Forests

"Deforestation In Brazil's Amazon Falls To Lowest Since 2018"

"Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon dropped by 22.3% in the 12 months through July, government data showed on Thursday, as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made good on a pledge to rein in the destruction that happened under his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro."

Source: CNN, 11/13/2023

Future-Curious Climate Scientists Are Researching How Trees Form Clouds

"Ever looked up at the clouds and wondered where they came from? That's exactly what atmospheric researcher Lubna Dada studies at the Paul Scherrer Institute. She is part of an international project called CLOUD, wherein she and fellow atmospheric scientists study how clouds form and the role they play in the climate."

Source: NPR, 11/10/2023

"America’s New Wildfire Risk Goes Beyond Forests"

"Forest fires may get more attention, but a new study reveals that grassland fires are more widespread and destructive across the United States. Almost every year since 1990, the study found, grass and shrub fires burned more land than forest fires did, and they destroyed more homes, too."

Source: NYTimes, 11/10/2023
December 20, 2023

DEADLINE: Rainforest Investigations Network Reporting Fellowships

The Pulitzer Center's RIN seeks to harness investigative reporting and cross-border collaboration to tackle deforestation stories at the intersection of climate change, corruption and governance in the world’s three main tropical rainforest regions: Amazon, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia. Deadline: Dec 20, 2023.

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"How An American Meat Broker Is Fueling Amazon Deforestation"

"China has become the world’s biggest importer of beef, and Brazil is China’s biggest supplier, according to United Nations Comtrade data. More beef moves from Brazil to China than between any other two countries. But the Brazilian cattle industry is a major driver of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest."

Source: AP, 11/03/2023

In Benin, Voodoo’s Birthplace, Believers Bemoan Shrinkage Of Sacred Forests

"For many people in Benin, the forests empowered them before they were born, or in the first months of their lives. Barren women performed Voodoo rituals by sacred trees to get pregnant. Others were brought as newborns by parents seeking to ward off evil spirits."

Source: AP, 10/31/2023

High-Risk Reporting Yields Results on Palm Oil Investigation

The devastation caused by the Amazonian palm oil industry was at the heart of an investigation by Mongabay reporter Karla Mendes. But first she had to face hostile sources, intransigent regulators and a robbery attempt. Ultimately, the project not only won a reporting prize from the Society of Environmental Journalists but brought global awareness and government action. Her experience, in Inside Story Q&A.

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