Tag Archives: deforestation

EarthTalk: How Much Old Growth Forest is Left and Alternative to Baby Bottles That Use Unsafe Chemicals

Earthtalk is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How much “old growth” forest is left in the United States and is it all protected from logging at this point? — John Foye, via e-mail As crazy as it sounds, no one really knows how much old growth is left in America’s forested …

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Foresting Degraded Land Could Meet Growing Global Energy Demand

Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.

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African Cities’ Ecological Footprint Feared Far Worse Than Measured Thus Far

A new study reveals that the carbon footprints for African cities are rapidly deteriorating because their population is growing faster than cities elsewhere in the world. Yet the ecological impact of this development is almost completely ignored because it’s hardly being documented, according to the study’s author, Joy Clancy, a Dutch scientist. “One of the most important ecological changes in Africa’s history is being …

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One Step Forward on Deforestation in Poland…But More Should Have Been Achieved

For the past week and half, climate negotiators have been trying to push forward agreement on important elements of the global efforts to address deforestation and forest degradation emissions.  We took one step forward (but unfortunately many hoped we could have taken two steps forward or more).  The draft agreement (available here) is touted as a: Deal struck on forests in climate talks by …

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Slow Progress in Poland Climate Negotiations…but Some Key Issues Emerging

The first week of the Poland Climate Negotiations has ended and progress is slow.  This isn’t a surprising outcome at this stage in negotiations.  Without the new US leadership in place and with many of the key pieces of the post-2012 international agreement likely only woven together in the “final deal” this was the anticipation as “no major breakthroughs were expected”. But, some emerging debates have …

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European Union Proposal for Addressing Global Deforestation

Cross-posted from THE ENVIRONMENTALIST. ——————– The European Commission (the Commission) just released their proposal for addressing the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.  This is the long awaited Communication on the European Union’s (EU’s) proposed position on global warming emissions from deforestation in the lead-up to the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  The lack of a specific …

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Indonesia Moves to Certify All Wood as Sustainably Derived?

This post first appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard. —————————– Interesting developments in Indonesia on the deforestation front!  An editorial in the Jakarta Post discusses a recent announcement from the Indonesian Forestry Ministry to require forest certification.  As the editorial outlines this: bold move to require forestry companies to have their wood stocks audited throughout the supply chain to ensure the wood is derived from sustainably …

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