Keeping Carbon Stored: The Palm Oil Ebola Connection, and More!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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Logging is widespread in Peninsula Malaysia, and in Malaysian Sarawak on Borneo Island.

OO High Deforestation Rates In Malaysian States Hit By Flooding

OO Sarawak Malaysia May Stop New Logging
After Much Deforestation And Corruption

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OO Amazon Gold Rush Destroying Huge Swaths Of Rainforest

OO Deforestation Climbing – Along With Fears – In The Amazon

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The real price of that steak dinner? More climate change, and threats to your health. Try something deliciously green next time! Wikipedia.

OO Global Warming Driver: Rising Meat Consumption
Pushes Farming Past Deforestation
– says a new study.

OO Sulawesi Village Seeks Protection For Sacred Forest
Threatened By Development – it supplies their water and, yes, store lots of carbon.

OO Palm Oil Expansion May Play Role In The Ebola Crisis – as expansion into forests increases likelihood of transmission from wildlife to humans.

Good Conservation Ideas:

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Courtesy Tim Kovar in the Portland Tribune

OO Tree Climbing As A Tool To Build Respect For Forests

OO Sulawesi, Indonesia: Farmers Help Restore Degraded Forests

OO Community Forest Management Attracts International Attention
In Sulawesi, Indonesia

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 WordPress.com 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 stinging plant flower I photographed in Chile. 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.

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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 in 2016!) 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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