Study finds “vicious cycle” between deforestation and rollback of protections for forests

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined 62 protected areas in the Amazonian state of Rondonia. The authors found that the government was more likely to later reduce or completely eliminate the legal protections for areas that had been deforested.

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Next two years will be “dangerous years indeed” for the Amazon as ag interests exploit political uncertainty

Friday, January 26th, 2018

“The illegal actors in the Amazon can practically feel this fragility. And they make the most of these moments, resulting in sudden spurts of deforestation.”

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Record year for forest fires in Brazil driven by expansion of agriculture and weakened oversight

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

In just one week in December, nearly 26,000 fire alerts were issued in the Brazilian state of Pará, in the Amazon biome. Historic data produced by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) shows that 2017 was the year with the highest number of fires in the state since records began in 1998.

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Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.

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Local government collusion with criminal gangs undermining Amazon protections, enforcement chief tells climate delegates

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Collusion between local authorities and criminal gangs is exacerbating illegal deforestation in the Amazon, the head of environmental law enforcement in Brazil has told delegates at the COP 23 climate conference. His comments came two weeks after the latest series of assaults on agencies tasked with protecting the Brazilian Amazon.

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Illegal deforestation drives dramatic rise in Brazilian emissions, eclipsing effects of recession

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Illegal deforestation drove the biggest increase in Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions for 13 years in 2016, despite a severe recession leading to lower emissions from nearly every sector save agriculture.

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Brazilian President cancels $1.5 billion of outstanding illegal deforestation fines

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Brazil’s President has issued an executive order revoking 60 percent of outstanding environmental fines imposed on ranchers and agribusiness for illegally clearing forest on their land.

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Most slaughterhouses in Brazilian Amazon operating without commitment to monitor their supply chains

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Over half of the slaughterhouses in the Brazilian Amazon are failing to monitor the farms that supply them with cattle, flooding domestic and international markets with beef of unknown origin from a country beleaguered by illegal ranching.

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UK supermarkets found stocking beef linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A recent case study suggests the EU is failing in its promises to tackle its role in driving tropical forest destruction. British supermarket chains were found to be stocking corned beef from a firm fined millions of dollars for purchasing cattle reared on illegally deforested land in Brazil. Meanwhile, European imports of beef from the Latin American country are rising in lockstep with the deforestation rate.

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Inadequate enforcement enables illegalities to flourish in Brazil’s beef supply chain

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Cattle from illegally deforested land plays a significant role in Brazil’s domestic beef supply chain, as an absence of clear tracking data enables ranchers to move cattle from illegal land to legally registered properties shortly before selling them to slaughter houses.

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Rollback of environmental protections stokes violence in the Brazilian Amazon

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The rollback of environmental protections in Brazil continued through July, with campaigners warning that the changes encourage land grabs, illegal deforestation, and violence against activists and enforcement officials.

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Ag drives deforestation in Atlantic Forests back to 2005 levels

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

New figures released by NGO SOS Mata Atlântica suggest there has been a 58 percent increase in the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, a region rich in biodiversity and endemic species.

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Stripping back of environmental protections could greenwash illegal commodities in the Brazilian Amazon

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Environmental enforcement agencies are being downsized and proposals have been tabled to reduce the size of protected areas by more than 30,000 square miles. Campaigners have described the plans as the biggest rollback of forest protections in two decades.

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80 per cent increase in deforestation in Brazilian conservation units linked to agribusiness and cuts to enforcement

Monday, April 24th, 2017

A recent study by the Brazilian environmental NGO Imazon has revealed that deforestation within conservation units in the Brazilian Amazon increased by 80% between 2012 and 2015, compared to a 35% increase in deforestation generally. A total of 237,000 hectares of forest was cleared within parks and other protected areas during the period 2012-2015, leading to the loss of 136 million trees.

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Operation reveals that most large farms in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest are guilty of illegal deforestation

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Farmers have illegally cleared over 1,350 hectares of Atlantic Forest for agriculture and cattle ranching in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. The organisation SOS Mata Atlântica reported that, of the 241 large farms that were inspected, 222 had committed some kind of illegality. It claimed that the authorities registered a total of 94 illegalities directly related to deforestation within the properties.

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