On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Frances Seymour, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. and the lead author of a new book titled Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change, which she co-authored with Jonah Busch.
Seymour shares her thoughts on why now is such an opportune moment for the publication of the book, whether or not the large-scale investment necessary to protect the world’s tropical forests shows signs of materializing any time soon, and which countries are leading the forest conservation charge.
We also welcome Mongabay editor Glenn Scherer back to the program to answer a question from Newscast listener Brian Platt about which ‘good news’ stories are worth talking about more in these tough times for environmental and conservation news.
Here’s this episode’s top news:
- A new secret runway found in Laguna del Tigre National Park in Guatemala
- Indonesian governor asks president to let timber firms drain peat in his province
- China’s first national park, an experiment in living with snow leopards
- Peru lost more than 1 million hectares of Amazon forest over a period of 15 years
- Meet the 2017 ‘Green Oscars’ winners
- Goddesses of the wind: How researchers saved Venezuela’s harpy eagles
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