Little Book of Big Deforestation Drivers provides 24 catalysts to address deforestation

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This hypothetical supply chain of a burger illustrates the complexity of global supply chains and the numerous actors and stages involved in the production and trade of a product from the forest to the end consumer.

A new book published today (Monday 18th November) by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) outlines the global context to the drivers of deforestation. Read more »

Report exposes threat to dam ‘Lost World’ in Guyana

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Chai-Chai gorge, just below the falls where, in a third phase of the Amaila hydro project, a dam would be built to divert the headwaters of the upper Mazaruni into the Kuribrong and Amaila rivers in the Potaro basin © Audrey Butt Colson

Plans to build a massive hydro-electric dam on the land of two unique tribes in Guyana would lead to the destruction of a unique people and vast tracts of rainforest, a new report has revealed today. Read more »

Keeping Britain Buzzing with free cups of organic coffee at Le Pain Quotidien

To celebrate the last day of summer and in support of the Soil Association’s Keep Britain Buzzing campaign, Le Pain Quotidien will be giving away free cups of organic coffee on the morning of 23 September, the last day of summer.

The free coffee will be available at five different Le Pain Quotidien outlets across London:

Le Pain Quotidien St Paul’s
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World Rhino Day marked by shocking increase of 5000% in poaching since 2007

For the sixth year in a row the number of rhinos poached in South Africa has risen resulting in a 5000% increase. In 2007 13 rhinos were killed while in 2013 so far the total is 618.

A recent study by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC found that buyers and users of rhino horn primarily consider it a status symbol and often gift it to family members, business colleagues or people in positions of authority. Read more »

Ascent on the Shard: pictures from Greenpeace's audacious bid to raise awareness of Arctic oil drilling

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After 15 hours of arduous climbing on the sheer face of Western Europe’s tallest building, six women climbers from Greenpeace reached the top of the Shard at 07.08pm on Thursday night (11.07.13). The climbers were cheered by crowds gathered at the foot of the skyscraper and watched by tens of thousands through a live stream on the Greenpeace website.

Having reached the 310 metre peak, two of the activists waved a 32-square-foot flag with the demand “Save the Arctic” written across it. Read more »

£1million fund for research into alternatives to peat announced by Defra

A new £1 million pot for research to help the gardening industry end its reliance on peat has been announced by Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The research funding has been made available as part of the Government’s response to a report from an independent Task Force. Read more »

Defra launches consultation to help beekeepers protect their hives from pests & diseases

New plans to help beekeepers protect their hives from pests and diseases to reduce bee population losses have been unveiled by Defra and the Welsh Government. The proposals will help beekeepers identify and manage pests such as the potentially devastating Varroa mite, considered the single greatest problem for beekeepers. Read more »

This year choose a fair trade Christmas tree from Fairwind

Have you ever wondered where real Christmas trees come from? No doubt at that hectic time of year you don’t have time to give it a second thought. Read more »

In reaction to the Ash Dieback tragedy, Confor suggests an action plan for dealing with pests and diseases

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Ash dieback (Credit Forestry Commission)

Confor has drawn up an action plan on pests and diseases following the identification of Chalara fraxinea (ash dieback) in the UK. Ash dieback has been confirmed in 155 sites (as at 13 November 2012), mostly in eastern England, but clustered in East Anglia and the southeast. Read more »

Wildlife conservation champion Ofir Drori honoured by Duke of Edinburgh

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Ofir Drori with a confiscated chimp

The prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal has been awarded this year to one of our generation’s great wildlife conservation heroes: Ofir Drori, Founder of LAGA - The Last Great Ape Organisation. Read more »

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