Tag Archives: deforestation

Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

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Prince Ea Deforestation: Sorry… Or Not. It’s Up to Us

Prince Ea raises awareness about deforestation in support of Stand for Trees

St. Louis-based rapper Prince Ea is an artist that understands the power of narrative to propel change. As of this writing, his Earth Day video has been viewed more than 33 million times on Facebook alone. His rapped words cut like a knife. Unless we choose to ignore then, we are obliged to make a choice. Inspired by a recent trip to Kenya and the …

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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.

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First High-Fidelity Maps of Carbon Stocks in Mexico, Peru

Researchers and governments in Mexico and Peru collaborated to produce quickly and cheaply produce national inventories of carbon stocks that could prove invaluable to reducing deforestation and carbon emissions, and charting sustainable development pathways.

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Managing Deforestation Through Policy and Monitoring

Better policy and monitoring is key to managing global deforestation

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 the first time in …

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Forest Management, Cultivation Key for Sustainability and a Healthy Planet

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

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 natural beauty (though natural …

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The Vital Role of Forests: Carbon, Rain and Food

Forests provide ecosystem services vital to all life

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 and another 80,000 acres …

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