A New Forest Threat: Indonesia’s “Empty Forest Syndrome”

A New Forest Threat: Indonesia’s “Empty Forest Syndrome” spreads as encroaching populations empty them of wildlife, notes Erik Meijaard atMongabay.com. Without wildlife, these carbon-storing forests have little chance of functioning properly , since plants and trees as so closely co-adapted to the wildlife for their survival.

Rising populations are a big driver in this, as well we misplaced cultural values.

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Wildlife aren’t just pretty ornaments decorating the forest – they are essential to a forest’s existence.  Credit Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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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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