Storing Carbon: The Deforestation Cookie Connection, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Harrison Ford checks products for palm oil. He won’t buy any containing it, because producing palm oil is causing major deforestation. Will you do the same?

OO Connecting The Dots: From Christmas Cookies To Climate Change


TJ’s Dark Star – My mouth waters at contemplating this, but I have given up buying or eating them these past few years, because they contain palm oil. Want to mount a campaign to ask TJs to mend their ways? Use your purchasing to send a powerful message to companies: if you turn a blind eye to deforestation, we won’t buy your products! As our favorite action hero reminds us: if we all are to survive and thrive, we need to give nature a chance.

OO 300+ Million Acres Of Degraded Lands Identified For More Agriculture
That Won’t Harm Tropical Forests

OO Deforestation Impacts On Amazonian River
Ecosystems Could Be Far-Reaching
– lessening their ability to support life.

OO Tropical Rainforests Not Absorbing As Much Carbon As Expected from heightened carbon dioxide levels, scientists say.

Tropical peat swamps are the cheapest way to store the most carbon, and are home to beautiful endangered animals, such as Sumatran tigers.

OO Amazonian Peatlands Store Mega Carbon – says a new study: 10 times more than undisturbed rainforest — so their preservation is critical in fighting climate change.

OO Forests Could Be A Thrifty Way To Fight Ozone Pollution

OO New Mapping Technique Sheds Light On Dry Forests

Endemic, sometimes endangered birds in Camaroon are being threatened by deforestation.
Ondrej Sedlacek at

OO Deforestation Taking Toll On Nesting Birds In Cameroon

OO Hunting Is A Greater Threat Than Logging For Most Wildlife In Borneo

When forests disappear in Indonesia, orangutans die.Source:

OO Palm Oil Helpss Large-Scale Illegal Logging In Indonesia providing cover for the logging.

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.


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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