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People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

By Mark A. Bonta / February 14, 2020 / Comments Off on People are getting killed in the battle over Romania’s ancient forests

Romania’s forests are the oldest and wildest in Europe, but they are increasingly subject to destruction from illegal logging.  Now, a rash of violence against forest rangers has spurred mass protests in the capital, and promises of a government crackdown. Violence in the forest If you complain about illegal timber cutting in Romania, there is […]

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Farewell to Haiti’s mountaintops

By Mark A. Bonta / November 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Farewell to Haiti’s mountaintops

The future of Haiti’s old-growth forests is dire, according to a recent study. Between 1988 and 2016, 42 of the 50 highest mountains in the country lost all of their old growth. Overall, ancient forests dropped from 4.4 percent to just 0.32 percent of Haiti’s total land area. Several of these forests were in national […]

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It might be time to start feeling guilty about your toilet paper

By Mark A. Bonta / October 9, 2018 / Comments Off on It might be time to start feeling guilty about your toilet paper

The fast-growing, non-native eucalyptus plantations of Brazil are grown in a sustainable manner that does not harm the environment or endanger local livelihoods, but instead contribute to offsetting carbon emissions. That’s according to paper maker Kimberly-Clark, the Forest Stewardship Council and the World Wide Fund for Nature — however, the experiences of local people in […]

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Peru loggers target forestry agency

By Mark A. Bonta / September 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Peru loggers target forestry agency

Osinfor, Peru’s wildlife and forestry bureau, has accused government ministers of colluding with logging firms to limit its regulatory powers. At issue is a change in how the Osinfor leader is selected: formerly, it was by an open, public process, for a four-year term with clearly defined responsibilities, and only of a forestry professional with […]

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