Amazon Soya Agreement Extended until Year’s End

A landmark moratorium on Brazilian soya that was set to end today has been renewed for one last year. The initiative prevents major traders selling soya that may be linked to deforestation in the Amazon, which has recently been increasing. This comes a couple of months after the Brazilian government announced a 28 per cent increase in Amazon deforestation rates. This was the first official data on Amazon deforestation to come to light since Brazil controversially changed the Forest Code in 2012. This move, backed by the country’s powerful farmers’ lobby, weakened legislation on forest conservation and land use.

Aerial view of the rainforest in the Amazon, photographed during a flight from Alta Floresta to Santarem.

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Month In Pictures - October

Slideshow | 31 October, 2014

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Video | 31 October, 2014 at 11:45

'Golden' rice is a genetically engineered (GE) rice variety that has been developed by industry to produce pro-vitamin A. Its proponents have hyped GE 'Golden' rice as a quick-fix solution to vitamin A deficiency which is prevalent in developing...

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Video | 21 October, 2014 at 17:45

The climate is in crisis and it affects us all. But we can take control of our future. By joining the growing movement for climate action, you and I can choose to be part of the solution.

Protest At The Prezioso Oil Rig In Italy

Image | 14 October, 2014 at 12:11

Activists from the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior occupy the ‘Prezioso’ offshore oil rig operated by the Italian oil company ENI in the Sicilian Channel. The activists unfurl a 120 meter square banner depicting the Italian Prime Minister,...

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