Category: Forests

One Billion Trees: Expanding Global Forest Conservation

Written by | April 28th, 2014

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One billion trees. No doubt about it: that’s a lot of trees to plant. But the Earth’s forests are being cut and cleared at a rapid rate. Bill Toomey explains a major campaign to help restore those forests — and how you can help.

Orang You Glad Your Chair is from a Sustainable Source?

Written by | January 31st, 2014

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More than half of the wood products consumed in major markets come from somewhere else. In 2010, the United States was the top buyer of wood furniture from the Asia Pacific region. That might just include your favorite chair.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 28

Written by | January 28th, 2014

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In today’s green news, a glimpse into ancient forest management and bad news for the big fish and the small fish.

  1. Warmer seas are causing species of fish to mature earlier, stunting their maximum length by up to 29% in the North Sea (The Guardian)
  2. Indigenous peoples have been carefully managed the rainforests of Asia for 11,000 years by seamlessly clearing pockets of vegetation for agriculture, new findings reveal. (Mongabay)
  3. A large shark was killed off the coast of Western Australia, the first to be connected to a new shark cull that was put into place to prevent human fatalities. (CNN)

 

 

 

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 15

Written by | January 15th, 2014

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Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.

  1. A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.  (Sightline Daily)
  2. A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime.  What are the implications in terms of the techniques we use to capture carbon using forests?  (The Guardian)
  3. The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts.  Scientists seek to solve this mystery.  (Earth Island Journal)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 14

Written by | January 14th, 2014

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Emperor penguins are climbing cliffs to avoid climate change and forest elephants are making it rain in today’s #greennews.

  1. Four colonies of iconic emperor penguins were spotted climbing cliffs to avoid increasingly rampant ice melt. (Mother Nature Network
  2. Tropical forests play a large role in precipitation around the world and in Congo, they’re bolstered by the eating & excreting of the forest elephant. (BBC)
  3. A recent MIT study projects that 52% of the world’s population in 2050 will live in water-stressed areas. (Treehugger)

The Green Buzz: Friday, November 15

Written by | November 15th, 2013

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Today we’re getting a new perspective on deforestation. Find out why in today’s Green Buzz.

  1. Google Earth reveals an incredible (yet heart breaking) high-resolution deforestation map. (TreeHugger)
  2. Coming soon: forecasting wildfires like the weather. (Discovery News)
  3. Japan, the world’s fifth largest producer of CO2, waters down it emissions goal. (Bloomberg)
  4. See six of the world’s most irreplaceable places. (National Geographic)
  5. Rare Asian unicorn caught on camera for the first time in 15 years. (CNN)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, September 17

Written by | September 17th, 2013

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A story on pollution told by…ear wax? Read on, conservation-concerned, and learn more in today’s green news.

  1. Like star-gazing? There are four sky events this week, so grab that blanket and look up! (National Geographic)
  2. There’s a new world map in town, and it shows areas that are most susceptible to climate change. (International Business Times)
  3. How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never, which is why ear wax turns out to be a great indicator of contaminants in the ocean. (NPR)
  4. Woodpeckers are proving to be an admirable adversary to the invasive emerald ash borer. (MNN)
  5. Small animals perceive time as though it’s passing in slow motion, says a new study. (BBC News)

Burning Through Vacation Days

Written by | September 11th, 2013

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Wisconsin Land Manager Eric Mark recently spent his vacation days in Northern California volunteering on a crew to fight the massive wildfire that’s still raging.

Harley-Davidson a New Partner in Conservation

Written by | August 26th, 2013

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What does a conservationist look like? Many wear motorcycle helmets, as proven by the new partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Harley-Davidson.

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 26

Written by | August 26th, 2013

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Cooking in your dishwasher? Disappearing beaches? It’s all in today’s green news.

  1. No more federal funds means endangered desert tortoises at a nature center must be euthanized. (Spokesman-Review)
  2. Air-tight food containers or canning jars + food + dishwasher = eco-friendly, efficient dishwasher cuisine. (NPR)
  3. Scientists have found the source of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish — and they say levels will only get higher. (US News and World Report)
  4. Yosemite’s Rim Fire is moving closer and a history of natural fire suppression isn’t helping. (National Geographic)
  5. As Florida beaches erode, sand is getting harder and harder to find. (The New York Times)
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