Keeping Carbon Stored: Deforestation Increasing, Preserving Forests, and More!


OO Deforestation Rising In Carbon-storing Yasuni Natl Park As Ecuador To Open It To Drilling in this world-class biodiversity hotspot.

New Guinea rainforests are home to many Birds of Paradise, besides being important carbon storage systems. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

Palm Oil Company Clears Rainforest In New Guinea reports Rhett Butler atMongabay. An Indonesian Stock Exchange-listed company, whose commissioner is a member of The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia’s board, has been clearing dense rainforest in New Guinea, finds a new report from Greenomics-Indonesia. The report is based on analysis of data from Global Forest Watch, NASA satellites, Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry, and company documents.

OO Forest Conservation: Reconnecting Religious Faith And Forests – sacred forest patches are important in conserving biodiversity in Africa and Asia. Can they be expanded?


The jaguar, denizen of the Brazilian Amazon. Wikipedia

Brazil Could Meet All Its Food Demand By 2040 Without Cutting Down Another Tree
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change, reports Mongabay.


The Amazonian rainforest is home to many beautiful hummingbirds found no where else. Credit Michel Giraud-Audine at flickr.

Phone-Based Logging Alert System Eyes Expanding To The Amazon – After exceeding an ambitious fundraising target to launch a near-real time forest monitoring system in the Congo Basin, a San-Francisco based start-up is now eyeing expansion in the Amazon, where it hopes to help an indigenous rainforest tribe fight illegal logging, reports Mongabay.

OO Peru Slashes Environmental Protections To Attract More Mining, Fossil Fuel Investmenst – bye-bye, carbon storing forests…


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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