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With attention on virus, Amazon deforestation surges

May 09, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The numbers raise new questions about how well Brazil is protecting its share of the world's biggest rainforest under President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate change skeptic who advocates opening protected lands to mining and farming

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Right now, every minute, over 3 football fields of Amazon rainforest are being lost

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/

Pope Francis fears for Amazon, planet's 'vital lung'

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:08 PM

He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible

POPE'S MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Official figures show 78,383 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far in 2019, the highest number of any year since 2013

DEFORESTED LAND. Aerial picture showing a deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near an area affected by fires, about 65 km from Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on August 23, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Why is part of the Amazon burning?

Aug 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Amazon deforestation began in the 1970s, reaching its peak rate at the end of the 1990s and the start of the 2000s

Photo from NOAA

The Amazon is on fire: Here are 5 things you need to know

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The fires are emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometers away


Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'No matter how successful we are, if our Earth dies, we all die,' says one Twitter post

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Fires have been concentrated in states occupying the Amazon. Thick smoke has blanketed several cities in recent days and even caused a commercial flight to be diverted.

FOREST FIRES. In this image, taken by NOAA-20, the smoke from the fires in the Amazon rainforest can be clearly seen. File photo from NOAA

Indonesian man walking in reverse to save forests

Aug 11, 2019 - 1:08 PM

Medi Bastoni sets out on his arduous with the goal of reaching Jakarta by August 16, a day before the Southeast Asian nation's independence day anniversary

REVERSE. This handout courtesy of Medi Bastoni taken and released on August 5, 2019 shows Bastoni as he takes a selfie during a quick stop in Kendal, during his ongoing campaign to draw attention to the issue of deforestation in Indonesia.  Medi Bastoni/AFP

Big brands break pledge to not destroy forests – report

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Some of the world's largest consumer brands, who pledged in 2010 to reach net zero deforestation within a decade, appear to fail to stop the pace of deforestation linked to commodities, increasing it 'dramatically' instead

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

IN PHOTOS: Revisiting Cagayan de Oro's dwindling forest cover

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Here's a look back at the environmental degradation observed in the wake of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in December 2011

DEFORESTATION. Logs washed away after the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) in December 2011. All file photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Confiscation crusaders try to save Philippine paradise

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

With weak or corrupt authorities often unwilling to take on the fight, the Palawan NGO Network Inc, or PNNI, seeks to fill the void

FOREST GUARDIANS. This photo taken on September 26, 2017 shows environmental para-enforcers from the Palawan NGO Network Inc (PNNI), resting at an illegal logging site on Palawan island in the Philippines. Karl Malakunas/AFP

Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations is driving critically endangered Sumatran tigers towards extinction, researchers warn

WILD CAT. A file photo taken on March 27, 2014 shows Harfan, a male Sumatran tiger born in 2008, being presented to the public for the first time at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. John Macdougall/AFP

HSBC funding Indonesian forest destruction – Greenpeace

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:03 PM

The environmental group said the British bank had broken its own guidelines which ban supporting palm oil companies involved in unsustainable practices

BARE. This photo taken on August 5, 2016 shows the remains of burned down forest at the outskirt of Pontianak, in West Kalimantan. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

#ClimateActionPH: Why forests are a crucial weapon

Jul 02, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Find out more about forests and their role in mitigating climate change in this infographic

How fossil fuels destroy biodiversity

Apr 13, 2016 - 11:01 AM

If the Philippines continues to depend on fossil fuels it will undoubtedly worsen the conditions of wildlife in the country and subsequently our well being as a society

Graphic by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Images courtesy Shutterstock.

