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Timber from Indonesia
To survive, REDD will likely need investment to flow from a functioning international carbon market — which, outside the EU, is in a perilous state
The world's forests are in greater danger than ever, as a United Nations mechanism intended to...
Jul 1, 2011 | Read More
Tower for horizontal drilling
Pennslyvania has a total of 4.5 million acres of public lands. Estimates show that as few as 500,000 of these are permanently protected from gas drilling
Editor's Note: Some laud natural gas as cleaner burning, home-grown energy — a "bridge" fuel to a...
Apr 26, 2011 | Read More
Map of Canada's boreal forest
'What you're really looking at here is cumulative development. In a sense, death by a thousand cuts'
The Pew Environment Group released a report earlier this month urging protection of the Canadian...
Mar 29, 2011 | Read More
In one of the first studies to observe the full course of drilling, scientists found that a well and a pipeline killed trees but did not affect groundwater
A new report by the U.S. Forest Service offers one of the most detailed accounts yet of how...
Feb 6, 2011 | Read More
Well-meaning efforts to save the world's trees ignore forests' contributions to agriculture, energy, medicine and the livelihoods of local people
With their ability to soak up heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere, forests are front and center...
Feb 2, 2011 | Read More
Still, REDD maintains broad support from rich and poor nations and could be one of few agreements to emerge from the climate talks
CANCUN, MEXICO -- The prospect of a deal on forest protection at the Cancun climate talks has...
Dec 7, 2010 | Read More
Nations are at loggerheads over fundamental issues, most notably Bolivia and the U.S. and Australia.
CANCUN, MEXICO -- Big holes remain in some of the most basic but contentious issues in a UN-backed...
Dec 3, 2010 | Read More
Weak legal definitions of "forest" and "degraded land" are allowing logging industry to take advantage of an ambitious UN forest rescue scheme
Indonesia plans to class large areas of its remaining natural forests as "degraded" land in order...
Nov 23, 2010 | Read More
For the first time, users can view the geographic extent of mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia
by Nick Price and Logan Yonavjak, WRI Mountaintop removal has become an increasingly contentious...
Aug 8, 2010 | Read More
New report tallies free services, cost benefits supplied by healthy wetlands and forests
When the Stern Review came out in 2006, suddenly climate change was not just an issue for...
Jul 13, 2010 | Read More