Forest Updates: Boreal forests count, Broken logging promises, and more!

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Some boreal forests are already being undermined physically by the melting of the permafrost.
Via Climate Progress

Ignoring Boreal Forests Could Speed Up Global Warming reports Mongabay. Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have caused global air and sea surface temperatures to rise approximately 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the beginning of the 20th century, contributing to a plethora of problems worldwide from rising sea levels to desertification. A new study finds that global temperatures may start to increase even faster if more is not done to protect Earth’s boreal forests.

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OO Logger Continues To Destroy Indonesian Rainforest Despite Green Promises (Photos)

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Madagascar forests house many unique species, including this inch long chameleon!
Credit Mary Ellen Harte

OO Madagascar Deforestation Continues: Singapore Siezes Massive Illegal Rosewood Shipment Singapore authorities have made the largest-ever international seizure of rosewood logs, evidence that industrial-scale smuggling of Madagascar’s rainforest timber continues despite an official ban on the trade. Rare biodiversity is threatened on Madagascar, which has lost most of its forests to exploitation.

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte

 

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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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