Category: Forest Conservation

biodiversity and endangered species

Colorado Company Reforesting Tanzania Just as Colorado is reeling from the most devastating flood in state history, a Colorado company is finalizing plans to combat climate change from a location around the globe. Sacred Seedlings, a division of Earth Tones, Inc. has formed a partnership with the Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania to plant millions of trees […]

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health and sustainability

Wounded Elephants Find Peace There are two dozen of us bathing elephants in the silty river. Some young Canadian women, on break from nursing school, take turns photographing each other wading into the current with the five chang, the Thai word for elephant. Farther down the bank, an Irishman who forgot his swimsuit and can’t […]

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biodiversity and endangered species

RSPO Label Bought Not Earned Hundreds of hectares of rainforest and tiger habitat protected under the Indonesian government’s moratorium have been destroyed, revealed Greenpeace International, following an investigation into Duta Palma, a notorious Indonesian palm oil producer  and member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Oil (RSPO). Duta Palma has a long history of deforestation, community conflict, illegality, […]

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biodiversity and endangered species

Deforestation Kills Endangered Species Industrial cultivation of palm oil is destroying millions of acres of virgin rainforest around the world. The destructive practice is destroying biodiversity and life as we know it. In Southeast Asia, orangutans, tigers, elephants and villagers are caught in the crossfire. Now the deadly industry is cutting swaths across South America […]

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health and sustainability

Rainforests Destroyed Palm oil is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, it contributes to the economic development of the producing countries and to the deadly diets of millions of people around the world. In fact palm oil can be found in a huge percentage of everyday supermarket products. Oil palms are highly efficient […]

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health and sustainability

Earth Volunteers Wanted Since 1971, EarthWatch has sent more than 32,000 of its EarthCorps volunteers to assist scientists and scholars who are researching critical environmental issues. For travelers looking for more than just a regular vacation, an eco-trip such as this might be just the thing. This year alone, the nonprofit organization will send more […]

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health and sustainability

Paper Recycling Makes Dollars and Sense In 1976, Alan Davis wanted to print an annual report on recycled paper, but had a difficult time finding a supply of it. So he switched careers and started a recycled paper company. Today, the Conservatree Paper Co. is the country’s only paper wholesaler to distribute strictly recycled paper. […]

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health and sustainability

Save The Rainforest Some people proudly wear buttons proclaiming, “Save the Rainforest.” Now they can also wear buttons that actually do help save the rainforest. Thanks to an ongoing program that links human needs with conservation practices, tagua nuts from South American rainforests are being used to make ivory-like buttons for more than 30 clothing […]

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health and sustainability

Sustainable Forestry In an effort to create a “good-forest-keeping seal,” a nonprofit institute in northern California has developed a system to identify lumber harvested in an ecologically sound manner. The labeling program calls for land owners and logging operations to follow 10 elements of sustainability in harvesting their forests. To receive a seal of approval, […]

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health and sustainability

Recycled Paper Saving Forests The first ever “tree clause” in a book contract allows environmentally minded authors to symbolically replace the trees used in the printing of their works. Harper & Row in San Francisco developed the clause at the request of Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead music group, for his book, Drumming […]

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