Soldiers reportedly kill forest defenders in Cambodia after they challenged illegal loggers

January 31, 2018 by  
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Government forces reportedly attacked a forest protection ranger, conservation worker, and military police officer in a part of northeastern Cambodia that grapples with illegal logging, the Associated Press reported . The soldiers killed the forest defenders in what seemed to be retaliation after the three-person team seized equipment from illegal loggers , according to officials. Senior environmental official Keo Sopheak said, “The three were killed not by robbers or a guerrilla group but they were shot by government armed forces who backed the illegal timber cutting.” The three-person team had been patrolling the Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary , according to the Associated Press, which described them as the latest victims in a trend of environmental defenders murdered by people seeking to exploit natural resources for financial gain. They’d confiscated motorcycles and chainsaws from Vietnamese people illegally logging, Sopheak said. Per the Associated Press, security forces in Cambodia sometimes work with illegal loggers who then smuggle the timber into Vietnam nearby. Related: 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes 6 activists who risk life and limb to protect the environment On their page about the Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia said the Seima Protection Forest (SPF) “boasts more than 60 species that are Globally Threatened, Near-threatened, or Data Deficient by IUCN criteria. The area is home to 25 different species of carnivore, including Tiger and seven other species of wild cat. The SPF is of international importance for the conservation of primates , Asian elephants, wild cattle, and several species of birds.” Sopheak said the civilian killed was a WCS Cambodian employee. Illicit wood trade is a multimillion dollar affair across southeast Asia , per the Associated Press, with China as a major market. The Keo Seima sanctuary reportedly contains valuable timber alongside threatened wildlife species. Via The Associated Press on The Guardian Images via Flickr ,  Depositphotos and Pixabay

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Monarch butterfly populations are multiplying

June 29, 2016 by  
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Monarch butterflies are finally on the rebound. With the colorful pollinators threatened by everything from pesticides to habitat destruction, the U.S. government pledged $3.2 million to the cause last year. Back in March, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico survey found reason for hope, showing a substantial population increase in migration numbers. But the butterflies aren’t in the clear just yet. According to University of Chicago professor Marcus Kronforst, in 1996 around one billion monarchs migrated, but in 2013 there were just 35 million. The March WWF Mexico survey revealed the insects were rebounding, with numbers rising to roughly 150 million. More milkweed planted has played a part in the rebound, as has weather that suits the butterflies. Related: 8 Ways that you can help save monarch butterflies Natural Resources Defense Council scientist Sylvia Fallon recently told Reuters they are hopeful about curbing butterfly losses. But, she warned,”we must be careful not to declare victory too soon.” She was all too right. Researchers from the United States and Mexico utilized drones and satellite images to uncover evidence of illegal logging in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site . They published a paper in American Entomologist , in which they report around 25 acres of trees have been chopped down in the last year, destroying important habitat. Mexico environmental officials arrested 35 loggers in early to mid 2015, but landowners claim logging has been ongoing despite the arrests. The researchers began to grasp the scope of the illegal activity through imagery. Sweet Briar College professor Lincoln Brower, lead author on the paper, told TakePart, “You can’t have huge trucks removing all of this wood without knowledge of what’s going on. It really questions the governance of the reserve.” Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Endangered Species Program Director Sarina Jepsen said that monarch conservation efforts have centered around the problems of pesticides and planting milkweed, but that we shouldn’t forget butterflies also battle deforestation . Via TakePart and Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and Luna sin estrellas on Flickr

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Amazon deforestation leaps 16 percent in 2015

December 14, 2015 by  
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The Brazilian government has released some disturbing news : despite years of progress combatting deforestation , 2015 saw a 16 percent increase in the number of trees destroyed. In total, 2,251 square miles (5,830 square kilometers) of forest were lost between July 2014 and August 2015, an area about half the size of Los Angeles. Read the rest of Amazon deforestation leaps 16 percent in 2015

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A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

June 9, 2015 by  
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Technology has brought the reality of deforestation in the Amazon into a whole new light: Images from the Landsat satellites have provided us a look at the sheer scale of the devastation there and Google has created a time lapse video of 40 years of destruction in the region. Now, those working to preserve the region’s diverse ecosystem have turned to drones to help stop illegal logging and mining activities. Using $5000 dollar wing drones, custom designed by a Wake Forest University graduate student, the Amazon Basin Conservation Association in Peru is catching deforestation as it happens—giving them a greater shot at stopping loggers in their tracks. Read the rest of A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazon conservation , amazon rainforest , deforestation , drones amazon , drones conservation , environmental destruction , illegal logging , illegal mining , los amigos , uavs , wake forest

