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Forests and climate change

Protecting forests, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to curb climate change, and planting more trees can help. But forests are under threat around the world from agricultural expansion, timber cutting and other threats. What is being done to try and protect them?


New Indonesian capital excludes indigenous, poor Rina Chandran and Leo Galuh
Nature pact urged to reform harmful subsidies of $1.8 trln a year Michael Taylor
Indian village banks on tree mortgages in carbon-neutral bid K. Rajendran
UN tonic for forest carbon market omits corporate trading pains Alister Doyle
Nature-curious investors await bankable conservation deals Michael Taylor
Amazon tribe suffers mercury contamination amid illegal mining Fabio Zuker
To dye for: Indonesia's mangroves in fashion with women weavers Harry Jacques
At COP26, 45 nations pledge to protect nature in climate fight Alister Doyle
Banks still funding deforestation-linked firms, risk climate goals Michael Taylor
Indonesian farmers build green forest economy with unknown nut Harry Jacques
COP26 rules on carbon markets may leave indigenous people exposed Megan Rowling and Laurie Goering
Why U.S. community forests are taking root Carey L. Biron
Nature, climate protection pledges mount at COP26, amid past fails Alister Doyle
Ensuring indigenous rights key as forest carbon investments grow Alister Doyle
Back to the land: Thai forest draws young, green farmers Rina Chandran
Brazil seeks to burnish its climate credentials as COP26 nears Fabio Teixeira
Brazil's Bolsonaro accused of crimes against humanity Fabio Teixeira
Indigenous leaders urge stronger rights as UN nature summit begins Anastasia Moloney
No end in sight for deforestation as funding falls short Michael Taylor
Thomas Lovejoy warns of peril to Amazon's 'living library' Laurie Goering
Wet weather curbs forest loss in 2021 but world far off ending it Michael Taylor
Kenyan villagers tap traditional wisdom to save trees and water Dominic Kirui
Amazon rainforest closer to 'tipping point', scientists warn Anastasia Moloney
Will COP26 deforestation pledge be game-changer or broken promise? Michael Taylor
Extreme heat linked to more deaths in tropical forest communities Michael Taylor
Invest in nature and reap cash benefits, WEF urges cities Megan Rowling
Borneo island's Sabah state spearheads green palm oil revolution Michael Taylor
India's forest-planting push leaves indigenous women in the cold Anuradha Nagaraj
How Malaysia's Sabah aims to be world's first green palm oil state Michael Taylor
Tree-clearing criminals fuel Colombia's wildfire surge Anastasia Moloney
In Brazil, satellites help scientists target Amazon forest losses Fabio Teixeira
How to halt deforestation? Trust indigenous groups, funders say Laurie Goering
New warning system to sound alarm on rainforest 'tipping points' Michael Taylor
Uganda helps farmers grow tree plantations to reverse forest loss Christopher Bendana
In Argentina, Gran Chaco pushed to the brink by logging, farming Marcela Valente
Save nature to protect people, IPCC scientist urges Megan Rowling
Pandemic delay to UN nature summit spurs calls for stronger accord Michael Taylor
Kindled by 2015 fires, Indonesia thinks big on forest protection Michael Taylor
With phones and seeds, jobless Kenyans tackle illegal logging Kagondu Njagi
With Assam silk, Indians fight climate change and trafficking Anuradha Nagaraj
More deforestation and less rain threaten Brazilian agribusiness Mauricio Angelo
Forest emission reductions get a makeover, with $1 bln new funding Megan Rowling
G7 brightens outlook for nature pact, pandemic threatens deadline Michael Taylor
Giant leap for nature? All eyes on China to land new global pact Michael Taylor
'We have history': Saving Kenya's last sacred forests Federica Marsi
Sami reindeer herders fear increase in Finnish logging Arthur Neslen
Brazil's promises to slash forest losses 'empty', researchers say Mauricio Angelo
Climate change forces rewrite of U.S. conservation strategy Carey L. Biron
Pandemic likely made 2020 'another devastating year' for forests Michael Taylor
Eco-friendly Eid: the Indonesian women on a mission to plant trees Harry Jacques
A firefighter confronts Siberia's wildfires: 'We had to surrender' Angelina Davydova
Tribes launch bid to protect Amazon at global conservation forum Anastasia Moloney
U.N. biodiversity chief urges COP26 talks to prioritise nature Michael Taylor
Colombia's Medellin plants 'green corridors' to beat heat Anastasia Moloney
