Keeping Carbon Stored: Martyrs Dying to Save Amazon, and More!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE

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Nilcilena Miguel de Lima, mother of 4, finally went into hiding after they beat her, burned her home down, killed her dog, frightened away her armed guards, and killed her activist friends. She hides, while the criminals roam free. Credit Jonathan Watts

Hundreds Have Died, Trying to Save Their Amazonian Rainforest reportsJonathan Watts et al at the UK Guardian, as Brazil fails to protect activists from powerful, illegal forest exploiters. On average, an activist dies every week.

OO Deforestation Has Harmful Global Impact, Reduces Food Security – Research indicates that areas with more forest cover tend to have superior food resilience compared to areas with less, while deforestation has both negative local and global impacts.

OO Oil Drilling Causes Widespread Contamination In The Amazon Rainforest – Decades of oil extraction in the Western Amazon has caused widespread pollution, finds a new study, raising questions about the impact of a new oil boom there.

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Forests are the cheapest way to store carbon, and beautiful biodiversity, such as these Birds of Paradise. Credit Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

OO Montane Tropical Forests Store 40% More Carbon Than Expected

OO Despite Green Pledge, Companies Continue To Destroy Forest For Palm Oil

OO Tropical Nations Make Progress In Slowing Deforestation

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

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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