Deforestation rates peaked in 2004 and fell steadily for almost ten years. But the loggers didn't go away. They just got smarter. Despite the government's interventions, most of the logging in the Brazilian Amazon was still illegal. The loggers learned how to game the systems put in place to keep illegal timber out of the market. They found crooked sawmills to launder their illegal timber, and exporters that didn't care where their products they sold came from... The scale of illegal logging in the Amazon is astounding. In the state of Pará, almost 80% of logging is believed to be illegal.
There are surprises in politics and there are shocks. Today's announcement from Putin that he is pardoning Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of the original oligarchs and long-time enemy of Putin, most definitely qualifies as a shock.
Around the same time that a snake was gobbling up a sleeping drunkard in India last week, several artists and dignitaries assembled for a wine and cheese evening in the safe environment of the Polish Embassy in London. The reason for this gathering was to celebrate the city of Edinburgh's recent decision to approve construction of a monument to a bear with a storied past.
As far as I can tell the only solution to the current state of the law would be if politicians in Russia could more clearly define the range of crimes that fall under the "hooliganism" label so that visitors would have a more clear idea of what would constitute an infringement.
Russian football is not without its problems - far from it. Racism still rains down from the terraces on a regular basis, recently being aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Touré, who promptly and with plenty of just cause called for the 2018 competition, which is to be hosted by the country, to be boycotted.
Sunday night in Berlin saw the launch of the European Fossil Fuel Free, championing a European wide divestment campaign similar to the one which has seen several US universities divest from fossil fuel stocks from the top 200 fossil fuel companies.
Russia's overreaction in prosecuting Greenpeace protesters, including the two journalists, is set to unfold into an international scandal that will seriously damage country's global reputation.
Each year in the UK we discard over a million tonnes of so-called e-waste: all those old scanners, PCs, mobiles and an estimated two million TVs that either stopped working or have become "obsolete". Around half of these six million items could be repaired but it's usually easier and cheaper just to buy a new one.
Walking around London this week, you'd be forgiven for thinking half the capital had been taken over by zombies, with tourists and locals alike standing stock still, gazing upwards with mouths agog. The reason? Not that strange orb of light in the sky we'd half forgotten even existed, but the tiny moving dots making their way up the Shard. On Thursday at 4.30am, six women from Greenpeace set out with a mission to climb London's latest addition to the skyline, with the sole intention of highlighting Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic...
The last 7 months haven't been so much of a steep learning curve, as a swift implementation of what was always important to me. You see I visited a l...
People who say that the Gezi resistance is more than defending a couple of trees are absolutely right. But, do not think this is something new. If it were, it would not rage across Turkey so rapidly. There is a 'Gezi Park' in every city. That's why this movement - which started in İstanbul, spread so easily around the republic.
When E.O. Wilson said "people would rather believe than know", he perfectly summed up modern environmentalism; the movement which has been radicalised to the extent that its policies are now better described as anti-science, anti-business and even anti-human; not pro-environment.
Wind farms are good for our economy, good for our energy bills and good for our climate - now there's a real vote winner.
In my mind there can no longer be any doubt that we're experiencing a climate emergency of the highest order, and our government's focus should based on these latest findings and make this climate emergency their number one concern.
Looking at the posibilities alone for social media, you just have to use the examples of the Arab Spring to make note of what really is possible. In the enourmous environmental challenges we're facing we need to use both blogging and social media as a vital tool in overcoming them.
21st June is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and traditionally a day of festivals and celebration. In the high North, past the Arctic Circle, it's the first first day of the 'midnight sun' period in which the sun does not set for the rest of the summer, somewhat of a contrast to the winter months when the sun never rises.