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Soaring forest losses set to wreck global protection pledge

Deforestation

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Meeting a landmark target to slash by at least half losses of natural forests by 2020 is likely to be “impossible”, as deforestation has soared in the five years since it was set, warned a report on progress towards the goal. The 2014 New York Declaration on Forests garnered more than […]

Fire hazard: Children struggle to breathe as smoke chokes Amazon city

Fires children Brazil

Porto Velho, BrazilThomson Reuters Foundation When Maria Augusta Almeida, 45, heard her grandson cough incessantly, she knew what was to blame: the fires raging in the Amazon forest, some of them more than 322 kilometres away from Porto Velho. The smoke permeating the city, the capital of Brazil’s north-western state of Rondonia, is leading concerned […]