How Tourism Can Help Fight Climate Change, and More!

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

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Trees: Giant carbon storage creatures.

OO Scientists Seeking To Save World Find Best Technology Is Trees for sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere and storing it.

OO Communities Create Timber Company To Protect Sumatran Forest – planting, instead of logging trees, in and around villages.

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The dramatic Tongkonan houses in Sulawesi, Indonesia, are built from forest materials. Wikipedia

OO Sulawesi Communities Build Big, Unique Houses
By Sustainably Managing Forests

OO Indonesia: Despite Green Promise, Forestry Giant Destroys Forests, Peatlands – the culprit is Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL).

@@ Video: Innovative Tourism Helps Protect Forests In Amazonian Peru

OO Indonesia: Community Managed Forests Have 11 Times Lower Deforestation Rate – than land outside their borders, says a new study.

OO Scientists Warn Investors On Cacao Company’s Forest Destruction In Peru

OO Norway Asked To Divest From Forest-Destroying Company linked to a corrupt Malaysian official, who accrued wealth through destructive exploitation of Borneo forests in Sarawak.

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Papuan forests on the island of Papua New Guinea are home to Birds of Paradise that are found no where else in the world; when the forests disappear, so do the birds.Cornell Lab of Ornithology

OO Rapid Development Threatening Traditional Farms, Forests In West Papua – a system of community protected areas and family agricultural rotation that have maintained their way of life and forests’ health for time immemorial is now threatened by government-fostered development.

OO The Amazon’s Oil Boom: Concessions Cover A Chile-Sized Bloc Of Rainforest – that will be threatened by large scale destruction by a potent combo of greedy governments and companies, if the previous history of fossil fuel and resource exploitation in rainforests there are any guide.

OO World Bank’s Forest Carbon Program Falls Short on indigenous peoples’ rights, says a new report, ready to fund projects without adequate safeguards for ensuring the community rights are respected.

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 crocus I photographed one spring. 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 and texts 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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