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In the first five months of 2021, deforestation lead to a 2,548 square kilometers loss for Brazilian Amazon. Photo: Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Deforestation increases 67% in Amazon’s darkest month

Deforestation is growing in Brazilian Amazon. With obvious effects on climate and the economy. And government's responses look controversial
Last year, the Guardian claims, UK banks' support to companies involved in deforestation amounted to £900 million. Photo: Dikshajhingan Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Dikshajhingan Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

UK banks criticized for their support to deforestation

Guardian: Banks are funding global deforestation. The new law under discussion in UK is not expected to solve the problem.
Bialowieza in Poland is one of Europe's most famous primary forests. Photo: Merlin Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Merlin Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Europe’s primary forests are such a buried treasure. And we must protect them

A study by the EU Commission's JRC sheds a new light on Europe's primary forests. A gem we still know too little
Russia is home to 640 billion trees and one-fifth of the Planet's forests. Photo: John Kopiski Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredJohn Kopiski Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Climate-saving forests: Russia seeks credibility

For the CO2 market, Russia's forests are still an unexploited gold mine. Now the government wants to take on the opportunity.
Seed and seedling production in the United States is still inadequate to meet reforestation goals. Photo: Lance Cheung, USDA public domain https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/22021263075Lance Cheung, USDA public domain https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/22021263075

Seed shortage puts American reforestation at risk

United States are suffering from seed, seedling and workers shortage. As a result, a study warns, reforestation plans are not achievable
The request by MEPs comes in response to a troubling picture: as of today, EU land in poor condition accounts for at least 60 percent of total arable land. Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

EU lawmakers call for Soil Directive

The Environment Committee of the Europarliament calls for a soil directive. Now it's up to the EU Commission. But time is running out
If foreign aid is made available Brazil will succeed in reducing Amazon deforestation by 30%-40%, says Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. Photo: Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brazil will save the Amazon… as long as US and Norway pay for it

Minister Salles is asking for $1 billion from the international community to save the Amazon. But his country's position is controversial.
Tra il 2019 e il 2020 il numero di incendi e l’area bruciata hanno superato la media degli ultimi dodici anni. Foto: Pavel Koubek © European Union 2018 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/eu_echo/42117320380

Here is the EU strategy against wildfires: plans, funds and soil protection

Wildfires threat 78 million Europeans. Climate and soil are crucial factors. EU proposes a new strategy to deal with the issue.
Forest coverage in Europe has grown 9% since 1990. Photo: Roman Boed Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Free for personal and commercial use Attribution requiredRoman Boed Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Free for personal and commercial use Attribution required

European forests are expanding. But their future is unwritten

Forests coverage in Europe has grown 9% since 1990. But fires and low corporate profitability are still unsolved issues
In tropical forests, soil microbes play a key role in the carbon cycle. Photo: Melany Klapper CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required.Melany Klapper CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

How the vicious circle between soil, microbes and climate change works

Soil microbes react to global warming by emitting more CO2. A study in a tropical area shows alarming data