Tag: orangutans

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: Thursday, September 12

Written by | September 12th, 2013

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Newly discovered fresh water, trip-planning orangutans and a deadly molasses spill, all in today’s green news.

  1. Trying to get your kids outside more? Maybe you need to turn back the tech clock like these parents did… (MNN)
  2. Huge supplies of fresh water were just discovered in a drought-plagued region of Kenya. (New York Times)
  3. Worried about your travel carbon footprint? Try choosing smaller airlines. (Grist)
  4. Smart monkeys: Orangutans plan their travel routes ahead of time. (LA Times)
  5. Huge molasses spill in Hawai’i kills fish, could attract sharks. (Fox News)

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Written by | August 16th, 2013

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Orangutans are in trouble because their habitat is diminishing at an unsustainable rate. This World Orangutan Day, we take a look at their plight.

Resolutions for Rainforests

Written by | January 3rd, 2013

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Jack Hurd makes some New Year’s resolutions for 2013 and introduces a fun new infographic that explains how individuals can help save Asia-Pacific’s forests.

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, December 6

Written by | December 6th, 2012

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Alright, listen: The world is not going to end this month–but it looks like the sky will fall.

  1. Good news for skygazers: Many experts predict the sky will be raining meteors this month. (MNN)
  2. Rainforests are being burned for palm oil, destroying rare orangutan habitat and exacerbating climate change. (Scientific American)
  3. Ecodiplomacy: U.S. Embassies around the world are working to conserve energy and water in host nations. (Green)
  4. Strange, beautiful and unexpected: See planned cities from space. (Wired)
  5. Apparently that horror movie The Fog was a forewarning: Scientists have discovered mercury in cloud banks. (National Geographic)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, November 20

Written by | November 20th, 2012

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Apes, owls and global warming — we cover it all and more in today’s green news roundup.

  1. Feeling blue? Chimps and orangutans have midlife crises, too. (National Geographic)
  2. Greenhouse gas levels at an all-time high. Sigh. (Bloomberg)
  3. Are these animals too ugly to be saved? (BBC)
  4. Researchers study owls for clues to reducing aircraft noise. (Geekosystem)
  5. If temperatures rise 4-degrees Celsius, what would the world look like? (Mongabay)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, October 10

Written by | October 10th, 2012

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Ski season is upon us – who’s ready to ski on some sewage?

  1. An Arizona ski resort will be the first to make artificial snow from sewage; effluent ready to be sprayed by Thanksgiving. (Green)
  2. Scientists in California want to restore an inland delta, but there’s a problem: no one knows what it used to look like. (NPR)
  3. Want to feel good about playing video games? How about gaming for Rainforests! (Mongabay)
  4. If we classify snow leopards as “domesticated” will that save them? One expert says yes. (National Geographic)
  5. Mom and baby orangutans were relocated and saved from starvation in Sumatra. (Huffington Post)

Striking a Balance for Forests, from the Boreal to Borneo

Written by | July 20th, 2011

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Saving the world’s forests, and the species that depend on them, is very much like having relatives over for Thanksgiving dinner. The Conservancy’s Jack Hurd explains.

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, June 29

Written by | June 29th, 2011

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These kids make me feel inadequate and hopeful at the same time:

  1. Meet 6 child environmentalists that have already changed the world. (Treehugger)
  2. Researchers believe that happy orangutans are more likely to live longer lives. (BBC)
  3. New evidence suggests the pace of the last great global warming paled in comparison to today’s. (Scientific American)
  4. Two bat species could be wiped out by white-nose syndrome. (Huffington Post Green)
  5. The Tasmanian devil’s genome has been mapped to help fight a contagious cancer. (Wired)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, February 18

Written by | February 18th, 2011

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Before you start your 3-day weekend check out these 5 cool links:

  1. “Toxic avenger” fish have adapted to survive in horribly polluted waters. (NPR)
  2. Before you open that new box of Tagalongs: Are Girl Scout cookies killing orangutans? (Grist)
  3. Biodiversity in the Grand Canyon is being threatened by demand for uranium. (Guardian Eco)
  4. A tiny island’s invasive “killing machine” has finally been captured. (Treehugger)
  5. Go inside the mystery of the missing moon trees. (Wired Science)
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