Rainforests and Congo News

Deforestation in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Global forest loss increased in 2020

No one was sure exactly what near-term impact the global pandemic would have the world’s forests in 2020. Some expected lockdowns and economic shocks to dampen deforestation rates; others thought…
Deforestation in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Deforestation in Indonesian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

How much rainforest is being destroyed?

Primary forests in the tropics are declining at an accelerating rate according to analysis of satellite data released last week by the University of Maryland (UMD) and World Resources Institute…
Deforestation in Indonesian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.
Forest canopy in Volcano on the big island of Hawaii. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

Rainforests in 2020: 10 things to watch

After a decade of increased deforestation, broken commitments, and hundreds of murders of rainforest defenders, the 2020s open as a dark moment for the world’s rainforests. Here are some key…
Forest canopy in Volcano on the big island of Hawaii. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
PORTO VELHO, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Porto Velho, Rondônia state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)

2019: The year rainforests burned

2019 closed out a "lost decade" for the world's tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments,…
PORTO VELHO, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Porto Velho, Rondônia state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)
Fungi in Yunnan, China. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

Rainforests: storylines to watch in 2019

2018 wasn't a great year for tropical rainforests, with major conservation setbacks in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and the United States coming on top of back-to-back years of…
Fungi in Yunnan, China. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

Earth has more trees now than 35 years ago

Despite ongoing deforestation, fires, drought-induced die-offs, and insect outbreaks, the world's tree cover actually increased by 2.24 million square kilometers — an area the size of Texas and Alaska combined…
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