Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 - compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research. Story here.
Part of the "boreal plains" of western Canada. A PinP photo.
|Up to 5 billions birds, like this Cape May warbler, nest in the boreal forest. In 2001, 85,000 migratory bird nests were lost to logging. (Source, Cdn. Geographic).|
|A herd of bison, North America's largest land mammal |
in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba -
where the boreal meets aspen parkland and fescue prairie.
Worsening wildfires could bring a transition of the forest to more broad leaf tree cover,
even grassland. Photos by PinP.
| Large wild animals need sizeable tracts of wilderness to thrive. |
That wilderness is being increasingly divided by logging roads and seismic lines.
A waterfall in the Canadian Rockies.
What will a changing climate do to it and the aquatic life it nurtures?
|In a practise called "slashing," trees growing on land wanted for agriculture, are bulldozed and burned, eating away at the edges of the boreal in central Manitoba.|