Palm Oil Deforestation Invades the Amazon, and More!

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

Threats:

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Palm oil plantations eat away at forests in Borneo. Source: Mongabay.com

OO Palm Oil Deforestation Spreads to the Amazon —

Peru: Palm Oil Firms Plan To Destroy 57,000 Acres Of Primary Forest – after deforesting much of southeast Asia, palm oil cultivation is now starting in the Amazon.

OO Humans Cause Erosion 100 Times Faster Than Normal – via deforestation and agriculture, shows a study on the southeastern US.

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Milton’s Titi monkeys are a newly discovered and threatened species with flaming sideburns and tail. Credit J. Dalponte

OO Newly Described Monkey Species Found In Threatened Amazon Forest

OO Madagascar’s Frog Haven: Rich, Underexplored, Threatened – on an overpopulated island that has lost most of its forests, and continues to lose more.

OO Somali Charcoal: Funding Terrorism Through Deforestation

Solutions:

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When Borneo forests are protected from development, so are their orangutans.Source National Science Foundation

OO Borneo: East Kalimantan Reaffirms Moratorium On New Mining, Logging

OO 3M Unfolds New Policy to Reduce Its Deforestation Impact

OO Researchers, Locals Work Together To Save Ethiopia’s ‘Church Forests’

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Africa’s iconic baobob trees are endangered by the demand for firewood. Credit Kjdhambuza at Wikimedia Commons

OO Firewood Fervor May Turn Zimbabwe Into An ‘Outright Desert’ says a new study.

OO Colombia Proposes Protected Corridor Across South America

OO Employing Shame For Environmental Change – a new book explores another–arguably more positive–side of shame: its potential to challenge rule-breaking and ethically-defunct corporations.

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 protea I photographed last 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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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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