Category: Forest Conservation

RELEASE: RAN Sells-Out Canadian Boreal Forests 24

RELEASE: RAN Sells-Out Canadian Boreal Forests

Press/Social Media Release Rainforest Action Network greenwashes destruction of half of Ontario, Canada's boreal forests; despite lack of any detail regarding vague promised protections, and without scientific findings that doing so is ecologically sufficient By Earth's Newsdesk, a...

Untouched Natural Forests Store Three Times More Carbon 17

Untouched Natural Forests Store Three Times More Carbon

An important new Australian study, reported upon in a new book entited “Green Carbon:The role of natural forests in carbon storage“, finds that “untouched natural forests store three times more carbon dioxide [ark] than previously estimated and 60...

Given Continued Inaction, Climate Future Will Be One of Hellish Wildfires 4

Given Continued Inaction, Climate Future Will Be One of Hellish Wildfires

Continued industrial forestry [search] in combination with surging greenhouse gas emissions [search] are forming a vicious cycle, whose climate/ecosystem positive feedbacks [search] are destroying more forests while releasing carbon. We know deforestation changes climate [ark | search], yet...

Carbon Forest Protection Payments: Who Gets the Check? 1

Carbon Forest Protection Payments: Who Gets the Check?

The Rights and Resources Initiative provides some interesting cautionary advice in new reports, suggesting that rushing to pay for forest protection with carbon funds (REDD) will fail unless land rights [ark] in tropical countries, where much of the...

VICTORY: EcoInternet Welcomes ANZ Bank Withdrawal from Tasmanian Pulp Mill Disaster 7

VICTORY: EcoInternet Welcomes ANZ Bank Withdrawal from Tasmanian Pulp Mill Disaster

PRESS RELEASE EcoInternet (EI) welcomes news that ANZ Bank of Australia will not fund the Gunns Tasmanian pulp mill [search]. In a statement ANZ announced it will not provide finance for the AU$ 2 billion project to pulp...

Tasmanian Pulp Mill Finance Stalled 1

Tasmanian Pulp Mill Finance Stalled

Australian media reports “Plans for Tasmania's controversial $2 billion pulp mill are dead [ark | search]… following reports the ANZ bank will pull out of funding the project.” ANZ has not yet publicly confirmed the decision, yet should...

Legal Logging Destroying the Earth’s Biodiversity, Climate, Water and Biosphere 13

Legal Logging Destroying the Earth’s Biodiversity, Climate, Water and Biosphere

It is easy to rail against “illegal” logging [search], when in fact typical “legal” commercial logging is far more extensive and destructive in total to the world's biodiversity [search], climate [search], water [search] and biosphere [search]. Both liquidate...

Greenpeace’s Inconsistent Forest/Carbon Message on Display in the Canadian Boreal 2

Greenpeace’s Inconsistent Forest/Carbon Message on Display in the Canadian Boreal

Greenpeace warns in a new report entitled “Turning Up the Heat” that industrial logging in Canada's boreal forests [ark] threatens to turn the country's vast northern forest into a source of global warming. Greenpeace-Canada diagnoses the problem —...

Planting Trees is the Easy Part 4

Planting Trees is the Easy Part

Done properly tree planting [search] is a hope filled expression of love for nature. But making a hole in the ground and dropping in the seedling is only the beginning. Nearly all planted trees require years of care including watering, weeding...

Strong Link Between Land Clearance and Climate Change Found in Queensland 2

Strong Link Between Land Clearance and Climate Change Found in Queensland

Australian land clearance causes climate changeMajor new research from Queensland, Australia “has found a direct link between land-clearing and climate change,” [ark] and that land clearing triggers hotter droughts [ark]. Areas throughout southern Queensland cleared of native vegetation were found to have lost 12 percent of their summer rainfall and to have experienced an average 2C rise in temperatures. The study found that land clearing was just as significant in terms of climate change [search] as greenhouse gas production from fossil fuels.

