Long heralded as the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, the Great Bear forest in western British Columbia is home to a stunning array of wildlife, from birds to wolves to the iconic white Kermode, or spirit, bears. Conservationists and First Nations peoples have battled logging interests in the unique landscape for decades, but now a deal has been struck to preserve most of the forest. British Columbia introduced legislation this week that will protect 85 percent of the 6.4 million-hectare rainforest from logging. Province Premier Christy Clark called the protection a gift from British Columbia "to the entire world" at a ceremony this week. In a statement, Sierra Club spokesman Jens Wieting called the new law a success.
A summit is being held in Indonesia, where delegates from all over the region will try and build on the commitments made in the Paris Climate Agreement. On the agenda will be the rapid rate of deforestation in Papua New Guinea. Intensive logging is continuing there, despite a court ruling to stop many operations.
Participants from 21 countries at a conference in the Norwegian capital of Oslo are hoping that billions of people of faith worldwide will unite to protect the Earth's rainforests. The rainforests are fundamental to human life but are suffering from agricultural and industrial exploitation in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Most of us have never stepped anywhere near a rainforest, much less had a chance to explore it -- something Google hopes to change with its new augmented reality experience. The "Into the Wild" exhibit sees some 1,000 square meters turned into a virtual rainforest, home to orangutans, Malayan tapirs and tiny mouse deer. SEE ALSO: The world's best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm In order to view the sights, visitors pick up a Lenovo smartphone enabled with Tango, an augmented reality platform developed by Google. The exhibition, the first of its kind to launch in Asia, is held at Singapore's ArtScience Museum. Visitors wander through the lush AR forest as they walk around the museum, catching glimpses of endangered animals in their natural habitat.