Keeping Carbon Stored in Forests: Madagascar, Congo, and More!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FOREST UPDATES

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One of the colorful inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest, the scarlet macaw. Credit Rhett Butler, mongabay.com

OO Scale Of Amazon Rainforest Carbon Loss Is More than thought due to small scale deforestation: wildfires, pasture intrusion, and selective logging, besides large scale deforestation.

OO Only 15 % Of World’s Biodiversity Hotspots Left Intact – much of the losses were once carbon-storing forests.

OO Forests As Important As Farming For Some Rural Communities

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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 New Palm Oil Sustainability Manifesto Still Has Deforestation Loopholes say environmentalists.

OO Downturn In Shade-Grown Coffee Putting Forests, Wildlife, People At Risk

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The giraffe beetle is unique to Madagascar. Wikipedia.

OO Madagascar Forest Conservation: Rewards For Reforestation

OO Congo: Deforestation Escalates Despite Resource Shortages, Protests, Rape, Homicide

OO Big Asian Paper Conglomerate Won’t Include Companies That Continue To Destroy Forests

YOU CAN ACT

Ask Congress To Turn Heat Into Clean Energy here.

Join the People’s Climate March Sept 21: more information here.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. 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

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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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