Keeping Carbon Stored: Forests Update

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE

Forests are the cheapest way we can store carbon in living systems, and prevent it from forming greenhouse gases; the cheapest nonliving way is to not mine fossil fuels.

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Ever look an orangutan in the eye? I have – and their gaze is filled with human intelligence. They are going up in flames with their forests homes. Credit Rhett Butler at www.mongabay.com

OO Forests in Indonesia’s Concession Areas Being Rapidly Destroyed

OO To Conserve Forests, Empower Everyone To Watch Over Forests

OO Indonesian ‘Legal’ Timber Scheme Could Be Greenwashing Illegal Products

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When the magnificent biodiversity of a carbon-storing rainforest is destroyed for growing oil palms, which produce an unhealthy cooking oil, the climate future of our children suffers. Wikimedia commons.

OO Honduras: How A Small Co-Op Is Changing The Palm Oil Industry – following the “no new deforestation” production plan, and even giving land back to the forest.

OO Africa: Nearly 90 Percent Of Congo Logging Is Illegal

OO Australians Plan to Devastate Borneo Forests with Open Pit Coal Mine

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One of the many gifts of carbon-storing forests. Credit Rhett Butler atwww.mongabay.com

OO Selective Logging Emissions Average Just 16% Of Those From Deforestation

OO City Lights Threaten Rainforests By Deterring Bats important to their functioning.

OO Salamanders Help Store Carbon in Forests – by eating a significant number of insects that would otherwise eat the leaves, releasing carbon to the atmosphere.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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