Covid an Excuse to Strip Tropical Forests: Indigenous Groups

Governments worldwide are using the Covid-19 pandemic to push through destructive development projects and roll back protections of indigenous groups, according to a global report on deforestation and rule of law released Thursday.

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Timber Project

A group of residents from Leadville, Colorado, failed to show the U.S. Forest Service improperly approved a 1,600-acre timber project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley, a federal court in Colorado ruled. The residents claimed the project would have a climate impact because of the biomass fuel it would generate, disruptions to the soil and emissions-producing logging trucks.

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