Pakistan sends in armed force to stop logging in northern forests Imran Mukhtar
Winners of 'Green Nobel' fight deforestation, coal power Anastasia Moloney
Global rainforest loss 'relentless' in 2020, SE Asia offers hope Michael Taylor
From genes to chocolate, Brazil's Amazon looks for a new economy Fabio Zuker
Indonesia's palm oil-powered 'green diesel' fuels forest threat Michael Taylor
How Biden could use foreign and trade policy to protect the Amazon Anastasia Moloney and Fabio Teixeira
Struck by Amazon fires, Brazilians want environmental protection Meghie Rodrigues
As firms chase net-zero, backers say offsets are a partial answer Laurie Goering
Family men or forest destroyers? Meet the Amazon's gold miners Lucas Landau and Fabio Teixeira
Tropical farmers must grow more on less land, as policies shift Michael Taylor
Satellite alerts seen helping fight deforestation in Africa Sonia Elks
Planet's life-support systems need care to avert 'the next Wuhan' Laurie Goering
To ward off pandemic, India's indigenous tribes turn to forests Moushumi Basu
Africa shrugs off net-zero push without finance to follow Laurie Goering
Aiming to be carbon-neutral? Don't rely on planting trees Laurie Goering
Next pandemic? Amazon deforestation may spark new diseases Fabio Zuker
Pandemic sparks surge in firewood use in rural Kenya Kagondu Njagi
Indian teen's solar iron smooths a pressing problem: forest loss Manipadma Jena
Amazon losses help drive growing wildfires elsewhere in Brazil Fabio Zuker
Amazon indigenous activist wins ‘Green Nobel’ prize Anastasia Moloney
Brazil's new climate plan lacking credibility as forests shrink Mauricio Angelo
Central Africa seeks to make forests work for people and planet Megan Rowling
Few major economies investing in nature-friendly COVID-19 recovery Megan Rowling
Norway hikes cash for rainforests, aiming to slow losses Alister Doyle
'It burned everything': Fires surge on Brazil indigenous land Mauricio Angelo
Debt swaps could free cash to tame climate, nature & virus threats Laurie Goering
Logging and climate shifts slash forest carbon storage Michael Taylor
No let-up in global rainforest loss as pandemic brings new danger Michael Taylor
Cash payments to Indonesian villagers help forests too Michael Taylor
No excuse for failure to protect forests as fog clears on benefits Michael Taylor and Harry Jacques
Indonesia inches towards community forest goal, hobbled by virus Harry Jacques
UN charts new territory with project to track all Myanmar's forest Michael Taylor
Starting gun fired on hunt for billions to fund nature protection Megan Rowling
Inside the war against illegal gold mining in Peru's Amazon Max Baring, Dan Collyns and Anastasia Moloney
Cambodian rice farmers turn guardians of the forest Matt Blomberg
Brazil ruling sparks fears indigenous land could go to farmers Fabio Zuker
Looser rules on Indonesia timber exports spark forest fears Michael Taylor
Worsened by tree loss, flooding forces migration in Afghanistan Stefanie Glinski
Communities get bigger role running Pakistan's national parks Rina Saeed Khan
Malaysia to crack down on illegal loggers in forest law reform Michael Taylor
Catch 'em all: Pokemon-style app aims to save Indonesia's forests Michael Taylor
Pakistan's tree-planting push has a sweetener: more honey Imran Mukhtar
Five trees or a latte? Communities seek crowdfunding for mangroves Michael Taylor
Rainforest role as climate protector shrinks on hotter planet Michael Taylor
U.S. tree-planting push to curb warming, boost jobs Carey L. Biron
Machetes in hand, women fight logging in Solomon Islands John Beck
Forest loss seen slowing globally, but progress patchy Thin Lei Win
Ethical wood label to revive checks after pandemic forest fears Michael Taylor
Investing in nature-rich countries is 'insurance policy for all' Thin Lei Win
Ghanaian activists sue government to save forest from mine Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu
New platform matches funders, tree planters to protect forests Anastasia Moloney
'Party' ahead for loggers? Cuts threaten Mexico's national parks Oscar Lopez and Christine Murray
Rising pressure on land as India launches urban forest plan Rina Chandran
India's virus lockdown fuels timber-smuggling in Kashmir forests Athar Parvaiz
Under the cover of lockdown, illegal logging surges in Tunisia Layli Foroudi
Brazil's indigenous seed collectors in demand for forest revival Laurie Goering
Scientists warn forest fires could worsen coronavirus harm Megan Rowling
Colombia receives multi-million funding boost to protect forests Anastasia Moloney