PH leads the way in global fight vs climate change

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project host the 31st Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Manila on March 14 to 16

PROTECTING MANGROVES. Efforts to protect mangroves like the Siargao Island’s 8,620 hectares of mangrove forests significantly reduce greenhouse gases. Photo by SIKAT

Indonesian birds on the brink as forests plundered

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Once common bird species are being driven to the brink of extinction as an obsession for bird keeping and even avian singing contests fuels unprecedented demand

CAGED. This photograph taken on January 7, 2016 shows a man spraying water at a lorikeet bird before it performs for a singing contest in Jakarta. Bay Ismoyo / AFP

Signals: Indigenous communities and climate change

Nov 10, 2015 - 11:55 PM

[Special Report] We take a look at how two indigenous communities are heeding signals from the Earth as they cope with and adapt to a changing planet

Signals: Blame Game

Nov 10, 2015 - 7:25 AM

Mindoro s forests are vanishing at a rapid pace – and swidden farming better known as kaingin is eyed as one of the culprits Are the Mangyans really to blame?

What's eating up Mindoro's forests?

Nov 10, 2015 - 4:45 AM

If there really is no logging then why are trees disappearing?

Lumad, Asian indigenous peoples begin journey to Paris #COP21

Sep 24, 2015 - 12:09 AM

Dulphing Ogan a Lumad from Southern Philippines will join a delegation of indigenous peoples from Asia that will fly to France in December for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of Parties

Climate: Tropical forests in trouble

Sep 02, 2015 - 9:38 PM

Bringing tropical deforestation under control is a crucial plank in the complex UN negotiations set to culminate this December

THE AMAZON. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. EPA/Cecilia Puebla

Stopping mangrove deforestation in Indonesia could help slow climate change

Jul 30, 2015 - 1:25 PM

Mangroves are being converted for shrimp and fish ponds In urban areas they are destroyed for land reclamation for residential areas

Planting mangroves on the coast near Banda Aceh is aimed at greening the coastal areas that were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, as well as a buffer zone to reduce the destructive of tsunami waves in the future. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak

Conservationists press Jakarta to follow industry lead on forests

Jun 07, 2015 - 12:10 PM

The second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia announced it had stopped harvesting natural forest in a move hailed as major breakthrough

A cleared natural forest opened by local villagers in Riau, Indonesia, on April 28, 2008. Over-exploitation of forests due to illegal logging has also resulted in a tremendous rate of deforestation in Indonesia. Photo by EPA

State of PH environment: Good conservation efforts, bad air quality

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:44 PM

The capital s air quality is dirtier while endangered species are bouncing back and reforestation rates go up

ENDANGERED KING. The Philippines struggles to protect the glorious Philippine Eagle dubbed 'Haribon' or King of Philippine Birds

Brazil arrests 'Amazon's biggest deforester'

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Brazilian authorities arrest the boss of a gang blamed for 20 of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in recent years

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Amazon indigenous land loss threatens climate – study

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:14 AM

Study finds indigenous territories and protected natural areas account for 55 of all carbon stored in the Amazon

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Brazil government claims drop in Amazon deforestation

Nov 27, 2014 - 7:51 AM

The official figures are at odds with a conservation group s findings

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Anak muda pun bisa selamatkan lingkungan

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Apabila Indonesia dapat rekor sebagai negara dengan laju deforestasi tercepat sebesar 1 8 juta hektar per tahun maka lawanlah itu dengan menciptakan rekor penanaman 500 juta pohon dalam satu jam

Penebangan hutan untuk alih guna lahan merupakan sesuatu yang jamak terjadi di Indonesia. Hal tersebut bisa dicegah dengan kemauan anak muda untuk berbuat sesuatu. Foto oleh Mast Irham/EPA

Baguio gets $250,000 ADB grant for water governance study

Sep 27, 2014 - 5:39 PM

The Asian Development Bank aims to assist the city in designing a multisectoral multi functional and multilateral City Water Governance Committee for better and sustainable water governance

DIMINISHING PINE FOREST. The depletion of Baguio City's pine forest is the primary cause of its inadequate groundwater supply. Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

Amazon deforestation up 29% in 2013 – Brazil

Sep 11, 2014 - 7:56 AM

The figure reverses several years of decline despite being the second lowest annual increase since records began in 1988

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Gov’t aims to reverse deforestation trend in 2014

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:18 PM

In 2014 the size of forested land may be able to match the size of denuded land reversing a more than two decade old trend

DISAPPEARING FORESTS. In the Philippines, forests are often cleared to make way for agricultural land

Brazil cracks 'biggest' Amazon deforestation gang

Aug 28, 2014 - 2:39 PM

The group is responsible for environmental crimes to the tune of 230 million says the Brazilian Environmental Institute

THE AMAZON. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. EPA/Cecilia Puebla

Rethinking the National Greening Program

Jun 22, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Is the government s reforestation program genuine reforestation or a perpetuation of the mindset that trees are commodities for humans to exploit?

