13 photos that show how humans have changed the world's forests

2019-09-01 09:08

Deforestation, pollution, climate change, and old fashioned human carelessness are wreaking havoc on the world's forests.

Brazil has seen 100,000 fire alerts in 10 days, but it's not just the Amazon — one map shows how much of South America is burning

2019-08-24 10:36

A record 74,000 fires ignited in Brazil this year. In addition to the Brazilian Amazon, much of South America is on fire too.

The Amazon is burning at a rate not seen since we started keeping track. The smoke is reaching cities 3,000 kilometres away.

2019-08-22 10:04

The Brazilian Amazon has experienced more than 74,000 fires this year, whereas last year's total was around 40,000.

Norway blocks €30m deforestation subsidy to Brazil

2019-08-16 11:00

Norway said it would halt Amazon protection subsidies worth 30m euros ($33m) to Brazil, which it accused of turning its back on the fight against deforestation.

The 'lungs of the planet' are in danger of reaching a tipping point that could turn the Amazon rainforest into a savannah

2019-07-31 09:36

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has broken records in July. Scientists warn that, after a point, the Amazon might not be able to recover.

WATCH: The grandads fighting back against deforestation

2019-06-06 21:49

Cambodia's forests are under threat from illegal loggers, forcing villagers to take matters into their own hands.

21 images that show how much we've reshaped planet Earth over the last century

2019-04-13 09:17

Humans have had an unmistakable impact on Earth — one that pops out in sharp relief in this collection of before-and-after images.

WATCH: Chile's pine forests: A botanical dinosaur bound for extinction?

2018-12-11 12:36

In Quinquen, an indigenous community in southern Chile, Ricardo Melinir shows off a forest of Chilean pine trees – the araucaria araucana, a "living fossil" seen as sacred by several local tribes.

Greenpeace links forest destruction for palm oil to brands

2018-09-20 06:34

Greenpeace says global consumer brands continue to buy palm oil from companies that are cutting down Indonesia's rainforests despite repeated pledges to clean up their supply chains.

UN schemes to save forests 'can trample on tribal rights'

2018-03-21 08:43

The only UN-approved financial mechanism to curb deforestation, a key driver of global warming, has bulldozed the rights of forest-dwelling peoples on three continents and needs to be fixed, experts say.


Indonesia is spending R500 billion to move its capital from a sinking city to an island where forests have been burning

2019-08-30 08:58

The nation's new capital city, Borneo, has been plagued by deforestation, which releases high amounts of carbon dioxide.

The blazes in the Amazon are so big they can be seen from space. One map shows the alarming scale of the fires.

2019-08-23 09:31

The Brazilian Amazon is burning at a record rate. Nearly 10,000 fires have sparked in the last week, and satellites have spotted the blazes.

We've killed off more than 50% of forest animals on Earth, a new report found — even more evidence of a 6th mass extinction

2019-08-21 17:26

Forests are our "greatest natural ally in the fight against global warming," said one conservationist.

New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long term

2019-08-14 09:26

The challenge, then, is convincing people to use land in ways that do more than maximise short-term benefits. As the most recent IPCC report states, degraded land produces less food and stores less carbon.

This South African invention allows drones to plant hundreds of trees in minutes

2019-07-02 14:50

A new device shoots seeds into the soil at high speeds.

World's forests 'in emergency room' after years of losses

2019-04-30 07:54

The world lost 12 million hectares of tropical tree cover in 2018 – the equivalent of 30 football pitches a minute – researchers said, warning the planet's health was at stake.

Saving the Namibia forest: Petition is a few signatures shy of 10 000 target

2019-03-04 16:33

The announcement that 300- to 400-year-old trees in the Kavango Region of Namibia would be cut down, has prompted the creation of an online petition.

WATCH: China goes bananas for world's smelliest fruit

2018-11-26 16:30

China's hungry for durian like never before, sparking a boom for the fruit and sending Malaysia scrambling to develop thousands of acres to cash in on the demand.

Norway: $16.6m to combat illegal deforestation

2018-06-28 15:13

Norway has pledged 145 million kroner ($16.6m) to an international partnership to combat illegal deforestation and help reach Paris climate accord goals.

World loses South Africa-sized forest area in 25 years

2015-09-07 15:27

The world has lost forests the size of South Africa over the past 25 years, a decline of more than 3%, a report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation says.

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