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Better policy and monitoring is key to managing global deforestation

Managing Deforestation Through Policy and Monitoring

When combined with the right policies, new monitoring capabilities may significantly enhance our capacity to manage forests. As an homage to the International Day of Forests on March 21, here is a review of forest management policy recommendations and new global monitoring solutions. After a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2012, the International Day of Forests was observed for…

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A well managed forest is essential for a healthy planet and sustainable future

Forest Management, Cultivation Key for Sustainability and a Healthy Planet

By Stephen Roshy Well maintained forests play a vital role in controlling and mitigating the effects of global warming. Forests not only help slow down climate change, but also provide a sustainable means of living for many living beings. Forests have a multitude of benefits that are often overlooked by many; it is more than just a wood commodity or…

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A vision for a new Earth and how to live sustainably

My Vision for the New Earth: Life in a Low Carbon Economy

By Roberta Ward Smiley Editor’s note: Roberta Ward Smiley is a colleague and the founder of La Reserva Forest Foundation in Costa Rica. You can read about the work of the Foundation on Roberta’s Forest Blog.  Climate Change Course Second Peer Assessment Essay Low Carbon Economy My gratitude to Coursera for this climate change course because it has enabled me to develop…

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Video Friday: The Nature Conservancy – Investing in Forests and Fish in Michigan’s Northern Forests

A collaborative effort between the timber industry, scientists and forest ecologists to help restore and maintain Michigan’s northern forest, a vital ecosystem for the region and the world. This Nature Conservancy video highlights the costs and benefits of forest conservation. Featured image credit: jimflix, courtesy flickr

Forests provide ecosystem services vital to all life

The Vital Role of Forests: Carbon, Rain and Food

We are coming to a better understanding of the vital role that forests play in the general health of planetary ecosystems.  However, alongside our burgeoning awareness, we are also destroying forests in our quest for more land and lumber. Deforestation is eliminating the Earth’s forests on a massive scale. Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest disappear…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Climate Change and National Security; Keeling Curve On the Brink of 400; Getting Beyond Politics Leads to Climate Action, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The US government is placing a focus on the threats of climate change to national security. If the rate and severity of natural disasters increases then a great strain will be placed on the military resources of the US. Americans don’t sit by…

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Six countries qualify for forest carbon partnership

Six Tropical Forest Countries Qualify for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Grants

Chile, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Thailand and Vanuatu all submitted REDD+ Readiness Plans, thus qualifying for $23 million in grants, indicating that progress, through slow and halting, is being made at the international level to halt deforestation, forest degradation and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.