Category: Forest Conservation

How to Tame the Logging Beast 3

How to Tame the Logging Beast

Glen Barry: How to tame the logging beast Source: Copyright 2005, Independent Date: November 28, 2005 The enchanting cry of the bird of paradise, a refreshing swim in a cool swollen river, dozens of exotic and tasty foodstuffs...

Canada’s Boreal Forest Wilderness Highly Valuable 0

Canada’s Boreal Forest Wilderness Highly Valuable

The world's remaining large ancient forests are priceless – providing the ecosystem services, habitat, evolutionary potential and spiritual awe upon which all life depends. Sadly some people can only appreciate this tapestry of life if expressed in economic...

World Forest Loss Alarming as Deforestation Remains at High Rate 3

World Forest Loss Alarming as Deforestation Remains at High Rate

Today the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Global Forest Resources Assessment was released, finding that some 13 million hectares of mostly natural forests are destroyed each year. FAO set the net loss of forest area between 2000-2005...

Africa’s Massive Illegal Rainforest Giveaway 1

Africa’s Massive Illegal Rainforest Giveaway

The world's second largest rainforest expanse found in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatened by new illegal timber concession allocations. Nearly 150,000 square kilometers of forest (an area the size of England and Wales) have been allocated...

Conservation Refugees 2

Conservation Refugees

Here is an excellent article on the issue of indigenous peoples being removed from their lands in the name of conservation. As a conservation biologist I realize that indigeneous and local traditional livelihoods must be respected and maintained...

The End to Natural Forest Regeneration 0

The End to Natural Forest Regeneration

Many in the U.S. Congress continue to embrace the industry sponsored fraud that logging of forests is required to make them healthy. It is hard to imagine how forests survived for all those millenia pre-human industrial logging. The...

Gold’s Huge Cost to the Earth 0

Gold’s Huge Cost to the Earth

Think gold is glamerous and worldly? How about poisonous and deadly? It is unconscionable that a consumer item of no intrinsic value routinely leads to tons of land being pulverized and spewed with toxics to yield an ounce...

New Science Indicates Selective Logging of Amazon Highly Destructive 5

New Science Indicates Selective Logging of Amazon Highly Destructive

PRESS RELEASE New Science Indicates Selective Logging of Amazon Highly Destructive Forests.org calls upon mainstream environmental organizations and funders to heed this warning and embrace the goal of ending old-growth logging in all ancient forests October 20, 2005...

Responding to Greenpeace’s Acknowledgement of Ancient Forest Logging Complicity 5

Responding to Greenpeace’s Acknowledgement of Ancient Forest Logging Complicity

In response to our network's unprecedented expression of dismay over the Internet to fellow conservationists that are deeply involved in the promotion of industrial certified forest logging, Greenpeace Canada has issued this response http://www.ecoearth.info/talk/viewtopic.php?p=1983#1983 which was probably sent...

Amazon May Be a Carbon Source 3

Amazon May Be a Carbon Source

Deforestation and Climate Change Feedbacks Set In The Amazon rainforest region is suffering a severe drought highly likely to have been caused or at least exacerbated by rainforest loss and climate change. This is a very severe drought,...

Grains: food or fuel 4

Grains: food or fuel

Legitimate questions are being asked regarding biofuel production from agricultural products – namely, whether the production of biofuels will result in higher food prices. And as any first year economics student can tell you, of course it will...

Canada’s Wilderness and Earth’s Atmosphere Victim to Oil Sands 10

Canada’s Wilderness and Earth’s Atmosphere Victim to Oil Sands

Development of oil sands in northern Alberta is just beginning to ramp up with predictable dire consequences for Canada's forest landscapes and the Earth's atmosphere. Oil sands are one of several possible unconventional oil and gas sources (others...

U.S. Courts American Forests’ Last Defense 0

U.S. Courts American Forests’ Last Defense

The U.S. Forest Service's efforts to restrict public input has been stymied by a judge's ruling throwing out limits on the public's right to participate in forest decisions. In an act of petulance, they are stopping hundreds of...

Europe’s Killer Heatwave Damages Forests 1

Europe’s Killer Heatwave Damages Forests

Anyone who spends time outdoors or is reasonably in touch with nature can tell you that climate is changing, and rapidly. The signs are all around us. In 2003 Europe experienced a heatwave that most blame upon climate...

Gutting Endangered Species Protection 0

Gutting Endangered Species Protection

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking to fast track a major gutting of the Endangered Species Act. Their bill would make it more difficult for the federal government to set aside land it deems crucial...

Failed BC Compromise Shows Need for No More Ancient Forest Logging 6

Failed BC Compromise Shows Need for No More Ancient Forest Logging

The following intriguing article questions the effectiveness of agreements reached between environmentalists and Canada's provincial British Columbia (BC) government to protect priceless temperate rainforest wildernesses including the Great Bear Rainforest. Covering some 20 million acres of endangered temperate...

World Bank Warns on Resource Depletion 1

World Bank Warns on Resource Depletion

The World Bank has issued a warning regarding resource depletion in poor, developing countries. According to a new World Bank study, resource depletion and surging population growth are draining the net “savings” of the world's poorest countries and...

VICTORY: Hawaiian Rainforest Protected After Long Struggle 2

VICTORY: Hawaiian Rainforest Protected After Long Struggle

After a twenty year struggle that included peaceful protests and arrests, nearly 26,000 acres of Hawaii's natural rainforests have been protected. Wao Kele is the largest remaining intact tract of Hawaiian rain forest, and it had been threatened...

A Healthier Amazon Jungle 1

A Healthier Amazon Jungle

The New York Times today editorialized regarding Brazil's apparent short term progress in slowing the rate of Amazonian deforestion. In “A Healthier Amazon Jungle” they do a good job of reviewing the salient points. Namely, that deforestation rates...

Debate Over Biodiversity Hotspots 0

Debate Over Biodiversity Hotspots

Some conservationists have argued that biodiversity conservation resources should be targeted towards “hotspots” – areas where species' diversity is greater than normal. Others have argued for a different focus, such as upon areas faced with imminent destruction, large...

Enough Forest Destruction, Protect Roadless Forests 1

Enough Forest Destruction, Protect Roadless Forests

Since President Bush election he has waged an unprecedented assault on the natural environment, particularly forests, greatly decreasing the nation's ecosystems which are critical for averting natural disasters. The Bush administration has weakened protections for old-growth forests and...

VICTORY: Reprieve for Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park as Oil Road Halted 3

VICTORY: Reprieve for Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park as Oil Road Halted

In a major victory for the international rainforest conservation movement, the Ecuadorian government has temporarily halted a Brazilian oil company's building of an access road into Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve located in the heart of the...

Indonesian Peat Rainforest Development and Global Warming 3

Indonesian Peat Rainforest Development and Global Warming

Burning peat bogs set alight by rainforest clearance in Indonesia are releasing up to a seventh of the world's total fossil fuel emissions in a single year. Time and time again lack of ecological understanding, and the desire...

Brazil Claims Amazon Deforestation ‘Halved’ 1

Brazil Claims Amazon Deforestation ‘Halved’

The Brazilian government has announced that the rate of Amazonian deforestation has been halved (2)over the past year – from some 18,000 sq km to 9,000 sq km – due to recent policy initiatives on their part, including...

Brazilian Rainforest Hammered by Agri-Business for Export 1

Brazilian Rainforest Hammered by Agri-Business for Export

The Brazilian Amazon is severely threatened by a surge in massive agricultural projects. The trend is so significant that the Brazilian Amazon will soon exist as only relatively small protected areas and areas unsuitable for agriculture. This is...