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Ranchers using Agent Orange to deforest the Amazon

180 hectares (450 acres) of rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon were defoliated using a potent mix of herbicides dropped by airplane, reports IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental law enforcement agency. The affected area, which is south of the city of Canutama and near the Mapinguari Jacareúba / Katawixi indigenous reservation in Rondônia, was first detected by Brazil’s […]

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Stoves, seeds could save African forests

Efficient cookstoves and better crop seeds could play a key role in saving forests in sub-Saharan Africa, helping to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide, environmental experts reported on Sunday. This is important, since deforestation and forest degradation are the second-largest source of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions after the burning of fossil fuels. While forests […]

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Brazilian deforestation rate skyrockets to new levels

Toward the end of 2010, deforestation rates in the South American country of Brazil – home to the world’s largest rainforest (Amazon) – were on the decline; rates in the country were the lowest since they began keeping track over two decades ago. Not even one year later, though, and new reports paint an entirely […]

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How can farmers adapt to climate change? Get ‘climate smart.’

A new “climate smart” tool can help farmers reduce production and operating costs, improve profitability by reducing energy and water consumption, generate new products from agricultural waste, and ensure more efficient use of fertilizers. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, responsible for 14% […]

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Worst Impact of Climate Change May Be How Humanity Reacts to It

The way that humanity reacts to climate change may do more damage to many areas of the planet than climate change itself unless we plan properly, an important new study published in Conservation Letters by Conservation International’s Will Turner and a group of other leading scientists has concluded. The paper Climate change: helping nature survive […]

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Over 900 dead as floods sweep Asia

Peshawar – Floods sweeping Asia have killed more than 900 people, officials said on Saturday, washing away thousands of homes and destroying infrastructure in some of the worst scenes in living memory. Heavy monsoon rains exacted the heaviest toll in northwest Pakistan, with 800 confirmed dead and the regional capital Peshawar cut off, while the […]

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