Phys | Extent of human encroachment into world’s protected areas revealed

Phys | Extent of human encroachment into world’s protected areas revealed

“Our study shows that agriculture is the driving force behind threats to protected areas, particularity in the tropics,” said Geldmann. “Our data does not reveal the causes, but we suspect factors that play a major role include rapid population growth, lack of funding, and higher levels of corruption. Additionally, most unprotected land suitable for agriculture is already farmed.”

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PHYS | What’s driving tropical deforestation? Scientists map 45 years of satellite images

PHYS | What’s driving tropical deforestation? Scientists map 45 years of satellite images

The results of the study, published in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, shows how the development of infrastructure, coffee, rice and other crops in the region has been at the expense of evergreen forest. It reveals that since 1973 evergreen forest cover in the region was reduced from 100 to 60 million hectares as a direct consequence of agricultural expansion. Deforestation peaked in 1992 and has slowed in recent years although new areas are still being converted and evidence of degradation and fragmentation can still be seen.

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Mongabay | Lembaga Keuangan Harus Bertanggungjawab Cegah Karhutla di Konsesi Sawit, Caranya?

Mongabay | Lembaga Keuangan Harus Bertanggungjawab Cegah Karhutla di Konsesi Sawit, Caranya?

Civil society organizations are urging in providing financing to oil palm plantations, financial institutions must pay attention to environmental and social issues to play a role in preventing or minimizing adverse impacts on the environment and humans, such as forest and land fire disasters. Forest and land fires this year, many occur in the concessions of oil palm companies, financial institutions including banks, as funders must take responsibility.

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WT Asia | Tobacco Exhibition

WT Asia | Tobacco Exhibition

So much to learn about tobacco and non-toxic pest control during post-harvest. My colleagues from EcO2 Vietnam were kind hosts and made a big impression on the Indonesian growers with their environmental-friendly solutions.

Frontiers | Face palm: are palm oil boycotters hypocrites?

“Bananas, beef, cane sugar, chocolate, coconuts, coffee, pineapples, soybeans, tea and vanilla, to name a few, are all produced in previously forested tropical areas,” he comments. “But the attention these receive is hardly comparable to the scrutiny that is directed towards palm oil.”

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