress Index, now used by the European Commission, considers social and environmental indicators to measure a country’s success In a breakthrough for campaigners seeking a more holistic approach to measuring the health of nations, the European Commission has committed to integrating social and environmental considerations into the heart of its economic decision making.

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Google-powered map helps fight deforestation

Global Forest Watch, a mapping platform supported by Google, is using technology to keep a closer eye on the planet’s forests he forestry website Mongabay recently reported that United Cacao, a London-listed company that promises to produce ethical, sustainable chocolate, had “quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of primary, closed-canopy rainforest” in the Peruvian

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Estudio revela que Bolivia pierde 1,8 millones de hectáreas de bosque por deforestación

Bolivia perdió 1 millón 820.000 hectáreas de bosques por efectos de la deforestación en el periodo 2000 y 2010, señaló el estudio “Mapa de deforestación de las tierras bajas y yungas de Bolivia”, elaborado por la Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN-Bolivia). Bolivia perdió 1 millón 820.000 hectáreas de bosques por efectos de la deforestación

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Study shows Brazil’s Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

By Kelly April Tyrrell Soybeans grow near a forested area in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Under the SoyMoratorium, major trading companies do not purchase soybeans produced in the BrazilianAmazon on recently deforested areas.Credit: Lisa Rausch Today, fewer chicken nuggets can trace their roots to cleared Amazon rain forest. In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace

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