Category: Forest Conservation

Ecosystems Threatened Across East Africa The greater Kilimanjaro ecosystem is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. As the snows, glaciers and rains retreat, millions of lives and the future of nations hang in the balance. A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme says that protecting East Africa’s mountain ecosystems would safeguard the region’s […]

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Forest Conservation and Carbon Capture Trees and forests can capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, return the oxygen to the atmosphere and store the carbon for centuries. Deforestation is disrupting this vital system, while contributing to global warming and climate change. Trees and forests can absorb some of the carbon dioxide that we all produce in our […]

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Forest Conservation Can Mitigate Climate Change Ecosystems around the world are under assault like never before. The collapse of any ecosystem impacts life around the world–especially when the ecosystem is an anchor in Africa’s greenbelt. The greater Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania and Kenya is one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Millions of people and […]

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Technology Expedites Slashing, Burning Of Rainforests The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period. That previous estimate, from the U.N.’s Food […]

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Sustainability Label Bought Not Earned The sustainable palm oil industry is destroying biodiversity at the speed of light. In a rush to greenwash the industry, biodiversity is being crushed and pushed toward extinction. The culprits then offset the death and destruction with a token green project somewhere else around the world. Companies like Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, […]

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Privatizing Natural Resources A Global Threat “If they’re well-managed and well-financed, protected areas are incredible for wildlife conservation.” James Watson of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Queensland in Australia. He and colleagues analyzed protected land and sea regions worldwide. They published their findings in the journal Nature. “From tiger conservation in India to […]

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Biodiversity Threatened By Sustainable Palm Oil By Calen May-Tobin, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative The word “manifesto” rarely conjures up positive connotations. That word brings to my mind Karl Marx’s famous tome, at best, and, at worst, images of a bearded man in a remote cabin. Regardless, it’s a word most often associated with people or […]

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Entire Ecosystems On verge Of Collapse “We’re continuing to lose forests at a stunning rate,” said Nigel Sizer, director of the forests program at the World Resources Institute in Washington.  “At the rate of 50 soccer fields a minute, every minute, every day, every year.” Sizer can rattle off these figures because he’s been watching deforestation happen […]

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Reformed Logging Laws Promote Deforestation Dalton Valeriano rolled into Brazil’s space agency in frayed jeans and a casual blue polo around 10 a.m. After a few pleasantries he sat me down in a small conference room and set the stage for the project that has consumed his life for more than a decade. “The whole […]

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More Than 100 Million New Trees Planned Reforestation is one of the few proven carbon capture solutions available today. Thanks to our partners in East Africa, we have one of the largest carbon capture opportunities in the world and it’s ready to begin immediately. With the help of foundations, corporations, governments, NGOs and donors, we can conserve […]

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