Forests Update: The Tarring of Canadian Forests, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to sequester carbon


This used to be a Canadian forest. Now it’s a toxic wasteland from tar sand extraction.Via RTCC

OO More Tar Sands Trouble:
Oil Extraction Leading To Big Forest Loss In Alberta, Canada

OO Brazil: Govt Busts Major Illegal Loggers’ Gang

OO Saving The Atlantic Forest Would Cost Less
Than Making ‘Titanic’ Movie

and the payback would be far greater, if private landowners were paid to protect this forest.

When Indonesian forests are destroyed, orangutans die. Source: Mongabay

Indonesia: Poverty Drives Illegal Logging in Sumatra reports Robert Eshelman at Mongabay. ‘I make six times the money I’d make working legally’says an illegal logger. Lack of government support for even modest help in village farming projects drives villagers to make money illegally. The country and the world loses.

OO Map: Siting New Roads to Save Forests, Wildlife

OO How Do We Save The World’s Vanishing Old-Growth Forests? Make their conservation a national priority worldwide.


A selfie taken by a Sulawesi Crested Macaque. Deforestation threatens its home, and that of many species still undiscovered there.

OO Life We May Never Know:
Deforestation Threatens Sulawesi’s Unique, Unknown Wildlife

There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” , at here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

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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