Should these findings hold up and are found to be generalized throughout Australia and other areas globally clearing remaining natural vegetation, it would suggest a major revision in climate change policy-making is due. It is not enough to just focus upon greenhouse gas emissions, but maintaining natural vegetation through preservation, conservation and restoration may be an equally important policy response if global heating is to stopped…  

Western Forest Fires in Line with Long-Standing Climate/Drought Predictions 0

Western Forest Fires in Line with Long-Standing Climate/Drought Predictions

Climate change and droughts cause forest firesI have resisted as long as I could pointing out the fact that Western forest fires are precisely in line with long-standing predictions regarding regional impacts of climate change [ark] [moreark] expected in West/Southwestern United States. Ecological truth must be spoken often and loudly. Of course there are other exacerbating factors that interact with global heating including poorly planned urban sprawl [search], fire suppression in wildlands [search] evolved to burn, and over use of ecosystem water [search]. But these all are exacerbated by, and pale in comparison to, well known overwhelming implications of regional climatic shifts: “The catastrophic fires that are sweeping Southern California are consistent with what climate change models have been predicting for years”…  

Bush Intensifies War on Forests, Scientific Truth Be Damned 9

Bush Intensifies War on Forests, Scientific Truth Be Damned

In a last minute effort to hand out forests to cronies before his term ends, the Bush administration has proposed eliminating protections from 1.5 million acres from Northwest forests considered critical to the survival of the northern spotted owl [search]. This will reopen the 1990s battle between timber production and wildlife habitat on public lands, and there is little reason to believe that this is scientifically justified in terms of owl habitat and forest health. This comes as the scientific basis for Bush's languishing “Healthy Forests” [search] policy of logging and replanting burned forests [more] rather than allowing them to regenerate naturally has been shown definitively to be bad science. An important new study has found that subsequent fire severity is much worse in logged and planted areas, compared to those that had burned severely and were left alone in an earlier fire. There appears to be no ecological truth (or for that matter truth of any kind) that the Bush Administration is unable to spin, twist or outright lie about. How did this man come to be trusted with the Earth's climate and America's forests? Let's hope the planet can survive another year and a half of what will certainly be renewed last minute assaults upon life giving ecosystems.  

VICTORY: U.S. Roadless Forests Sleep More Safely for Now 19

VICTORY: U.S. Roadless Forests Sleep More Safely for Now

Roadless Forest MontanaThe on again, off again, U.S. roadless forest rules of former President Clinton are back in effect. In a setback for the Bush administration, a federal judge rejected a rule that allowed logging roads in national forests' last large roadless [search] wilderness areas. Whoop, whoo – this is a major victory for the many groups working daily on this matter for years – a movement really – of which EcoInternet and our network has been a part – including generating thousands of comments in the rules original formulation. We have done at least a half dozen alerts on the matter over the past 10 years (for an oldie but goodie see this 2001 alert). EcoInternet and its predecessors including Forests.org are becoming ancient like the forests they seek to protect 😉  

U.S. Roadless Forest Assault Continues 5

U.S. Roadless Forest Assault Continues

The latest development in America's roadless forest catastrophe (search) has unfolded, as the Bush administration moves ahead with turning the fate of America's last large forest wildernesses over to states and ultimately industry cronies. It is reported that three Eastern states' petitions to continue protecting their roadless forests have been granted, in a predude to old-growth forest logging handouts in the West. Already in Oregon the Bush Forest Service continues with plans to log roadless forests that burned (more) a few years ago but are regenerating nicely and remain a large roadless wilderness, despite the state's Governor asking that logging of roadless forests end. Which is it Mr. Bush? Can states determine the fate of their forest heritage or will your government do so (as long as more logging is the guaranteed outcome).  

Forest Lands Becoming Available: Logging or Development? 3

Forest Lands Becoming Available: Logging or Development?

Numerous important forest land holdings are becoming available for purchase in the United States as logging companies realize these forests are more valuable for other purposes other than logging. The big question is whether land trusts and government...

