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

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

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

Global Forest Watch: Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners launched in February 20 the Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to

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