Keeping Carbon Stored: Deforestation Helps Spread Ebola, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

The Amazonian forest.
CIFOR at Flickr

Brazil Killing Its Golden Green Goose

Even as Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, is running dry from an exceptional drought, – induced in part by vanishing national forests and by climate change, worsened by their disappearance – Brazil creates new forest-destroying lawsallowing mining to displace forests,
and revokes forest protections on previously protected areas.

rainforest, I am the rainforest, ccr 250

Watch Kevin Spacey is the Rainforest ! Mesmerizing!

Meanwhile, the Amazonian rainforest is getting drier yet another studyconfirms.

@@ Using Forests Sustainably: the Guna Model, Panama

OO Pesticides Harming Bumblebees’ Ability To Pollinate Plants, Forests

OO Fashion Industry Continues Cutting Deforestation From Clothing

Credit Bruce Stambaugh
Buying used items saves money, forests, and often results in treasures, as the Antiques Roadshow often illustrates.

OO Global Forests Threatened by Soaring Industry of Dissolving Pulp
Used For New Clothing
– a great reason to not buy new clothing, especially when so many alternatives exist: consignment shops, thrift shops, yard sales, flea markets, online auctions, personal clothes swaps….

OO Indonesia: Govt Policy Places Companies Over Forest Communities

OO Destroyed Habitat, Fewer Resources, Ebola:
The Many Repercussions Of Liberia’s Deforestation
– intact forests keep ebola bearing animals from interacting with people, as they do when displaced from deforestation.

Monika Betley at Wikipedia Commons

OO Tigers Vs. Diamonds: India’s Protected Areas Rampantly Downgraded
To Make Room For People, Industry

OO World’s Protected Areas May Relax, Shrink –
Even Completely Disappear!
says a new report.

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.

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.


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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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