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Pakistan province to plant 1 billion trees to revive plundered forests

May 7, 2015 by  
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Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwai government has announced plans to plant 1 billion trees to revive the province’s once glorious coniferous forests. Since the September 11 attacks in the United States, illegal loggers and Taliban have plundered the forests, so that only stumps remained of the region’s Pindrow fir, Morinda spruce, deodar, blue pine and chir pine trees. In 2012, The Guardian reported the administrative district Swat was a major target, and the Taliban “mercilessly stripped” Swat of its trees to sustain their military operations. Now, aware of the twin threat of climate change and land erosion, the provincial government will pump $150 million into a monumental tree-planting effort, Al Jazeera reports . Local nurseries expect the plan will boost their business as well. Elsewhere in the region, according to Treehugger , other plans are underway to plant 2 billion trees in neighboring India, while Ethiopia has also been hard at work replanting after deforestation. Via  Treehugger Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , environmental news , forestry , government , illegal logging , Khyber Pakhtunkwa province , News , Pakistan , planting trees , The Taliban

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

November 28, 2014 by  
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Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country’s new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand against the destruction, announcing a review of plantation companies’ operations and protective measures for the country’s peatlands. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest carbon dioxide emitter, so curbing deforestation is a vital step for the country in achieving its substantial 26 percent emissions reduction targets  by 2020. Read the rest of Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , carbon emissions , deforestation , habitat destruction , illegal logging , indonesia , mono cropping , palm oil , peat , peat forest , peatland , plantations , President Joko Widodo , timber plantation

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Interpol Wants Your Help Catching the Worst Environmental Criminals

November 18, 2014 by  
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Interpol is launching the first-ever Most Wanted-style list for environmental criminals. Consisting of nine individuals suspected of all kind of eco-crimes, the list is meant to raise awareness and help capture the worst environmental criminals out there. All told, these crimes have cost hundreds of millions of dollars for crimes such as  poaching , ivory trafficking and illegal logging. Read the rest of Interpol Wants Your Help Catching the Worst Environmental Criminals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-crime , environmental crime , environmental criminals , environmental criminals most wanted , illegal fishing ivory trade , illegal logging , interpol , Interpol Environmental criminals , Interpol Most Wanted , Interpol poachers , poaching

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‘Environmental Activist’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Reportedly Linked to Illegal Logging Companies

March 27, 2014 by  
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A new report from Global Witness states that movie star/governor/”environmental champion” Arnold Schwarzenegger is part owner of an investment company that backs some of the world’s most destructive logging companies. The report shows that Schwarzenegger’s Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) , which bills itself as a ‘pioneer in financial engineering’, has links to 50 of the world’s biggest tropical forestry companies. Read the rest of ‘Environmental Activist’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Reportedly Linked to Illegal Logging Companies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger , borneo rainforests , Climate Change , deforestation , Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) , environemental champion , global witness , illegal logging , investment        

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Hundreds of Dead Pigs Pulled From Chinese Waterways Every Month

March 27, 2014 by  
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If you thought China’s flood of pig carcasses was a one-time thing, you are in for a nasty surprise. According to Chinese state media, hundreds of dead pigs are appearing in a reservoir in Qionglai every month. The carcasses are partially caused by recent government attempts to stop already-dead pork from reaching consumers. With over 300,000 pig farmers along the rivers that feed the reservoir, it seems as though some farmers are dumping the carcasses into the river in order to dispose of them. Read the rest of Hundreds of Dead Pigs Pulled From Chinese Waterways Every Month Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: China dead pig flood , China food control , China pig carcasses , China pigs , Chinese dead pig flood , Chinese food laws , Chinese food regulations , Chinese pig , Chinese pig carcasses , Chinese pig farms , Chinese pig flood , Chinese pork , Chinese pork regulations , dead pig carcass , dead pig flood , pig carcass , pig carcass flood , pig carcass in reservoirs , pig carcass in rivers , pig carcass in waterways , pig flood        

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3 signs of progress in curbing the illegal wood trade

July 8, 2013 by  
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As illegal logging rates decline, companies and cities are stepping up to control their supply chains and use only legally sourced wood.

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