Ago-Expansion Driving Rapid Deforestation Worldwide, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to sequester carbon


This used to be a forest, before tar sands mining turned it into a moonscape.

OO Canada Tops The World In Forest Degradation – due to climate change, logging and energy development, as illustrated by a new mapping project.

OO Four People Killed By Loggers In Peru – one, a top conservationist for a tribal community, was a top target for assassination.

Rhett Butler receives his award from Dr Richard Lariviere of the Field Museum.Source:

Mongabay Founder Rhett Butler Wins Top Conservation Prize bestowed by the reknowned Field Museum in Chicago, reports Jeremy Hance at Mongabay.

A Wolf’s Guenon: just one of thousands of pictures from Rhett Butler’s collection at

Mongabay is the world’s foremost website for timely reporting on what is happening to our forests and biodiversity. Included are a children’s site in almost 30 languages, and over 10,000 images of wildlife and ecosystems from Butler’s reporting trips. It attracts over 2 million visitors monthly.

Rhett Butler in some of his favorite habitat.

Butler put conservation reporting, especially in the tropics, on the map of journalism with Mongabay and the other various media outlets that he continues to create and co-found. (Does the guy ever sleep?) I’m waiting for the Pulitzer committee to take notice… Way to go, Rhett!

OO Indonesia To Verify Ownership Of 150+ Million Acres Disputed Forest Land – important, because ownership determines who is responsible for preserving these important carbon-storing systems.

OO Indonesia: Islam Could Help Save Special Sumatran Forests – with Sharia law, which prohibits the corruption that enables illegal exploitation and destruction of its forests. Indonesia is overwhelmingly Muslim.

Over 10% of the world’s old growth forests have been lost over the past dozen years. This inset of a new map shows just how much of the intact forest in a sizeable portion of the Amazon has been degraded (light green) from 2000 to 2013. Pink shows forest loss over a greater timescale. We’ve got to do better. Source: Global Forest Watch via

Every Day, the World Loses 100,000+ Acres of Forests
— Canada, Russia, Brazil Lead World In Old-Growth Forest Loss
and new maps show these last vestiges are disappearing quickly, with 250+ million acres of forests degraded since 2000, reports Morgan Erikson-Davis at Mongabay.

A logging road penetrates a supposedly protected Intact Forest Landscape in western Russia. Photo courtesy of Greenpeace.


Some of the last Siberian tigers live in Intact Forest Landscapes in western Russia.

OO Major Palm Oil Companies Buying Illegal Palm Fruit,
Despite Public Commitments Not To
– finds a new investigation. Read your food labels and keep this unhealthy, forest-destroying oil out of your diet.

Fantastic DEAL! World’s Rainforests Could Be Carbon Assessed For Under $250 Million by mapping them in 3D at high resolution by 2020, argues a new study, reports Rhett Butler at Mongabay. This would accurately assess the carbon stored above ground in these ecosystems, at a fraction of the cost for a satellite observation mission or on-the-ground sampling.

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!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this Cape Zebra I photographed recently in South Africa. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts andtexts are freely available.


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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