Keeping Carbon Stored: the Coffee Connection, Unlawful Deforestation, More!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Deforestation in Indonesia. Credit Rhett Butler at

OO Indonesia: Half Of Deforestation Occurs Outside Legal Areas – good conservation need good government enforcement to stop the ongoing high loss of forests.

OO Flores, Indonesia: Coffee Farmers Help Protect Forest

OO Indonesia: Traditional Farming Technique Preserves Soil, Forest


When palm oil plantations replace forests, orangutans die. Credit Rhett Butler at

OO Indonesia: Palm Oil Threatens Community Forest in Borneo

OO Indonesia: Borneo Community Maps Forest To Thwart Timber Companies

OO Indonesia To Weaken Peatlands Protection To Support Plantations – bad news for the world, since peat stores vast amount of carbon.

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 these wild flowers I photographed recently. 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.


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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