Green stimulus: Pakistan sets virus-idled to work planting trees Rina Saeed Khan
Flying high: Brazilian tribe watches over forest with drones Fabio Teixeira
As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and virus could be 'a disaster' Mauricio Angelo
COVID-19: What lessons can we apply to battling climate change? Laurie Goering
Indigenous leaders fear Amazon port could be conduit for COVID-19 Mauricio Angelo
Kashmir fells trees in effort to fight coronavirus panic Ashutosh Sharma
Brazil sees week of 'attacks' on indigenous rights - congresswoman Fabio Teixeira
Half of top businesses lack commitment to prevent deforestation Anastasia Moloney
Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests Carey L. Biron
Buzz off: Malawi communities scare away loggers with beehives Charles Pensulo
Deforestation risks rise as coronavirus hinders SE Asia protection Michael Taylor
Can planting trees really stop climate change? Thomson Reuters Foundation
Brazil indigenous village banishes miners to cut coronavirus risk Mauricio Angelo
Forest monitoring gets a boost from Japan space agency data Thin Lei Win
Trees alone can't win fight against soaring heat, cities warned Zoe Tabary
Tree planting extends an olive branch across the climate divide Matt Lavietes
Colombia's Amazon tribes tap into rainforest protection funds Anastasia Moloney
Wildlife-loving Gabon minister seeks to stamp out illegal logging Kim Harrisberg
Ugandan walkers plant trees to keep the climate fit John Okot
Drug trade damaging Central America's forests, researchers say Anastasia Moloney
Asian paper giants pressed to bury rivalry to save rainforest Michael Taylor
Protected status not enough to guard threatened nature reserves Rosa Furneaux
U.S. guitar firm tunes business to protect Cameroon ebony Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Colombia's Amazon forest gets boost with $366 mln protection fund Anastasia Moloney
Indigenous people under threat from Indonesia plan to move capital Rina Chandran
From Madagascar to Brazil, researchers pick best spots to replant Michael Taylor
Malaysian activists urge lawmakers to get tough on forests losses Michael Taylor
World's forests 'in emergency room' after years of losses Adela Suliman
Chinese logging takes heavy toll on farmers in Guinea-Bissau Nellie Peyton
Indigenous and women's rights can boost climate fight: UN Megan Rowling
Private investors protect vast forests in U.S. coal country Carey L. Biron
Urbanisation, commercial farms threaten Asia's forests: UN Rina Chandran
Norway starts to pay Indonesia for cutting forest emissions Michael Taylor
Zimbabwe forests fall, tightening screws on wood-short carpenters Marko Phiri
Scientists to climate protesters: Save planet by planting trees Michael Taylor
Singaporeans head to fire hotspot in Indonesia to tackle haze Michael Taylor
Don't dismiss regenerated forests as 'green deserts': scientists Michael Taylor
As fuel prices rise, firewood rustlers vex rural Kenya Kagondu Njagi
Amid upheaval in South Sudan, the country's teak forests fall Hellen Toby
Prayer for trees: Kenyan tribes see saving forests as sacred duty Dominic Kirui
Indonesia's new green fund urged to protect rainforest Michael Taylor
'Cutting everything in sight': Ugandans vow to curb deforestation Liam Taylor
In battle with 'land mafia', Pakistan targets win for forests Rina Saeed Khan
Emissions from tropical forest loss underestimated: scientists Michael Taylor
Indonesia dam burst raises alarm over unchecked forest clearing Ian Morse
World 'losing battle' on 2020 goal to cut deforestation Megan Rowling
Colombia seen losing deforestation battle in war-hit areas Anastasia Moloney
Indigenous groups rally to protect Latin America's forests Megan Rowling
Ghana cocoa farmers harness the law to save forests Nellie Peyton
Cambodians try out smartphones to track - and ease - climate woes Jeffrey Barbee
Scientists question mass tree planting as climate change panacea Michael Taylor
Indonesia ramps up community fire brigades as forests burn Michael Taylor
California split over carbon trading plan for tropical forests Kimberley Brown
Enough food, fewer climate threats: scientists cook up land recipe Megan Rowling
Carbon emissions from Australian blazes near Amazon fire levels Michael Taylor
Instant forest? 'Tree hopping' takes off in Kenya Kagondu Njagi
Falling coffee prices mean falling forests - US coffee czar Sebastien Malo
Satellite tech offers near real-time view of deforestation Reuters
Diesel or solar: Could push to power Philippines be greener? Alanah Torralba
