Our species took its first steps in a world covered in trees. Today, forests offer us sustenance, shelter, and clean the air that we breathe.
Baby panda sees snow for the first time
Bao Bao, a 16-month-old giant panda, plays in the snow for the first time. Watch the video.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park of Washington released a video featuring a cub of female giant panda named Bao Bao, which was born in the park in August 2013, playing and rolling over in the snow for the first time, after a snowfall hit the US capital over the first days of January.
The snowfall led officials to close the park to the public. This allowed Bao Bao and other species, including seals and wolves, enjoying winter time. Giant pandas, native to cold Chinese forests, love snow and ice. However, global warming and deforestation are destroying their habitat, pushing the species to the brink of extinction, with only 1,600 individuals left in the wild.
Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
A historic win for the Ashaninka of Brazil as they receive compensation for deforestation on their land
On top of a 2.4 million dollar compensation, the indigenous Ashaninka people will receive an official apology from the companies who deforested their lands in the 1980s.
The tapir was reintroduced into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the country’s most at-risk ecosystem. The species can play a key role in the forest’s recovery.
Forests are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. This year’s International Day of Forests highlights the urgent changes needed to save them.
After a legal battle that lasted two years, Indonesia’s Supreme Court has revoked the permit to mine for coal in the forests of South Kalimantan in Borneo.
The list of human and animal victims of the Australia wildfires keeps growing – one species might already have gone extinct – as the smoke even reaches South America.
Areas where the FARC guerrilla used to hold power in Colombia have faced record deforestation. Farmers cut down trees, burn land and plant grass for cows. Because, “what else can we do for a living here in the Colombian Amazon”? An intimate report from the heart of the felled forest in Caquetá.
Refusing the anthropocentric vision and respecting the laws of ecology is the only way to safeguard the future of our and all other species, Sea Shepherd President Paul Watson argues in this op-ed.