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Global demand driving illegal logging in the Russian Far East: http://ow.ly/2wLKvs

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Indonesia: palm oil and deforestation, again -  A major Indonesian palm oil producer continues to clear rainforests in Sumatra despite being a prominent member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), casting doubts on the body's effectiveness in limiting deforestation, alleges a new report from Greenpeace. The report, titled A Dirty Business,is based on a field investigation itno the Darmex Agro group's operations in Riau province. Greenpeace says the palm oil... http://ow.ly/2wK0Oo

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Indonesia: more 300,000 ha to deforestation - The Indonesian Forestry Ministry issued permits to convert more than 300,000 hectares of forest into plantations, an official said. Tri Joko Mulyono, the ministry's director for forest area zoning, said to al Jakarta Globe that permits were issued for 342,709 hectares so far this year, which has to be added to 4.9 million hectares in 2009, 8,613 hectares in 2010 and 366,259 hectares in 2011. Even under the moratorium, he sai... http://ow.ly/2wIrdL

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Deforestation is spreading malaria - There relationship between malaria and deforestation is being more and more investigated. A study published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, says that preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could help reduce the spread of malaria. A previous study by the scientists from the University of Wisconsin in 2010 suggested the sam conclusion: deforestation in the Amazon can be related to increased incidence of malari... http://ow.ly/2wF4C2

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Indonesian military development program spreads fear in West Papua http://ow.ly/2wzAIb

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Worldwide protests demand protection for Peru’s uncontacted tribes http://ow.ly/2wvluZ

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European bison released into the wild in Germany - For the first time after 400 years the European bison is roaming free in Germany. The opening of the fence released a small herd, consisting of one adult bull, five cows and two calves, into a 10,000 hectare forest. Two of the animals are fitted with radio transmitters to allow scientists to track and follow them. The animals will roam entirely free in the large forests of the Rothaar Mountains around Bad Berleburg in N... http://ow.ly/2wo1lV

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Brazilian Indians occupy Congress in land protest - As Brazil marks its annual Day of the Indian today, hundreds of Brazilian Indians of various tribes invaded and occupied part of the country’s Congress this week, to protest at attempts to change the law regarding their land rights. The Indians are outraged about a proposed constitutional amendment that would weaken their hold on their territories. They fear that the amendment called PEC 215, by giving Congress power i... http://ow.ly/2wkN7i

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Australia: forest deal at risk in Tasmania - The Tasmanian parliament's upper house voted against key elements of the forest deal signed by environmentalists and industry, and endorsed by the federal government. The Legislative Council made a vote along with the support of the state government. The council voted to delay the development of a set of 270,000 ha. of forest reserves (protecting them after being logged!). The protection was a key part of the deal. The legisl... http://ow.ly/2wfLJw

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Escalating cost of forest conservation - In the face of unprecedented deforestation and biodiversity loss, policy makers are increasingly using financial incentives to encourage conservation. However, a research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that in the long run, conservation incentives may struggle to compete with future agricultural yields. Their findings were first published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienc... http://ow.ly/2weroD
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