Ghetto chimps, 4 billion trees for Ethiopia, while Amazon deforestation accelerates…fast!

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In Forests News last week:

Can forests and smallholders live in harmony in Africa?

Agriculture expansion presents the biggest threat to forests, but some say that food production needs to be doubled by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population. To define a sustainable landscape, a team of scientists scope six African countries and present their three reflections. Read more

“Restoration belongs to the community”

In Central Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo, CIFOR scientists are exploring ways of planting tree crops for bio-energy that deliver both short- and long-term benefits for local communities. Read more


In the news…

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Why is Amazon deforestation at its fastest rate in a decade?

South Atlantic news service MercoPress, reports that deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has reached its fastest rate in a decade (also since the current recording system’s records began), according to data collected by a Brazilian satellite early-warning system.  This Reuters story points the finger at illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The Guardian notes that despite this, fines given by the government’s monitoring agency has issued the least number of penalties…

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Ethiopia aims to plant 4 billion trees

Africa News reports on Ethiopia’s ambitious target of planting 4 billion new trees…See the rest of the story at

Rainforest exploitation a factor in “new normal” health epidemics, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned…See the rest of the story at

5 step plan to protect and restore Indonesian forests

After Indonesia reported a notable reduction in forest loss, diets…See the rest of the story at

Call to save our closest animal relative from “forest ghettos” report on an appeal issued by forty experts from around the world to save the chimpanzee…See the rest of the story at

Chernobyl exclusion zone “Europe’s largest experiment in rewilding”

This Guardian feature tours the Belarus side of the Chernobyl exclusion zone…See the rest of the story at

Rising sea levels will bring salt marshes and mangroves to Atlantic coast

Popular Science reports on how rising sea levels are poisoning forests on the Atlantic coast. Professor..See the rest of the story at

In pictures… Rising sea levels in Tuvalu

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Video of the week:

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The choreographer making farming cool again

In this Guardian video, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” choreographer Sherrie Silver explains why she believes farming is empowering…

When ancestral lands fall victim to an international border.

The sixth and final part of our series, What The World Can Learn From West Africa’s Unheard, hears from Hansen Apewe Abaloori of the Ghanaian Akaa tribe who reveals how the international border with Burkina Faso has caused infertile soil and poor harvests. Watch here


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A.I., climate justice curriculums, and koala drinking stations: 3 climate change solutions

According to the New York Times, scientists are using artificial intelligence…

Meanwhile, a new earth science curriculum in Cambodia means half a million secondary school students will learn…

Finally, encouraged by new research published last week, local councils in Australia are installing drinking stations for koalas…

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