Disappearing Forests in Ghana, Russia, and Canada Burns As It Heats!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to sequester carbon

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A Canadian wildfire burns away. Credit NWTFire at Facebook

Historic Wildfires Burn Through Canada As Sub-Arctic Forests Heats Upreports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress. Wildfire activity in the Northwest Territories is more than six times higher than its 25-year average, and as of August 23 a total of 162 wildfires were burning in British Columbia.

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If Ghanian forests disappear, so will many of its birds. Source: The World Travel at blogspot

OO Ghana’s Unique Forests ‘Could Completely Disappear Within 25 Years’says study. Ghana is experiencing one of the greatest rates of deforestation in West Africa.

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The fate of this beautiful snail lies in the hands of Lafarge Co, after which it was named. Source: Vermuelen et al 2014 at Mongabay.

Scientists Name New Endangered Species After Company That Will Decide Its Fate reports Tanya Dimitrova at Mongabay. Discovered near a cement quarry in Malaysia, the snail lives on a limestone hill given as a concession to an international company Lafarge, which quarries the hill As a result, the scientists have named the species after the company that will decide if it goes extinct.

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Wikipedia

OO Russia: Far East Logging Damaging Tiger Habitat,
Few Intact Forests Protected (Part I)

OO World’s Last Wild Siberian Tigers Threatened By
Illegal Logging, Global Warming, Disease (PART II)
– 20-30 are poached every year as habitat is reduced and climate change makes life harder for the cat.

OO Rushing To Reforest: Communities, NGOs Work
To Save Rapidly Deforesting Ugandan Reserve

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OO India: Selective Logging Hurts Rainforest Frogs decades after it happens.

OO Forest Conservation: DNA Fingerprinting Trees To Stem Illegal Logging

OO Looming Mining ‘Tsunami’ in Africa Threatens Forests

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When Indonesian forests are destroyed, orangutans die. Credit Mongabay.com

OO 20 Orangutan Pictures For World Orangutan Day

OO Indonesia’s Forests So Damaged They Burn —
Whether Or Not There’s Drought

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Credit Julian Moll-Rocek

@@ VIDEO: How Humans And Nature Can Coexist is explored in this film, documenting how a vast community forest in Guatemala has prospered for centuries even as the human population grows.

OO When Forests Are Not:
the High Cost Of Chile’s Tree Plantations
– which offer few of the ecological services of a forest, eg, water regulation, and store much less carbon. Vast forests have been replaced by plantations.

OO Norway Puts $1.6 Billion Into Rainforest Conservation – with effects being seen.

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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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