Rachel is an environmental journalist whose work has appeared in Pacific Standard, Ensia, Hakai Magazine, and others. She reports on stories about wildlife conservation and sustainable land and resource use.
According to a new analysis, tropical forest loss currently accounts for 8 percent of the world's annual carbon dioxide emissions.
Commodity-driven deforestation is most responsible, with farming and forestry also playing a major role in the global tree cover loss.
Conservation groups report that wetland forests are being drained, logged, burned, shipped across the Atlantic, and converted to monoculture pine plantations to create woody biomass.
Ten tigers have now been found dead or dying in the Indian state of Uttarakhand since the beginning of 2017, and conservationists fear many more deaths could be on the horizon.