Satellite images targeting areas of tropical Asia, Africa, and the Americas have shown that some tropical forests are dispelling more carbon than they are taking in.
By properly including indigenous and impoverished peoples in the new economy and securing communal land rights in the forests, as well as fostering soil recovery in areas of coca cultivation and managing resource extraction, Colombia can move into a more equitable and environmentally sustainable future.
In South America mercury is used to collect the gold after it has been mined, and it has polluted the environment and poisoned the workers. On the other side of the Pacific, ocean floor mining is seen by investors as a golden opportunity, but critics disagree.
The Cambodian government has recently set aside land to be protected in an attempt to curb deforestation and protect wildlife and its habitats. However, many worry about the extent and location of the forests protected and doubt that laws will be effectively enforced.
The Amazon rainforest has long been considered by scientists as critical to the health of the planet. Deemed the lungs of the Earth, the Amazon helps to keep the global carbon budget in balance by taking in large amounts of carbon dioxide. However, the rainforests of South America are constantly […]
Deforestation is a problem we are likely all familiar with, even in passing. We drive or walk by small or large tracts of land with evidence that something is missing- from tree stumps to conspicuously empty land, deforestation is something that is happening in rainforests, mountains, and urban and rural […]