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Tropical Hardwood Forests At Risk

The ECOreport republishes new of a study showing Tropical Hardwood Forests at risk of eradication

Originally Published on University of East Anglia News

Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these sources of timber are far from sustainable or entirely environmentally friendly. A study published today in PLOS ONE reveals that once prime tropical hardwoods – such as Brazilian cedars, ipe (Brazilian walnut), and rosewood – have been logged, they do not grow back to commercial levels and are at risk from disappearing altogether.

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How Fire Transformed Human Lives

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: How Fire Transformed Human Lives

Originally Published on Deep Green

By Rex Weyler

Fire is the fundamental human technology, the foundation of everything that came after in human societies. Controlled fire transformed our diet, physiology, psychology, language, social structure, technologies, and our relationship to the rest of nature.

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Overshooting Our Planet’s Resources

The ECOreport interviewed Greenpeace co-founder Rex Wyler about the role hydrocarbons have had in our civilization, climate change and how humanity is overshooting our planet’s resources. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRex Wyler spoke of a wolf pack that found a valley full of deer. Initially, they flourished and grew plentiful. Only they were too successful. They eventually ate all the deer and there was no food left for the wolves. Humanity is in a similar situation, overshooting our planet’s resources.

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Why We Should Give Trees A Chance

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Jamie Woolley Forests are not just amazingly diverse ecosystems supporting millions of people around the world, they are strategically important for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. So whatever agreement comes out of the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris needs to contain strong measures to protect and restore forests, particularly the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Congo and South East Asia. Here are just five very good reasons why we should give trees a chance: Continue reading Why We Should Give Trees A Chance

Fire at World’s End

A double-hitter from Tom Dispatch.com: first an overall description of the wildfires that are plaguing the West Coast, then Subhankar Banerjee’s report on Fire at World’s End.

Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, Fire at World’s End

Normally, Americans love breaking records. (“We’re number one! We’re number one!”) But the latest records to come out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should make anyone’s heart sink. Here’s how the World Meteorological Society put the news in a recent press release: “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to June 2015, as well as for the month of June, was the hottest such period on record.” June itself was a global record-setter for warmth, as had been May and March in this thermometer-busting year, and February might also have squeaked into the number-one spot in recorded history. If so, four of the six months of this year were uniquely, grimly warm. And batten down the hatches since this is now officially an El Niño year in which surface water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are heating up significantly, possibly to historic levels, and global weather and storm patterns could be affected in major ways.

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Mushrooms Wild & Mysterious (Podcast)

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOriginally Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM Audio on Wednesday, Sept 17, 10:00 – 10:30 am. “Mushrooms Wild & Mysterious” the second part of an Interview with Paul Stamets,  Continue reading Mushrooms Wild & Mysterious (Podcast)

BC’s Supreme Court Rules Province does not have duty to Protect Forests

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1BC’s Supreme Court has ruled that the province’s Minister of Forests does not have a “legal duty, express or implied” to protect British Columbia’s forests.
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Call For A Coherent Forest Action Plan

The ECOreport reposts Environmental organizations reject proposed B.C. forest giveaway, call for a coherent forest action plan

Press Release from West Coast Environmental Law

VANCOUVER. Leading environmental organizations are rejecting the British Columbia government proposal for forest tenure change that would increase the amount of land under the control of logging companies in the form of Tree Farm Licences. The Ancient Forest Alliance, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC, Canopy, ForestEthics Solutions, Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC,  Wildsight and West Coast Environmental Law Association are calling on British Columbians to visit the government’s consultation website to reject the tenure rollover proposal and instead demand a coherent action plan to restore B.C.’s badly damaged forests.
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Out-of-this-world satellite images help monitor the environment

Published by UBC News

The new Centre for Applied Earth Observation will use images from satellites, aircraft, and the International Space Station to monitor globally important environmental issues such as changes in forestry activity and the amount of carbon sequestered in vegetation.
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