Humberto Laudares, 15 December 2020

Humberto Laudares ( Graduate Institute & University of Geneva) reveals a positive & statistically significant relationship between deforestation & the transmission of COVID19 in indigenous communities in Brazil. With intensified Mining & Conflict contributing to the spread. Read the paper discussed in this video in Issue 53 of CEPR's Covid Economics Papers

Humberto Laudares, 03 November 2020

The existing literature on deforestation focuses on the environmental impacts. Using a novel panel dataset from Brazil, this column finds that deforestation is also playing a significant role in the transmission of COVID-19 to Indigenous populations, with one km2 deforested today estimated to result in 9.5% more new COVID-19 cases among Indigenous people in two weeks. In addition to being an environmental problem, deforestation is also a key health and economic issue, given the importance of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 to save lives and prevent an increase in inequality.

Robin Burgess, Peter Potapov, Stefanie Sieber, Matthew Hansen, Benjamin Olken, 22 June 2012

Tropical deforestation accounts for almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and threatens the world's most diverse ecosystems. Failure to take into account (and adjust) the extraction incentives of local politicians and bureaucrats is likely to render ineffective efforts to conserve the last great areas of tropical forest in the world.

Dennis Snower, 29 July 2011

The first Global Economic Symposium (GES) took place in the early autumn of 2008. Dennis Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and GES Director, talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about its continuing efforts to bring together people from many professions, nations and cultures to develop solutions to a wide range of global challenges, including financial crises, climate change, poverty and such ‘tragedy of the commons’ phenomena as deforestation and overfishing. The interview was recorded in July 2011.

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