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Indonesia's disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate

Indonesia`s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months. Fires had spread to around 64 hectares (158 acres) of fields and forests in Aceh, a northern province on the island of Sumatra, producing haze and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problem, the agency said. "The peak of the dry season is predicted to be in August and September, so the threat of forest and field fires, and drought will escalate," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for BNPB, said

July 25, 2017

Indonesia environment minister wants permanent ban on licences to use forest land

Indonesia`s environment minister wants to make permanent a moratorium on issuing new licences to use land designated as primary forest and peatland. The moratorium, part of an effort to reduce emissions from fires caused by deforestation, was extended by President Joko Widodo for a third time in May. "So far its only been extended, and extended again. I want a permanent (moratorium)," said Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar

July 24, 2017

Paying Uganda farmers not to cut down trees halved deforestation - study

Paying Ugandan farmers not to chop down trees cut deforestation in half and was almost 50 times more cost effective in fighting climate change than many energy efficiency programmes in the U.S., according to a study by researchers from the U.S.`s Northwestern University and Dutch organisation Porticus. It involved 121 villages with half paid about $28 a year for every hectare of forest left untouched while the others continued as normal. Using satellite images to track deforestation over two years, the researchers found 5.5 more hectares of forest was preserved in the villages in the payment programme compared to the other villages

July 20, 2017

Around 2,305sq kilometere of India's forest cover could be wiped out by 2025 ISRO study

A staggering 2,305km of forest cover in northeast India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands – slightly more than the size of Mauritius, could disappear by 2025, a simulation study by ISRO scientists has predicted. Published in the Journal of Earth System Science in February, the study investigated the distribution of forest cover in India and predicted the ever continuing deforestation in selected parts of India with high deforestation rates

May 20, 2017
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Illegal gold mining in Venezuela causing deaths, malaria, gang fights and deforestation

A three-year recession in Venezuela, paired with rampant inflation and food shortages, has prompted many to turn to illegal gold mining to get basic supplies in an overpriced black market. It is estimated that around 100,000 people are involved in illegal mining, with many sites primarily in mafia hands. However, malaria has abandoned the remote jungle areas and is now spreading at rates not seen in Venezuela for 75 years. Illegal miners are catching malaria by the tens of thousands it is reported

March 21, 2017
Mining, International Business Times

Communicable diseases

Study links deforestation and malaria

A new study of 67 less-developed, malaria-endemic nations, titled Anthropogenic Forest Loss and Malaria Prevalence: a Comparative Examination of the Causes and Disease Consequences of Deforestation in Developing Nations, finds a link between deforestation and increasing malaria rates across developing

June 27, 2017