The Truth About Salvage Logging 1

The Truth About Salvage Logging

The Bush Administration continues its disregard for peer reviewed science which has irrefutably found that salvage logging of forests post fire is ecologically damaging – hindering natural regeneration while increasing the risk of additional fires. An ecological crime...

Philippine Mudslide Is Ecosystem Collapse 2

Philippine Mudslide Is Ecosystem Collapse

All around us are indications of regional ecosystem collapse that together threaten humanity with global ecosystem collapse. The recent Philippine mudslide can be directly traced to deforestation, climate change and overpopulation. To say otherwise is to deny reality...

Bush to Double Timber Harvests 2

Bush to Double Timber Harvests

Rev up the chain saws, the Toxic Texan has renewed his war upon America's forests. A White House budget proposal released this week recommends more than doubling the annual timber harvested on public lands in Oregon, Washington and...

The Myth of Selective Logging: Carbon and Regeneration 2

The Myth of Selective Logging: Carbon and Regeneration

The American Scientist presents a good review of the science behind the environmental assessment of selective logging in ancient forests. Many important scientific and policy points are made which fly in the face of industry and mainstream environmental...

The Great Canadian Temperate Rainforest Sell-Out 14

The Great Canadian Temperate Rainforest Sell-Out

With the aid of greenwashing by the large mainstream and even “radical” environmental groups, 2/3 of Canada's ancient temperate rainforests are to be heavily industrially logged in return for vague protections in 1/3 of this planetary ecosystem treasure...

Scottish Forest Landscape Restoration a Reality 0

Scottish Forest Landscape Restoration a Reality

An important component of policy to achieve global ecological sustainability will be restoring terrestrial ecosystems. Restoration ecology goes beyond plantation reforestation, seeking to reconstruct native communities of trees – indeed constructing a new forest modeled on what occurred...

Plants Found to Release Methane 2

Plants Found to Release Methane

What to make of the recent scientific discovery that plants are a major source of methane – a particularly potent greenhouse gas? It is very important that these findings not be misconstrued to suggest that natural vegetation including...

Salvage Logging Hinders Regeneration, Increases Fire Risk, Causes Climate Change 0

Salvage Logging Hinders Regeneration, Increases Fire Risk, Causes Climate Change

I have written at length regarding how forest fires are often a natural part of forest ecology – resetting the system and providing for ecosystem renewal. And new scientific evidence establishes that logging following forest fires further damages...

Evolution Prevails Over “Intelligent Design” 0

Evolution Prevails Over “Intelligent Design”

Rational, logical Darwinian science has won out over superstitious, antiquated creationism. And in a further repudiation of “unintelligent” design, Science magazine has named recent advances in the study of Evolution the science story of the year. ?Intelligent Design'...

Deforestation Contributed to Land Slides and Deaths in Pakistan Quake Zone 0

Deforestation Contributed to Land Slides and Deaths in Pakistan Quake Zone

Environmentalists are frequently disparaged for blaming supposedly “natural disasters” as being attributed to environmental decline. In the past year I have highligted the role of coastal development and ecosystem loss as a cause for damaged done by the...

Keeping Biofuels Free from Rainforest Destruction 6

Keeping Biofuels Free from Rainforest Destruction

The issue of biofuels being made from oil palm and soya which are destructive to rainforest ecosystems is taking on a high profile in the conservation community. This issue was first raised by Forests.org and our international network...

Ill-conceived Forest Planting Could Worsen Global Warming 0

Ill-conceived Forest Planting Could Worsen Global Warming

The interplay between forests and the atmosphere is complex and largely unknown. The conventional wisdom is that planting trees is a laudable response to climate change, but it is not so simple. A new study indicates trees planted...

World Bank Threatens Congo’s Rainforests 0

World Bank Threatens Congo’s Rainforests

The World Bank is moving forward with a plan to open up the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) mighty rainforests — the world's second largest — for massive industrial felling of timber. Forests are being zoned into areas...