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    Report shows deforestation increases rainfall


    2014 - 12.24

    Deforestation not only releases carbon into the atmosphere, it also increases rainfall, according to a new report.

    The research, published in Nature Climate Change, provides the most comprehensive analysis so far of the climate impacts of tropical forest destruction on agriculture in the tropics and thousands of miles away.

    Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Climate Change and Agriculture claims that deforestation in South America, south-east Asia and Africa could even have an impact on agricultural areas in the tropics and as far afield as the US Midwest, Europe and China.

    Lead author of the study, Deborah Lawrence, professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, stated that deforestation delivers a double whammy to the climate and to farmers.

    She said: “Most people know that climate change is a dangerous global problem, and that it’s caused by pumping carbon into the atmosphere. But it turns out that removing forests alters moisture and air flow, leading to changes – from fluctuating rainfall patterns to rises in temperatures – that are just as hazardous, and happen right away.”

    Dr Charlotte Streck, director of Climate Focus, added that the new research will help guide policy makers who are currently working on climate change projects.

    Companies such as Greenwood Management realise how important it is to protect the world’s forests and they are working together to ensure they are preserved and safeguarded against excessive levels of deforestation.

    Bianca Jagger talks on climate change


    2014 - 12.11

    Bianca Jagger gave a speech at the recent UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, outlining the perils of climate change and highlighting the importance of restoring and protecting damaged forested land across the globe.

    Jagger, 69, has been a longtime environmental activist, and told delegates at the Global Landscapes Forum held at the Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center that time was “running out”, and that a failure to take action to save forests would lead to “severe and irreversible damage.”

    She said: “Climate change will affect everyone, everywhere, in every nation, in every echelon of society, in the developing world and the developed world, We will all suffer the catastrophic consequences of rising sea levels, ocean acidification, food scarcity and political unrest. But some of the most vulnerable communities in the world are bearing a disproportionate burden of the harm without having significantly contributed to the cost. This is a terrible injustice.”

    Two years ago, Jagger was made an ambassador to the Bonn Challenge, which hopes to restore 150 million hectares of deforested land across the globe by 2020.

    She explained: “I took on this role because I believe the objective of the Bonn Challenge is critical and more importantly, it is achievable, Frankly, it is one of the more achievable initiatives trying to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve the lives of people. Achieving the Bonn Challenge goal could sequester one gigaton of carbon dioxide a year, which would reduce our current emissions by up to 17 per cent. That is really a very important advance from a restoration programme.”

    The two-day event focused on the important role that forests play in helping to slow the level of climate change. As vast tracts of tropical forests around the world are being destroyed year after year for agriculture, mining and extraction, great costs are paid in terms of the biodiversity of such areas, as well as the indigenous peoples who live in the areas.

    “If we can continue with initiatives like the Bonn Challenge, we would see a difference. Forests are essential to our future,” Jagger concluded.

    Companies including Greenwood Management realise the importance of protecting the world’s forests and are already working to ensure that they are preserved and safeguarded against excessive deforestation.