One Journalist’s Take on Brazil’s Forest Code

…hibit further deforestation, establishing penalties and even doling out prison sentences to lawbreakers. Because of these punishments, congressmen allied with rural farmers and encouraged the discussions to reform the Forest Code. Their goal was essentially to reduce the protected areas, or at least to grant amnesty for those who deforested illegally. When we decided to write about this movement, a first reform bill of the Forest Code had been…

Scan and serve: New tool traces seafood from ocean to plate

…hnology directly to fishing communities in Brazil to reshape the seafood chain from the water to the consumer’s plate. Question: How does Pesca+Sustentável work? Answer: Pesca+Sustentável is a traceability system based on QR codes. The QR code is printed on a piece of paper that accompanies a restaurant menu. Customers open the QR app on their smartphone and scan the code, which brings them to the program website to find out more about where…

Why the Marrakech climate talks matter

…oceans. (© Art Wolfe/ www.artwolfe.com) Editor’s note: In Marrakech, Morocco, delegations of international leaders, organizations and advisers participating in COP22 — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 22nd Conference of the Parties — are spending two weeks working out the “how” following three recent climate milestones: the Paris Agreement entered into force years ahead of schedule; a historic plan was agreed upon to…

In Morocco, world’s nations reaffirm commitment to climate change action

…ric achievement, as 193 countries from all corners of the globe recognized the severe threat posed by climate change and agreed to act as never before. With the Paris Agreement now in force, the Marrakech climate talks at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) served as a foundational conversation on implementing the landmark climate accord and galvanizing action toward concrete…

Brazilian State Aims to Restore Ecosystems on Agricultural Lands

…n recent years, its grasses and woodlands have been disappearing twice as fast as the Amazon rainforest, giving way first to cattle pastures and then to endless fields of corn, soy, cotton and coffee. According to the Forest Code, which is under attack in the Brazilian Senate by groups connected to the agribusiness sector, 20 percent of vegetation on all private productive lands in the Cerrado must be preserved. These territories are divided…

Newly Discovered Whale Shark Population Brings Tourism Potential to Indonesian Communities

…We have also developed a whale shark tourism “code of conduct” for Kaimana — a set of guidelines for human-whale shark interactions to regulate any activities involving this species (see below). Graphic depicting the Kaimana code of conduct, which illustrates the guidelines people should adhere to when in close proximity to whale sharks. (graphic © Conservation International) Three governmental agencies in Kaimana Regency now support this code

For better, faster ocean science, researchers look to the cloud

…hare your work. The practice of open science revolves around the technical details of how to actually share your work — the potential for scientists to share the motivations, data, and methods behind their studies, including code, figures, results and any publications that come out of it. Traditionally, the philosophy of open science was more concept than reality. But over the last few years, its acceptance has accelerated, in large part because…

Disastrous Forestry Bill Offers Brazil’s President a Critical Test

…hot dead in the Amazon by unknown attackers, just hours after politicians approved a controversial new environmental bill that will open the door to massive deforestation in highly important areas like the Amazon. The Forest Code is the main law to protect Brazil’s forests. It was designed back in 1934 by visionaries who understood the need to preserve native vegetation, not only for nature’s sake but for the benefits that it provides for…

Stopping overfishing? There’s an app for that

…sts, government agencies and laypeople to easily access and acclimate to the latest technology with relatively low costs. Montebon, who was on hand as a marine expert at this year’s Fishackathon Manila, which took place April 22–24, described the scene: “The young coders who approached me were interested in simultaneously addressing maritime domain awareness [understanding of how any maritime activity could impact the security, safety, economy…

A Sustainable Future Relies on US-China Collaboration

…and rising middle class will play a significant role in these changes. In 20 years, China’s cities will have added 350 million people, more than the entire population of the United States today. By 2025, China will have 221 cities with 1 million-plus inhabitants — compared with 35 cities of this size in Europe today. The environmental ramifications of this unprecedented demographic shift will be severe. Local community members in China’s…

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