Notes from a rare planet: 60-70% of deforestation in the Amazon can be tied to cattle ranches

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This pasture used to be rainforest before it was converted to pasture for ranching.

60-70% of deforestation in the Amazon can be tied to cattle ranches (Mongabay)

  • “Extensive deforestation for low-yielding cattle production means some Brazilian beef carries a disproportionately high carbon footprint, reports a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology.”
  • “The snag is that this 6 percent of beef production causes about 25 times more carbon dioxide emissions than beef produced in the rest of Brazil. This means that the average for carbon dioxide emissions caused by beef production in Brazil is twice as high as that in Europe.”

Fighting illegal logging in Indonesia by giving communities a stake in forest management (Mongabay)

  • “Over the past twenty years Indonesia lost more than 24 million hectares of forest, an area larger than the U.K. Much of the deforestation was driven by logging for overseas markets. According to the World Bank, a substantial proportion of this logging was illegal.”

Mitsubishi and Walmart agree to clean up fish sourcing practices (Mongabay)

  • “Two big players in seafood today announced that they are changing the way their fish are caught. Mitsubishi, which owns the UK’s most popular brand for tuna in a tin, Princes, and Walmart, which owns Asda, have agreed to stop buying from fishermen who use purse seines fishing in conjunction with fish aggregating devices (FADs) by 2014. These methods have been blamed in part for the vast overfishing of the world’s tuna and helping to decimate other species, such as sharks and rays, as bycatch.”

The collapse of honeybee populations is now a global phenomenon, scientists say (Yale e360)

  • “The report warns that a honeybee decline poses a significant threat to humankind since bees play such an important role as crop pollinators worldwide. ‘Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to seven billion people.’”

New Energy Star Standards Require 40% More Efficient TVs, Cable and Satellite Boxes (TechCrunch)

  • “The FTC is still considering energy-related labeling requirements for manufacturers of personal computers, cable or satellite set-top boxes, stand-alone digital video recorders, and personal computer monitors.”