Deforestation

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Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. To put that into perspective: Every minute, tropical rainforest of the size of 50 football fields is destroyed.

Although deforestation remains a pressing issue, a growing number of companies recognize the imperative to halt deforestation and move toward responsible forest management. The articles on this page are the stories of these groups and individuals.

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Greenpeace: Brands (Still) Not Doing Enough to Protect Indonesian Forests

Last year's horrendous Southeast Asian forest fires should have been a wake-up call to companies to ensure their supply chains were free of…
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World Wetlands Day and the Growing Need for Global Cooperation

Marked this month, World Wetlands Day is a celebration of cooperation on a global scale.
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Coming Together to Tackle Deforestation in Peru

At nearly 15,000 feet above sea level, the highland regions surrounding Peru's Mount Salkantay are home to the most elevated forests in the…
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Landscape Restoration: It’s Time

From the very first speeches on the first day of COP21, landscape-scale restoration was on the global agenda as never before.
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Starbucks Accused of Lagging on Deforestation Commitments

A coalition of NGOs is urging Starbucks to make bolder moves in order to cut deforestation and irresponsibly-sourced palm oil and paper out…
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Climate Health, Indigenous Land Rights Are Linked: COP21 Report

A semi-remote Brazilian tribe has turned high-tech in an effort to protect its tropical forest, which is being devastated by poachers. It's the…
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Halting Deforestation Plays a Huge Role in Reducing Carbon Emissions

Two climate researchers, Brent Sohngen and Robert H. Beach, found that with an average price of $27.25 per ton of carbon, “Deforestation can…
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Making Zero-Deforestation Commitments Work

Zero-deforestation commitments are a major topics at the Global Landscapes Forum taking place alongside COP21 in Paris.
Over a third of tropical forests and counting are under some form of indigenous or community control, and these forests sequester a massive amount of carbon. Sustainable management will help keep it out of the atmosphere.

Dispatch from Paris: Forest Communities are Key to Fighting Climate Change

COP21 may produce an agreement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). But for REDD to work and save forests, we…
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REDD Offsets in California?

The California Air Resources Board is considering how carbon offsets generated through REDD could fit into its cap-and-trade program.
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Kimberly-Clark Takes on Toilet and Sanitation Access

Kimberly-Clark shares their thoughts on how businesses can play a vital role in bringing about behaviour change at scale to address some of…
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Palm Oil from Freshly-Burned Land: Coming to a Grocery Store Near You

Indonesia's fires are the biggest environmental disaster of 2015. Now, Greenpeace Indonesia drones found land burned in the past few weeks is already…
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There’s No Time To Waste In Protecting Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s Aceh province is 6.5 million acres of tropical lowland rainforests, mountains and peatlands. It’s also a place where…

Corporate Philanthropy is More Than Writing Checks

The corporate philanthropy of tomorrow will focus on issues material to the business and seek collaborative partnerships to create impact that can stand…
Haze visible from space envelops Borneo in 2006 as fires rage in Kalimantan, Indonesia. This year's fires are far worse, perhaps even the worst in history.

Indonesia’s Fires and the Companies at the End of a Burning Supply Chain

The largest fires in modern history are burning right now Indonesia. The resulting haze is creating a environmental catastrophe, putting the health of…
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