Deforestation makes for a super-depressing time-lapse video


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We’re spoiled: Most time-lapse videos give an awe-inspiring look at the aurora borealis, or a tour of Iceland, or a nighttime view of America’s great spaces. Not this one, which fits more in the category of “eye-opening yet depresses the hell out of you.” Ringing endorsement, right? Who’s ready to see Earth’s forests disappear?!

The time-lapse maps are from new research published in Science last week, illustrating forest growth and demise from 2000 to 2012. According to the New Republic, 888,000 square miles of trees vanished over those 12 years.

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Logging on the rise again in the Brazilian Amazon


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Buried amid the bleak news in a forest study that we told you about last week was a glimmer of hope: Analysis of satellite images taken from 2000 to 2012 revealed that deforestation was slowing down in Brazil.

But new Brazilian government figures, from August 2012 to July 2013, indicate that bad news is back: Amazonian deforestation over that period increased by 28 percent compared to the preceding 12 months. The Guardian reports:

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Harrison Ford crusades against climate change, illegal logging in Indonesia


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Indy, the nuke-the-fridge incident is all but forgiven: International film star, astonishingly spry geriatric badass (71!), and environmental crusader Harrison Ford allegedly just got all up in the Indonesian government’s face about climate change and illegal logging. He was in the country filming an episode for Years of Living Dangerously, a Showtime doc about climate change planned for release in April 2014 (the flick also features Matt Damon and Arnold Schwarzenegger). From The Guardian:

The Hollywood actor Harrison Ford has been accused of “harassing state institutions” in Indonesia and threatened with deportation after allegedly confronting a minister during an interview about illegal logging and climate change.

The forestry minister, Zulkifi Hasan, said he was left shocked by Ford’s emotionally charged interview techniques and complained there was no time to go over the questions before filming began, local media reported.

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USA Pledges Support to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking


The link below is to an article reporting on a pledge by the USA to support efforts to combat illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa.

For more visit:
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/2743/20130701/obama-makes-10m-pledge-combat-illegal-wildlife-trafficking.htm

Article: Illegal Logging in Central and South America Part 2


The link below is to the second part in a series of articles that looks at illegal logging in Central and South America.

For more visit:
http://insights.wri.org/news/2012/09/inside-look-latin-americas-illegal-logging-%E2%80%93-part-two

Article: Illegal Logging in Central and South America Part 1


The link below is to an article that looks at illegal logging in Central and South America. Part 2 will follow.

For more visit:
http://insights.wri.org/news/2012/09/inside-look-latin-americas-illegal-logging-%E2%80%93-part-one

Madagascar: Ankeniheny-Zahamena Reserve Under Threat from Sapphire Mining


One of Madagascar’s newest reserves is already being threatened by illegal mining activities. 

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0723-sapphire-mining-madagascar.html