deforestation


A Conservation-Based Future in Colombia

Deforestation near the Medellín River and Caldas, Antioquia, Colombia. Photo: medea_material, January 2008.Deforestation near the Medellín River and Caldas, Antioquia, Colombia. Photo: medea_material, January 2008.

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.

Gold Mining in the News

Birth of a new illegal gold mining zone in in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve (Madre de Dios region, Peru) between July and September 2015. Source: Finer M, Olexy T (2015) High Resolution View: Birth of a New Illegal Mining Zone. MAAP #17.Birth of a new illegal gold mining zone in in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve (Madre de Dios region, Peru) between July and September 2015. Source: Finer M, Olexy T (2015) High Resolution View: Birth of a New Illegal Mining Zone. MAAP #17.

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.

Cambodia’s Protected Forest Designation Met with Skepticism

View of the Prey Lang Forest in 2008. Source: Prey Lang Community Network, Wikimedia Commons.View of the Prey Lang Forest in 2008. Source: Prey Lang Community Network, Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Massive Investment Fund Drops Eleven Companies Linked to Destructive Environmental Practices

This Landsat 7 image shows the difference between plantation and intact forest in part of Malaysian Borneo. Source: NASA, May 27, 2003.This Landsat 7 image shows the difference between plantation and intact forest in part of Malaysian Borneo. Source: NASA, May 27, 2003.

The Government Pension Fund Global in Norway (GPFG) has cancelled funding for 11 companies that operate in various deforesting activities like palm oil production and coal extraction.

Using LiDAR to Show How Native American Depopulation Impacted Forests in the United States

Tree establishment at large villages of the Jemez Province. (Upper) Number of trees and dates of establishment at Kwastiyukwa (LA 482), Tovakwa (LA 484), and Kiatsukwa (LA 132/133). (Lower) locations of sampled trees at Kwastiyukwa (Left), Tovakwa (Center), and Kiatsukwa (Right). From: Liebmann et al, 2016.Tree establishment at large villages of the Jemez Province. (Upper) Number of trees and dates of establishment at Kwastiyukwa (LA 482), Tovakwa (LA 484), and Kiatsukwa (LA 132/133). (Lower) locations of sampled trees at Kwastiyukwa (Left), Tovakwa (Center), and Kiatsukwa (Right). From: Liebmann et al, 2016.

Researchers have used LiDAR to understand the impacts of Native American population decline on forest fires in the United States.

Mapping Carbon in the Amazon

The geography of aboveground carbon density (ACD) throughout Perú, derived at a 1-ha resolution with uncertainty reported for each hectare. Source: Asner et al, 2014.The geography of aboveground carbon density (ACD) throughout Perú, derived at a 1-ha resolution with uncertainty reported for each hectare. Source: Asner et al, 2014.

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 […]

How Deforestation Affects Physical Geography

Forest clear cutting. Photo: Tomas Sennett, 1972.

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 […]