Standing Up for Forest Homes, the Chinese Connection, and More!

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

OO Indonesia To Squander Fuel Savings On Biofuel Subsidies
That May Drive Deforestation
, say environmental groups.

YOU CAN ACT

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You cut down my home for fuel? Tell the Indonesian president here to stop this gift to the deforesting palm oil industry.

Threats:

OO New Guinea Rainforest Being Leveled For Palm Oil – revealing gaps in zero deforestation pacts.

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Many endangered chimpanzees in East Africa live in habitat threatened by oil palm expansion. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

OO Scientists Sound The Alarm On African Palm Oil Investment

OO Chinese Banks Funding Rainforest Destruction In Indonesia

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Paraguay: A traditional communal Ayoreo house that was abandoned because of bulldozing activity. Photo courtesy of Survival International.

OO Paraguay: Indigenous Communities Threatened By Deforestation,
Despite Having Land Rights

Solutions:

OO Campaign Asks Consumers To Directly Support Forest Conservation

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Maintaining healthy biodiversity could reduce the threat of disease from wild habitats worldwide, a new study indicates. Credit Gui Becker at mongabay

OO Biodiversity May Reduce The Threat Of Disease

OO Indonesian Forestry And Fishery Ministries Move To Eradicate Corruption

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Credit Tiffany Roufs at Mongabay

OO Local Technicians Effective At Forest Monitoring study finds.

Insights:

OO Brazil: Land Threatened By Dam Projects Belongs To Indigenous Munduruku Tribe – confirms the independent foundation, Funai.

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Brazil: A Munduruku indigenous native. Credit Marcio Isensee e Sá at mongabay

OO Dams Or Indigenous Land: The Battle Over The Munduruku Frontier -The Munduruku indigenous tribe are marking their land boundaries , in an action that could halt Brazil’s giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam,, which would flood this sacred land. ‘We are not leaving,’ says the village chief.

OO Selective Logging Causes Long-Term Changes To Forest Structure

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 thesegentian I photographed one summer. 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 textsare 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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