Category: Forest Conservation

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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Deforestation Kills More Than Trees 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 […]

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Rainforests Destroyed To Make Palm Oil Plantations 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 every day […]

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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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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, the affected […]

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

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Book Benefits Endangered Species  Chandler, a public affairs and marketing consultant in Denver just published the second edition of the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Chandler will use the book as a platform to help Indonesia develop more ecotourism opportunities, which can help the local populations preserve the rainforest, while discouraging illegal wildlife poaching, […]

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Sustainable Forestry Imperative When a tree falls in the rainforest, good things can start to happen. Since the 1970s, Dr. Gary Hartshorn has studied how natural tree falls create openings or gaps in the rainforest canopy and allow for the regeneration of native trees. “Initially, I was surprised by the results,” he said. “They indicated […]

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A Christmas Tree For Replanting New Mexico is setting an environmental example while putting a new twist on the nation’s Christmas tree this holiday season. In the past, Christmas trees displayed at the U.S. Capitol have all been cut. But this year, New Mexico carefully removed a 60-foot spruce tree for transport to Washington, D.C. […]

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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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