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Deforestation, pollution, climate change, and old fashioned human carelessness are wreaking havoc on the world's forests.
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 Brazilian Amazon has experienced more than 74,000 fires this year, whereas last year's total was around 40,000.
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.
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has broken records in July. Scientists warn that, after a point, the Amazon might not be able to recover.
Cambodia's forests are under threat from illegal loggers, forcing villagers to take matters into their own hands.
Humans have had an unmistakable impact on Earth — one that pops out in sharp relief in this collection of before-and-after images.
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 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.
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.
The nation's new capital city, Borneo, has been plagued by deforestation, which releases high amounts of carbon dioxide.
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.
Forests are our "greatest natural ally in the fight against global warming," said one conservationist.
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.
A new device shoots seeds into the soil at high speeds.
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.
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.
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 has pledged 145 million kroner ($16.6m) to an international partnership to combat illegal deforestation and help reach Paris climate accord goals.
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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