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‘Leave the gold in the ground’: Ecuador’s forest guardians mobilise against illegal mining in Amazon

The search for the precious metal has extended into the depths of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Indonesia says 200,000 hectares of palm plantations to be made forests

Some 200,000 hectares (494,210 acres) of oil palm plantations found in areas designated as forests in Indonesia are expected to be returned to the state to be converted back into forests, a government official said late on Tuesday.

Amazon deforestation linked to long distance climate warming

Deforestation in the Amazon causes land surfaces up to 100 kilometres away to get warmer, according to a new study.

‘The World Is Failing Forests’: Report Finds Leaders Way Off Track From Halting Deforestation by 2030

“We are investing in activities that are harmful for forests at far higher rates than we are investing in activities that are beneficial for forests,” the assessment coordinator said.

Brazil Launches Historic Operation to Combat Illegal Cattle Farming and Land Grabs in the Amazon

The Brazilian government has launched a significant operation to address illegal cattle farming and land invasions in the Amazon rainforest

Study Finds Carbon Offset Schemes ‘Significantly Overestimating’ Deforestation Claims

Most carbon offset schemes significantly overestimate their impact on reducing deforestation, with many of the carbon credits purchased by polluting corporations amounting to little more than “hot air”

‘Historic and Wonderful’: Ecuadorians Reject Oil Drilling in Precious Amazon Region

Ecuadorians voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to reject oil drilling in a section of Yasuní National Park, the most biodiverse area of the imperiled Amazon rainforest.

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon Fell 68% in April Compared With Last Year

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest decreased by 68% this April compared with last year, according to preliminary government data published Friday.

Argentina forests burn amid heat wave, drought

Fires in heat wave- and drought-stricken Argentina have devoured some 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres) of forests in the northern Corrientes province in just days, officials reported Tuesday.

Cattle, not coca, drive deforestation of the Amazon in Colombia – report

Cattle-ranching, not cocaine, has driven the destruction of the Colombian Amazon over the last four decades, a new study has found.

Invisible destruction: 38% of remaining Amazon forest already degraded

According to a new study signed by 35 scientists from all over the world, more than 1 million square miles of what remains of the Amazon Forest are suffering from degradation; this is more than 10 times the size of the UK.

Christmas brings bad tidings for endangered Guatemalan fir

As Christmas approaches, Guatemalan authorities step up controls against poachers targeting an endangered fir tree that is a much sought-after festive decoration.