Inside Amazon reserve, high-end chocolate thrives with forest Chris Arsenault and Karla Mendes
Philanthropies pledge $450 million to save forests, climate Sebastien Malo
Branching out: greener charcoal takes root in eastern Kenya Isaiah Esipisu
Pakistan's incoming government pledges to plant billions of trees Rina Saeed Khan
Mozambique reforms timber sector to counter illegal logging  Emma Farge
Plant trees in refugee camps to stop forest loss and conflict: UN Thin Lei Win
Appetite for destruction: Soy boom devours Brazil's savanna Reuters
Zambia exports confiscated logs in controversial timber ban Danstan Kaunda
Kenya's forest people hope reforms will stem graft and evictions Kevin Mwanza
As fruit trees fall, a hunger threat looms in Kenya Caroline Wambui
‘Narco-deforestation’ may boost disaster risks in Central America Sebastian Rodriguez
Armed with gas and cows, Kazakhstan takes aim at land degradation Thin Lei Win
Conservationists and foresters at odds over ancient Poland forest Marcello Rossi
Conservationists slam India's plan for commercial plantations Rina Chandran
'Little hope' for sacred forest restoration after Games in Korea Gregory Scruggs
Thai environment activists claim victory over housing battle Reuters
Timber to eels, agencies ramp up fight against environmental crime Zoe Tabary
As Cameroon prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations, trees fall Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Colombia's top court orders government to protect Amazon forest Anastasia Moloney
As Islamabad's trees disappear, its children lead a green push Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Brazil backs 'Guardians of the Amazon' in their war on loggers Karla Mendes
Colombia takes 'unprecedented' step to stop farms gobbling forests Anastasia Moloney
Indigenous rights boost as climate projects get $1bln Megan Rowling
Wildfire fix will take 'a period of years' to protect U.S. forests Gregory Scruggs
Brazil court upholds forestry law changes in environmental blow Reuters
"Trump Forest" hits a million trees in bid to curb climate change Sebastien Malo
With solar water, trees grow into a sturdy business in Kenya Isaiah Esipisu
Spades, saplings, sheep: Iceland battles to restore lost forests Marcello Rossi
Opinion
Bring back our trees: Forest communities fight climate change Fred Pearce
To save forests, Tanzania considers tax on charcoal Kizito Makoye
Opinion
In Myanmar, the future of forests and people are closely tied Harriet Lamb and Robert Barclay
As trees fall to development in Islamabad, protesters fight back Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
With deforestation rising, Colombia businesses join fightback Anastasia Moloney
"Borneo Atlas" to help palm oil buyers check on forest damage Michael Taylor
Global-warming ground zero: Chad grapples with climate damage Inna Lazareva
Refugees benefit as Kenya's herders torch an invader Anthony Langat
Brazil hopes to reward landowners for preserving Amazon forest Reuters
Want to know when Ebola will strike next? Look to the forest Nellie Peyton
Invest in forests and indigenous people to fight climate change Anna Pujol-Mazzini
Plant more trees to combat climate change - scientists Reuters
Pakistan cricket hero aims to turn green tide to political tsunami Rina Saeed Khan
Malawi deploys military to protect its fast-dwindling forests Karen Sanje
Stronger forest protection key to Amazon replanting push - experts Karla Mendes
Cameroon's forest people pay price for country's hydro ambitions Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Paying Uganda farmers not to cut down trees halved deforestation Ben Seabrook
Drought-hit Ethiopia moves to protect its dwindling forests Elias Gebreselassie
Malawi to restore trees, land covering half the country by 2030 Charles Mkoka
Gabon pledges to protect forests in drive to save Congo Basin Kieran Guilbert
Electricity price hike raises deforestation fears in Zambia Whitney Mulobela
Gas cuts risk reversing push to expand Pakistan's forests Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Kenya logging pits politicians against locals Kagondu Njagi
As FARC disarms, Colombia's rebels to fight deforestation Anastasia Moloney
Brazil's indigenous people struggle to stave off loggers Chris Arsenault and Karla Mendes
Pangas in hand, Kenya's indigenous fire scouts take on forest loss Moraa Obiria
Indonesia president approves 2 year extension of forest moratorium Reuters
Brazil farm lobby seeks to dismantle indigenous affairs agency Reuters
Brazil, home of Amazon, rolls back environmental protection Chris Arsenault
