deforestation

Little Lyntus from the air, an ancient woodland in Staffordshire wrecked by HS2

HS2 is an expensive folly causing mass destruction of woodland and habitat

NEW AND COMMENT: Today, in The Times, the report is that Great Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has decided that costs in the building of HS2 are out of control. The project is a folly. It should never have started. Costs have ballooned. The grand schemes of building track beyond Birmingham to Manchester …

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Tesco

Tesco accused of greenwashing as it sells Brazilian meat it had banned

Tesco, the large supermarket chain in the UK, promised to ban Brazilian meat because it was causing deforestation. In doing so they positioned themselves as a leader in supporting the environment by reforming supply chains to break free from businesses in South America which are complicit in the destruction of the Amazon Forest primarily by …

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Logo of the Wagner group

Mercenary private armies are bad for animal welfare and they are marching to global power

It is likely that you have not missed the story about the Wagner group and its former leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who it is believed has died in his private jet when it fell to the ground in flames missing a wing, probably destroyed by one of Putin’s agents who planted a bomb in the landing …

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Self-discipline is missing in 21st century Britain

12 million in the UK to go on a weight-loss drug to side-step the need for self-discipline

An effective weight-loss drug sidesteps the need for self-discipline to eat less and therefore promotes more self-indulgence. I see Wegovy as being a step in the wrong direction as it will also discourage daily walking as a form or exercise and to improve mental health. Michael Broad NEWS AND VIEWS – UK: The lack of …

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Chimp confronts mechanical digger in deforestation Armageddon

Video of orangutan confronting huge mechanical digger in deforestation Armageddon

Notice the man below the fallen tree trunk has a blow gun and he wants to dart the orangutan who is a pain in the arse nuisance in the destruction of yet more forest. The world is being denuded and has been for centuries which terminally destroys the habitat of the primate we see in …

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We need more and better conservation

We are discovering new species that are going extinct

The title tell us this: we are discovering for the first time ever new species of plants and animals but at the same time we’ve decided that these new species (to humans) are going extinct because of human behavior. It is a bit sick that. There must be species on the planet that we have …

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Amazon deforestation in Brazil for soya production

Tesco product linked to Amazon rainforest destruction

Tesco is a large UK supermarket chain with a declared commitment to curb deforestation. The environmental group Mighty Earth has managed to link Tesco’s Simply Chicken Tenders to Amazonian rainforest deforestation. They charted the supply chain of soya, which was grown on cleared forest, from a farm in Brazil. The rainforest had been burnt to …

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Apocalypse now for the wild animals of the world and plant life

Apocalypse now for the animals apocalypse deferred for humans

There is a excellent letter in The Times today (3rd Jan, 2023) written by Brian Aldred. He is not, as far as I know, anybody special in terms of celebrity but a person like you and me who is concerned about human population growth and how humans are pushing wild animals off the planet metaphorically …

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Destruction of Brazil's rainforest

World’s most dangerous climate denier, Bolsonaro, loses power

The good news for conservationists and people who don’t see economic growth as the only way to live, is that we have woken up to reports that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has won the presidential election in Brazil. Apparently, it was razor tight. With less than 2% of the votes left account, Lula led …

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WWF Living Planet report

Wildlife populations plummet by 69% in 50 years thanks to humans

NEWS AND COMMENT: The World Wildlife Fund-UK’s Living Planet Report 2022 makes shocking reading. The headline is that humans have wiped out almost 70% of animal populations in about half a century. This is the equivalent of losing the combined total of all the people living in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Oceania and China. Tanya …

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Beyond beef

Capitalism, technology and the need to survive can save wildlife and reduce livestock suffering

The best way to motivate people to change their ways to protect wildlife and to reduce the suffering of livestock in factory farming is through the mechanism of capitalism and convenience. Capitalism is destroying the planet, but it can with technology save it too. Nathan Winograd tells us that 74 billion land animals are raised …

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Gabon Elephants

Gabon: declaring war on elephant poachers has been highly successful

It seems that if you want to carry out a successful conservation programme to protect elephants on the African continent you’ve got to commit to and declare war on poachers. It also seems to me that no other country in Africa has committed to eradicating poaching of elephants than Gabon’s two leading conservationists namely President …

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Rescued koala from Koala Carnage

Monster mess of koala conservation in Australia

There appears to be a shocking failure in the conservation of the koala in Australia which has been highlighted by a catastrophe in Cape Bridgewater, Victoria. Am I missing something? Am I getting a clear and correct message from the Internet? The Australians profess to be very concerned about their native species. The signal coming …

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Nepal reforestation

Reforestation can go wrong: some golden rules for effective reforestation

COMMENT AND NEWS: The desire by governments in any country to reforest their landscape because it has been deforested for commercial reasons is admirable as it is designed to curb global warming because trees absorb carbon dioxide. Global warming damages nature, wildlife and the lives of people as well. It is perhaps the biggest pressing …

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Haanja nature reserve

Flawed EU biomass legislation causing mass deforestation in Europe

NEWS AND COMMENT: This is a very disturbing story. It concerns the first EU renewable energy directive. It obliges member states to source 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 in the interests of sustainability. As I understand it, the legislation classifies biomass energy as carbon-neutral. A flaw in the legislation means that woody …

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