Logging Threatens Forests, The Human Rights Role, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Logging plans for a remote tropical island threatens the existence of this marsupial, the Woodlark Cuscus; Woodlark Island is its only home. Source: arkive.org

OO Extinction Island: Plans To Log Half A Tropical Island Threaten Many Species including ones not yet discovered.


OO ‘To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees’?
NOT, Scientists Say
in response to a bizarrely illogical NYTimes essay – and they use the author’s own data to support their argument.

OO Brazil Cancels Tapajos Dam Auction Due To Indigenous Concerns

OO The Cheap Option On Climate Change:
Recognize Indigenous Rights To Forests

Orangutans die when forests are destroyed for palm oil plantations. Rhett Butler/Mongabay

OO Palm Oil Giants Announce Deforestation Moratorium
— Effective Immediately
– although previous such commitments by such companies have not stopped the purchase of deforesting palm oil.

OO Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts To Cut
Palm Oil Linked To Deforestation
from their supply chains.


Indonesia Finally Ratifies Transboundary Haze Agreement in Asia reports Loren Bell at Mongabay, after 12 years of delay; a big move, since Indonesia has been a big source of hazardous international air pollution from 1000s of forest fires yearly. Over 1000 fires burn there right now.

OO Changing Climate Threatens Boreal Forests, a Major Part of Worldwide Forests – disrupting important fire cycles and threatening to leave behind the evergreens that now dominate it.

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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