Cameroon steps up efforts but forest loss continues Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
How to protect Peru's rainforest? Indigenous land titles: study Chris Arsenault
In Morocco's hills, tourist dollars could keep argan oil flowing Laurie Goering
Drying waterways leave a parched Nepal struggling for water K.R. Pant
Tanzania's forest conservation at risk as funds run out Kizito Makoye
Slow carbon credit sales hinder Zimbabwe forest protection Andrew Mambondiyani
Indonesia's new ally on war against haze - tribespeople Beh Lih Yi
Governments ill-equipped to protect mangroves Matthew Ponsford
In crackdown, Malawi jails illegal loggers seized in national park Jeffrey Barbee
'Billion tree tsunami' surges across northern Pakistan Rina Saeed Khan
Could restoring Latin America's cloud forests boost hydropower? Sophie Hares
Brazilian farm owners form militias to attack land activists Chris Arsenault
Mexican Maya point way to slow species loss, climate change Talli Nauman
Pre-cooked beans could turn down heat on Africa's forests Pius Sawa
Kenyan youths renounce crime to protect forests Kagondu Njagi
Firms not yet doing enough to stop commodities destroying forest Megan Rowling
Opinion
Can living fig-tree bridges save lives in a changing climate? Mike Shanahan
To save rare forest, farmers try a new crop: butterflies Kizito Makoye
World's first forest bond beats expectations Reuters
Biggest threat beef lags in push to cut supply chain deforestation Megan Rowling
Failure to secure forest dweller rights risks emissions spike Rina Chandran
As oil palm expands, African nations agree to protect forests Alex Whiting
Opinion
To find real solutions, focus beyond climate emissions Peter Holmgren
Protecting mangroves, Kenya's fishermen net cash - and more fish Moraa Obiria
Brazil's raging forest fires threaten indigenous land Chris Arsenault
Ivory Coast evicts thousands of cocoa farmers to save forests Reuters
Opinion
Using forests to curb climate change threatens human rights Fred Pearce
Water innovation helps Bangladeshi women dodge snakes, shortages Rafiqul Islam
In Pakistan, solar water heaters help a town move away from wood Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Taboos, ancient customs help one community protect Kenya's forests Shadrack Kavilu
Zimbabwe's parched forests fall prey to new pests Jeffrey Moyo
Zimbabweans spot green gold in bamboo that spares forests Jeffrey Moyo
Amid drought, mystery disease kills Zimbabwe's baobabs Andrew Mambondiyani
U.S., Norway say forests vital to global climate goals Reuters
Efficient cookstoves save trees - and chickens - in Kenya Moraa Obiria
Indigenous rights key to slowing deforestation: Norway minister Anastasia Moloney
Forest fires and logging threaten Indian progress on climate goals Athar Parvaiz
Tinder-dry Zimbabwe seeks jail terms for arsonists Busani Bafana
As Kenya's forests - and rain - vanish, communities dig in to help Sophie Mbugua
Action needed on forest rights to meet climate goals: Helen Clark Paola Totaro
Forests re-grown on LatAm cleared lands key for land rights: study Chris Arsenault
In Kenya, portable toilets find a new role: protecting trees Geoffrey Kamadi
Indigenous leaders seek forest protection role in climate fight Nádia Pontes
To protect Philippine forests, may the "tribal force" be with you Purple Romero
China's forests recovering at the expense of other nations, study Chris Arsenault
To save S. America's forests harmonize tough rules - study Chris Arsenault
Trees adapt to higher temperatures, limiting global warming impact Reuters
Given new powers, Pakistanis take on illegal loggers Aamir Saeed
Drought adds fuel to fire as Zambia loses battle to save forests Tendai Marima
Breakthrough mapping of forests reveals broad extent of tree loss Magda Mis
Indonesia sets up peatland restoration agency after fires Reuters
Opinion
Forests a big winner in the Paris Agreement Cassandra Kane
African nations aim to restore 100 mln hectares of land by 2030 Megan Rowling
Opinion
Where has aid for forest protection in Central Africa gone wrong? Marigold Norman, ODI
Turkey reforestation may be model for arid Africa – experts Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Armed illegal loggers devastate Tanzania's coastal forest Kizito Makoye
Community forest rights can slow tree felling, CO2 emissions Anastasia Moloney
UN climate deal must unlock private funding for forests - experts Megan Rowling
Ivory Coast seeks to save forests from illegal cocoa boom Reuters
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