Can We Save the World’s Remaining Forests? A Look at ‘Why REDD Will Fail’

By Bethany N. Bella

As climate change threatens the stability of ecosystems around the world, the preservation of forests is seen as a “win-win” solution to curbing planet-warming emissions while producing value for developing country economies.

But all is not as it seems with the world’s largest forest preservation effort, the United Nations-led Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries program, otherwise known as REDD, according to a new book.

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Environmental Defenders Under Attack: Second Goldman Prize Winner Killed in Less Than a Year

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Despite recent press coverage about the violence against international environmental defenders, another prominent figure has been murdered in cold blood.

On Sunday, January 15, 2017, world-renowned environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro López was killed in his uncle’s home in northern Mexico by a gunman, according to the local prosecutor’s report. He was 51 years old. The New York Times reports the alleged shooter, Romero Rubio Martínez, fired six shots and then fled the scene. Baldenegro died hours later.

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Environmental Defenders Are Being Murdered at an Unprecedented Rate, Says UN Special Rapporteur

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The Earth’s front-line defenders are disappearing at an astonishing rate. On average three environmental activists were killed each week in 2015, according to a recent report from the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Global Witness, an international NGO that documents natural resource extraction, corruption, and violence, reports a 59 percent increase in deaths last year compared to 2014. In total, 185 killings of environmental defenders were recorded by Global Witness in 2015.

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The Future of Environmental Politics and Communication: A First of Many Conversations

Since the results of the 2016 United States presidential election, many students at Ohio University are concerned about the direction of their future careers. Conversations in environmental studies classes in particular have left students “clambering for more” — more spaces and more opportunities to openly discuss what the future may hold for those pursuing a career in environmental services under a Trump Administration.

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As Ivory Becomes Bigger Issue, Environmental Peacebuilding Gaining Ground at IUCN World Congress

A traditional conservation approach to climate change (e.g., habitat restoration, species protection) has been a primary tenet of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) agenda for decades. But this fall at the quadrennial World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i there were new discussions about tackling climate change in the context of national security and environmental peacebuilding.

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“Time for Action”: A 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Preview With Inger Andersen

“The time for talk is done; it is now the time for action,” says Inger Andersen, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in an interview before the 2016 World Conservation Congress.

 

The planet’s climate is changing and its diverse species are disappearing while whole ecosystems threaten to unravel from their natural equilibriums. The Earth is, some might say, at a crossroads.

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