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Marco Magrini reports for Geographical on daily events at the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris
Extreme forest and peat burning in Indonesia has released over three times the annual fossil fuel emissions of the United Kingdom

A billion for Brazil

The Norwegian government is set to complete the transfer of US$1billion to Brazil’s Amazon Fund, in recognition of the South American country’s efforts to tackle deforestation

Damaging droughts

Drought is having a much more detrimental impact on forest recovery than previously believed, with many trees taking up to four years to return to pre-drought levels of growth

Tackling US wildfires

What can be done to control the wildfire risk in the US?

Destructive dams

They may enjoy a clean, green reputation, but the environmental impact of dams built for hydroelectric energy appears far worse than first believed

Taking root

Deforested for years, the Swat district in Pakistan wants to plant one billion trees
A loophole in Brazil’s cattle ranch regulations threatens to undermine recent successes at curbing the beef industry’s impact on deforestation
Sri Lanka is becoming the world’s first country to protect the entirety of its mangrove forests, amid a major community development and conservation project
A booming global demand for rubber is leading to mass deforestation in southeast Asia, as land is cleared for monoculture rubber plantations

Giants fall

Nearly a century ago, Albert Wieslander mapped out vegetation and forest resources across California. Now a study has revealed how the state’s forests have changed for the worse since that initial survey took place
One hundred saplings from one hundred of the world’s tallest trees have been planted in Cornwall as part of a climate project to add more longevity to our greenery

Keeping yew safe

Saplings from the yew tree claimed to have been on the site of the signing of the Magna Carta are being grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in a bid to preserve the tree for thousands of years
As the UK gets ready to eat millions of chocolate eggs made with palm oil, Geographical explores the global implications of our dependence on this controversial ingredient
The Amazon rainforest is unable to store any further carbon dioxide, as faster growing trees are dying younger
A Kickstarter campaign aims to map Greece’s threatened olive groves

Indonesia’s fire fight

Indonesia’s Riau province faced a health crisis this year with 50,000 people laid low with respiratory illnesses due to forest fire haze, according to the country’s disaster management authorities
When deforestation occurs in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, the effects on crop production will be felt in areas as far away as the US Midwest, Europe and China, according to a new study published in Nature

Julysub 2020

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