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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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Forest Stewardship Council Sustainable Forestry Standard Comes Under Attack

The world’s leading sustainable forestry certification, that of the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC, is little more than a sham, according to an analysis from civil rights group CORE, which claims that the FSC standard results in the loss of threatened and endangered forest and species and entraps small, indigenous groups in a cycle of poverty.

EarthTalk: Rainforest Destruction and Enertia Houses

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Pinning down exact numbers is nearly impossible, but most experts agree that we are losing upwards of 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest daily, and significantly degrading another 80,000 acres every day on top of that. Along with this loss and degradation, we…

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Palm Oil Plantations And Tropical Rainforests

The inclusion of rainforests in the next climate protocol fails to protect the forests from the expansion of palm oil plantations. A study issued at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology argues that palm oil plantations are a massive danger because they already are an important driving force behind deforestation in Southeast Asia. The proportion of palm oil that goes into…

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