24 Sep 2014:
Nations Announce Agreement
To End Forest Loss by 2030 at UN Summit
Deforestation for palm oil in Malaysian Borneo
The U.S., Canada, and the European Union agreed at yesterday's UN climate summit to cut global deforestation in half by the end of the decade and eliminate net forest losses entirely by 2030, marking the first time such a deadline has been set. If the goal is met, it will cut carbon emissions by an amount equal to taking 1 billion vehicles — every car on the planet — off the road, the UN said
. Notably missing from the list of committed countries was Brazil, which has been a key player in Amazon deforestation, because of concerns that the pledge would clash with national laws permitting managed deforestation. Critics say ending deforestation is nearly impossible without Brazil's cooperation. In addition to the 32 national governments that signed onto the declaration, 35 corporations, including Kellogg's, L'Oreal, and Nestle, pledged to support sustainable forest practices in their supply chains. Several major palm oil suppliers and customers also announced plans to implement deforestation-free palm oil policies. Corporations played a much larger role in this climate summit than at any such meeting in the past, The New York Times
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