User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
Category: Problems :: Deforestation
Last updated: Sep 22 2017 01:43 IST RSS 2.0
 
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13 storey tower built of sustainably harvested Brazilian wood 22.9.2017 TreeHugger
Brazil is often in Treehugger because of illegal logging and deforestation. Not this time.
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When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die 21.9.2017 Environmental News Network
When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.
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Chocolate lust is ruining West African rainforests 14.9.2017 TreeHugger
A report reveals that major chocolate companies buy cocoa from illegally-cleared national parks in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
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In California, conservationists face off with vineyard owners 5.9.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
It's vines versus old-growth forests, a biodiversity debate with consequences for steelhead trout, mountain lions and spotted owls.
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Healing the landscape, healing ourselves 4.9.2017 Current Issue
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Blame for wildfires gets pinned on ‘environmental extremists’ 26.8.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Montana’s lawmakers slight climate change as a main driver for the state’s blazes.
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On saving forests, the world's largest carbon sinks 12.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
Satellite data shows forests in retreat. If the carbon encased in just fir trees is released, our warming blanket of carbon dioxide would turn to an overheating quilt.
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Deforestation and Climate Disruption Are Degrading the Amazon, Endangering Our Survival 7.8.2017 Truthout.com
The Amazon Rainforest, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, is threatened by deforestation and anthropogenic climate disruption. (Photo: CIAT ; Edited: LW / TO) As human beings, our survival depends upon respecting the complexity of the Earth's ecosystems and protecting them, say the experts in Brazil tasked with protecting the Amazon rainforest from the effects of human-caused climate disruption. The Amazon is one of the most important and biodiverse ecosystems, and it is being deforested at an astonishing rate. The Amazon Rainforest, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, is threatened by deforestation and anthropogenic climate disruption. (Photo: CIAT ; Edited: LW / TO) Sao Paolo and Brasilia, Brazil -- Warwick Manfrinato, the director of Brazil's Department of Protected Areas, has a deep understanding of biological interdependence, as well as its importance. "If we are of utter service to nature, then we provide the benefits to all other living things on the planet," Manfrinato told ...
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Financial Incentives Could Conserve Tropical Forest Diversity 2.8.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
The past few decades have seen the rise of global incentive programs offering payments to landowners to help reduce tropical deforestation. Until now, assessments of these programs have largely overlooked decreases in forest diversity. In what might be a first of its kind study, University of Missouri researchers have integrated forest imaging with field-level inventories and landowner surveys to assess the impact of conservation payments in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin forests. They found that conservation payment programs are making a difference in the diversity of tree species in protected spaces. Further, the species being protected are twice as likely to be of commercial timber value and at risk of extinction.
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The McMansionization Of America's Forests Is Hurting Rural People 1.8.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
But one group is fighting to conserve working forests and keep rural economies alive.
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The World Lost a Nebraska-Sized Chunk of Forest in 2015 27.7.2017 Environmental News Network
The world lost nearly 49 million acres of forest in 2015 to logging, wildfires, palm oil plantations, and other development activity, according to new data by the conservation group Global Forest Watch. That is equal to an area roughly the size of Nebraska, Climate Central reported. 
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Time To End Subsidies That Are Destroying Forests 24.7.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Something is destroying our forests. In tropical regions alone, we lose an area of forest the size of Austria every year
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Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pa. forests 21.7.2017 Environmental News Network
Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development.The spread of invasive non-native plants could have long-term negative consequences for the forest ecosystem in a region where the ubiquitous woods provide timbering revenue, wildlife habitat and ecotourism, warns team member David Mortensen, professor of weed and applied plant ecology.
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Cash for carbon: A cost-effective way to reduce deforestation 21.7.2017 Environmental News Network
A new Northwestern University study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global strategy to fight climate change.The study, led by Seema Jayachandran, associate professor of economics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, sought to evaluate how effective “Payments for Ecosystems” (PES) is at reducing deforestation. PES is a program in which people are given financial rewards for pro-environment behaviors.
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Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk 20.7.2017 Environmental News Network
A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk published today in the journal Nature shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.
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Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year? 13.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Proposed legislation would put logging ahead of environmental concerns.
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GM, Michelin put brakes on deforestation linked to rubber 13.7.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Deforestation has accelerated in the rubber producing countries of Southeast Asia to feed global demand for tires. But Michelin and now General Motors have launched zero deforestation rubber procurement policies.
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As California Burns, Trump's Proposed Cuts To Forest Service Loom 11.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Wildfires are getting worse, but the budget for fighting them could be slashed.
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Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail 10.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
How budget cuts, a divided staff and state politics hamstrung Utah’s biggest monument.
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Utah Lawmaker Blames 'Treehuggers' And 'Rock-Lickers' For Wildfires 29.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Environmentalists say he's exploiting the blaze to "mislead the public.”
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