Deforestation

Disappearing Cerrado: 'Brazil's great untold environmental disaster' - audio slideshow

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Eric Hilaire
Disappearing Cerrado: 'Brazil's great untold environmental disaster' - audio sli
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Photographer Peter Caton talks about his visit to the Cerrado – the world's largest savannah. It contains 5% of the world's biodiversity, but is being destroyed at an incredible rate to make way for monocultures that may have devastating long-term effects.

During his trip, Caton worked with local Brazilian environmental group ISPN and WWF on their campaign calling for UK supermarkets to source sustainable soya

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Human Development Index 2011: Warnings For The Future

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Index on Wednesday, painting a grim picture of the prospects for millions of people in some of the world's poorest nations. ... Read more about Human Development Index 2011: Warnings For The Future

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Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

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Zahida, a nine-year-old girl displaced by floods stands amidst a wall with rainw
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LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Earth's natural resources like food, water and forests are being depleted at an alarming speed, causing hunger, conflict, social unrest and species extinction, experts at a climate and health conference in London warned on Monday.

Increased hunger due to food yield changes will lead to malnutrition; water scarcity will deteriorate hygiene; pollution will weaken immune systems; and displacement and social disorder due to conflicts over water and land will increase the spread of infectious diseases, they said. ... Read more about Scarce resources, climate biggest threats to world health

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Destruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 pct-FAO

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Jonny Hogg
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* FAO says deforestation of world's biggest forests slowing

* Agriculture and population pressure still a big threat

BRAZZAVILLE, June 1 (Reuters) - The rate of destruction of the world's three largest forests fell 25 percent this decade compared with the previous one, but remains alarmingly high in some countries, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said. ... Read more about Destruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 pct-FAO

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For Many Species, No Escape As Temperature Rises

UN Fights To Save The Planet From Ever-Expanding Deserts

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by Yana Marull FORTALEZA, Brazil, Aug 16, 2010 (AFP) - The United Nations Monday launched a campaign to save the planet from deserts that are threatening a third of the planet along with the livelihoods of more than a billion people.

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UN Fears 'Irreversible' Damage To Natural Environment

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GENEVA — The UN warned on Monday that "massive" loss in life-sustaining natural environments was likely to deepen to the point of being irreversible after global targets to cut the decline by this year were missed. As a result of the degradation, the world is moving closer to several "tipping points" beyond which some ecosystems that play a part in natural processes such as climate or the food chain may be permanently damaged, a United Nations report said. ... Read more about UN Fears 'Irreversible' Damage To Natural Environment

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