Bulacan forest fires part of a reforestation scam?

Jun 18, 2014 - 1:29 PM

Locals say informal settlers and government officials deliberately burn reforestation sites so new funds will be released a charge that the DENR denies

FOREST FIRE. In Apri, a forest fire razed parts of the Ipo watershed, a site for the government's National Greening Program. Photo by Mel Prince

Australian PM says too much forest 'locked up'

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:51 AM

He also defends the government s decision to remove World Heritage listing for 74 000 hectares of Tasmanian forest earlier this year

FRIEND OF LOGGERS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a file photo 7 Sept 2013. Saeed Khan/AFP

Development ravages Malaysia's 'Little England'

Jan 08, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Rampant farm condo and hotel development is shattering Cameron Highlands legendary repose raising growing concern for its ecological balance tourist appeal and even safety

ILLEGAL FARM. This picture taken on November 19, 2013 shows a sign by State Forestry Director of Pahang part of which translates as "stop all activity plowing, planting and other related activities and vacate this land immediately" at an illegal farm in the Cameron Highlands, northern Malaysia state. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Brazil confirms huge spike in Amazon deforestation

Nov 15, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Brazil s environment minister urged for action to reverse rises of up to 52 percent in the deforestation rate in some Amazon regions

DEFORESTATION. Aerial view of the mining site of Vale, the biggest Brazilian mining company, in Para state, Brazil, on August 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

Brazil Amazon town takes a stand against deforestation

Aug 26, 2013 - 7:27 AM

A town in the northern state of Para is turning its back on the destructive ways of the past and trying to save what it has left

A cowboy drives cattle at a farm in Sao Felix do Xingu, Para state, northern Brazil, on August 8, 2013. AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba

Malaysia pressures Indonesia over haze crisis

Jun 27, 2013 - 1:53 PM

Malaysian Environment Minister G Palanivel urged Indonesia to ratify a key Southeast Asian treaty aimed at tackling smog

HAZY SKYLINE. Visitors walk through a park near Petronas Towers which is just visible through the haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Ahmad Yusni

Indonesia sorry for haze as thousands sent to fight fires

Jun 25, 2013 - 11:26 AM

UPDATE Yudhoyono: As the president of Indonesia I apologize for what has happened and ask for the understanding of the people of Malaysia and Singapore

HAZARDOUS HAZE. Smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, blowing east at 3:30 Universal Time (11:30 a.m. local time), June 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

Indonesia fires highlight failure to tackle slash-and-burn

Jun 23, 2013 - 10:46 AM

The crisis has brought more negative publicity for big palm oil companies although the companies insist they have strict no burn policies

HAZARDOUS HAZE. Smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, blowing east at 3:30 Universal Time (11:30 a.m. local time), June 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

Amazon deforestation reduced by nearly 84% - Brazil

Jun 06, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Brazil said Wednesday June 5 it has reduced Amazon deforestation by nearly 84 percent over the past eight years

A member of the Public Security National Force --a national police elite unit-- walks through on the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, west of Para state, northern Brazil, looking for illegal deforestation places, on December 4, 2011. File photo by Lunae Parracho/AFP

To save corals, save the forests - study

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Study: Climate change driven declines are outweighed by the impact of deforestation

Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Return the forests to the indigenous peoples

Aug 28, 2012 - 7:09 PM

Environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto of Indonesia is not against logging but opposes indiscriminate exploitation of forests

AMBROSIUS RUWINDRIJARTO in Manila. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

#Savethetrees: Click and act on Earth Day

Apr 20, 2012 - 7:02 PM

Join Rappler s Twitter discussion on why we should savethetrees and how to do it