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Giving thanks for four decades of protecting turkeys 21.11.2017 TreeHugger
The wild turkey is one of the most enduring symbols of Thanksgiving – but you may not know how close we’ve all come to losing these birds. As recently as 1973, there were only about 1.5 million wild turkeys in all of North America.
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Open Government Reforms Accelerate Action on Climate and Sustainable Development 21.11.2017 WRI Stories
Open Government Reforms Accelerate Action on Climate and Sustainable Development Comments|Add Comment|PrintOpen government makes it easier for Costa Ricans to participate in decisionmaking. Flickr/WRI People around the world are contending with impacts long predicted to arise from climate change: monster hurricanes, deadly droughts and unprecedented flooding. This year's spate of climate-related disasters unraveled hard-won development gains and underscored the urgent need to deliver the Paris... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Part II:  Amazon Hydroelectrics, the UN Climate Treaty and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – will greed and corruption derail the international climate negotiations? 9.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Steve Schwartzman Santo Antônio Dam under construction in the state of Rondônia, Brazil, 2009 | Photo: Wiki Commons Brazil’s climate change negotiators are trying to throw the best hope for at-scale finance for stopping deforestation under the bus to ensure a big payday for bogus carbon credits from Amazon dams and other Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects  — benefitting the scandal-plagued national power company Eletrobrás at the expense of the Amazon. (See EDF and Brazilian partners report .) There are far better ways to combat climate change. A Better Mousetrap One of the best examples of how to do it, ironically, is what Brazil and Amazon states have actually done in reducing Amazon deforestation since 2004. Government ramped up enforcement, recognized indigenous territories and protected forests for other communities, and consumer goods companies like Walmart told their suppliers they needed zero-deforestation commodities. The result was a 70% reduction in deforestation by 2016 that kept ...
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Forests Deserve More Respect When It Comes to Climate Action 7.11.2017 WRI Stories
Forests Deserve More Respect When It Comes to Climate Action Comments|Add Comment|PrintForests are vital to climate action. Flickr/Kohei314 Like the deadpan comic Rodney Dangerfield, forests "don't get no respect" when it comes to their potential as a solution to climate change. A decade after tropical forests entered international climate negotiations, people now understand that losing trees to deforestation or degradation contributes to emissions, and they know more trees means more carbon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
Protecting 'High Carbon' Rainforests Also Protects Threatened Wildlife 6.11.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Conservation efforts focused on protecting forests using carbon-based policies also benefit mammal diversity, new research at Kent has found.
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What's the best way to build in wood? 6.11.2017 TreeHugger
In some cases, cross-laminated timber and robotic wood frame can both do the same job. Which should you choose?
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The Energy 202: Mining agency hopes you read its website to comment on deregulation 2.11.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Don't go looking in the federal register.
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How will forests be on the “menu” at UN Bonn climate talks? 2.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Chris Meyer The 2017 UN climate talks will take place from November 6 to 17 in Bonn, Germany | Photo: Pixabay This year’s global climate conference (COP23) is upon us and will be an interesting mix of Fijian diplomacy and Kölsch beer. As I do every year, in this year’s pre-COP blog I lay out what will be happening during the COP related to REDD+ in the negotiations and what I hope to hear about in the hallways and many side events. The COP23 conference is expected to be a working COP as parties make the necessary progress in rule writing to meet the 2018 deadline of a final rulebook. There will also be a lot of news about non-state actors – the private sector, states like California, and other non-federal entities – being discussed as a reaction to Trump’s reckless decision to leave the Paris Agreement. For a good overview of how we are doing in with respect to the climate change and forest sector, I suggest reading this year’s New York Declaration on Forests report . It includes a good review on ...
GOP bill aims to speed logging to combat wildfires 2.11.2017 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for logging and other actions in national forests in response to deadly wildfires in the West....
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Closing Data Gaps to Eliminate Deforestation and Land Disputes from Beef Supply Chains in Paraguay 2.11.2017 WRI Stories
Closing Data Gaps to Eliminate Deforestation and Land Disputes from Beef Supply Chains in Paraguay Comments|Add Comment|PrintCows in the Paraguayan Chaco. Flickr/Arcadius. In the last 15 years, Paraguay lost a greater share of its forest than almost any other country on Earth. While soy farming once drove deforestation in the east, the focus of Paraguay's forest loss has since moved west to the low-lying, thorn-forested Chaco, where cattle ranching has claimed over 3.7 million hectares (9... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Palm oil problem continues to plague big candy-makers 30.10.2017 TreeHugger
Hershey's, Nestle and Mars have not kept their promises when it comes to sourcing non-conflict palm oil.
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GOP targets environmental rules after wildfires 27.10.2017 AP Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires in California....
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Deforestation linked to palm oil production is making Indonesia warmer 26.10.2017 Environmental News Network
In the past decades, large areas of forest in Sumatra, Indonesia have been replaced by cash crops like oil palm and rubber plantations. New research, published in the European Geosciences Union journal Biogeosciences, shows that these changes in land use increase temperatures in the region. The added warming could affect plants and animals and make parts of the country more vulnerable to wildfires.
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The Myth of the Managed Wildfire: How US Forest Service Policies Perpetuate Deadly Wildfires 26.10.2017 Truthout.com
The idea that wildfires can be controlled is a dangerous and costly myth, promoted in large part by the timber industry, which views wildfires as a waste of economic resources, not the forest's way of rejuvenating itself. Ecologically speaking, fighting wildfires makes about as much sense as fighting hurricanes, yet we spend nearly $3 billion annually on the effort. Tanker helicopters fight a wildfire on October 16, 2017, in Oakville, California. At least 40 people were killed with many are still missing, and at least 5,700 buildings have been destroyed since wildfires broke out a week ago. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images) Research is clear  that the wildfires the US experienced this year are more widespread and increasingly intense as our climate heats up. Consistent with the US government's head-in-the-sand approach to the climate crisis generally, our national wildfire "management" policy flies in the face of science and reason. If we don't learn to adapt to climate change's growing coastal ...
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It's coffee harvest and festival time on Hawaii Island. Get ready to savor a cuppa 26.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Coffee farmers on Hawaii Island come together each November for the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, a celebration of the harvest of the bright red “cherries” that contain prized coffee beans.

True coffee aficionados can sample the brews of Hawaii Island’s coffee producers from Nov. 3 to 12. Events...

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Deforestation Linked to Palm Oil Production is Making Indonesia Warmer 25.10.2017 Environmental News Network
In the past decades, large areas of forest in Sumatra, Indonesia have been replaced by cash crops like oil palm and rubber plantations. New research, published in the European Geosciences Union journal Biogeosciences, shows that these changes in land use increase temperatures in the region. The added warming could affect plants and animals and make parts of the country more vulnerable to wildfires.
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Global Tree Cover Loss Rose 51 Percent in 2016 23.10.2017 WRI Stories
Global Tree Cover Loss Rose 51 Percent in 2016 Comments|Add Comment|PrintTree cover loss is on the rise. Flickr/CIFOR Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares (73.4 million acres) in 2016, according to new data from the University of Maryland released today on Global Forest Watch. The loss is 51 percent higher than the previous year, totaling an area about the size of New Zealand. Forest fires seem to be a primary cause of this year's spike, including dramatic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Why architects and designers have to choose woods responsibly 23.10.2017 TreeHugger
Grace Jeffers explains that while trees are renewable, forests are not.
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Bipartisan senate bill would authorize $100 million to help prevent Western wildfires 20.10.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires.
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Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires 20.10.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires....
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