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  • The Brazilian government has made several attempts to take control of logging in the Amazon. But despite high-profile crackdowns, the trade in illegal timber is vast and growing.

    Pará state is the largest timber producer and exporter in the Brazilian Amazon. It is where a lot of the Amazon timber available in the UK comes from. Yet an estimated 78% of logging in Pará is illegal.

    In neighbouring Mato Grosso, the second largest timber producer and exporter, 54% of logging is believed to be illegal. And the situation is the same in other states too. According to the former head of the Brazilian National Forest Service, 60% of logging in the Amazon is illegal.

    The government tried to regulate the industry and stem the trade in illegal timber. But the systems it designed to keep an eye on t... Read more >

  • After the final no there comes a yes...

    Blogpost by Pat Lerner - May 10, 2014 at 17:19

    ... and on that yes the future world depends.[1]

    I'm just back from spending a whirlwind 48 hours in Abu Dhabi where more than a thousand people, including 70 Ministers and numerous business leaders gathered to prepare for the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Summit taking place 23rd September. By then polluters are expected to come up with bold ideas and commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster.