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    5 Successful Reforestation Projects

    Between the Arab Spring, the weird weather, and, well, the Casey Anthony trial, you may have missed the fact that 2011 was proclaimed “The International Year of Forests” by the UN General Assembly. This celebration is long overdue: forests not only provide habitat to animals and plants, but also purify air and water, prevent soil […] More

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    More Evidence of the Importance of Forests: They’re Even Bigger Carbon Sinks than Thought

    Want to see clear connections between environmental degradation and economic struggles? Deforestation provides about as clear a picture as any example: the loss of ecological services (flood control, water and air purification, topsoil protection, etc.) have direct economic impacts ranging from disaster recovery costs to food prices to increased need for health care spending. And, […] More

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    Five for Friday: Great Green Blog Posts (7/16/10)

    Yep… it’s still all oil spill in terms of the top subjects indexed by Regator. Fortunately, it’s been a good week on that front: the cap seems to be holding, and a video of one of the most moving pleas for help every went viral… if you haven’t seen crawfisher Drew Landry singing to the […] More

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    Earth Policy Institute: Protecting and Restoring Forests

    By Lester R. Brown Protecting the earth’s nearly 4 billion hectares of remaining forests and replanting those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health, an important foundation for the new economy. Reducing rainfall runoff and the associated flooding and soil erosion, recycling rainfall inland, and restoring aquifer recharge depend on simultaneously reducing […] More

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    Earth Policy Institute: Shrinking Forests — The Many Costs

    By Lester R. Brown In early December 2004, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo “ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides, triggered by rampant deforestation, killed nearly 340 people,” according to news reports. Fifteen years earlier, in 1989, the government of Thailand announced a nationwide ban on […] More

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    Paper Matters

    Paper appears to be high on the agenda of a number of organizations this week. It’s necessary. Paper is so ubiquitous – from tissues to toilet paper to memo pads to catalogs to the mess on your desk – that it is easy to forget, or perhaps more convenient to ignore, that paper manufacturing has […] More

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    Thank Global Warming for New Tree Growth

    Quicker-melting snow cover will allow forests to encroach on meadows and, ironically, eventually aid in cooling the planet. Regina Rochefort, a National Park Service science adviser at Mount Rainier, said the meadows surrounding the famous peak have been shrinking because of less snowfall and shorter periods of snow cover. In the past, the snow has […] More

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    Trees Emit Chemical to Communicate Danger

    During unusually high temperatures and droughts, researchers have found that walnut trees emit large amounts of aspirin into the air, possibly as a warning to other trees to prepare for the changes. [social_buttons]Scientists with National Center for Atmospheric Research hope that the findings will open new doors to study how plants impact air quality, but […] More

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    Meditation: Behold the Power of Trees

    I love trees. Do you love trees, too? Oddly enough, some folks feel absolute terror at the prospect of being lost in the woods. Think of The Blair Witch Project or Deliverance. Without a sense of bearings, of direction, or of civilization, many folks think of the woods and see the forest for every single […] More

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    Eco-Libris: Wal-Mart Joins WWF's Initiative to Eliminate Illegal Logging

    This is a guest post by Raz Godelnik of Eco-Libris.This article was originally published on Eco-Libris blog on July 16. Forests need strong allies to win their survival battles. This week it seems they have a new powerful friend that might help. His name is Wal-Mart. Environmental Leader reports that the world’s largest retailer has […] More

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    Eco-Libris: The Story of Don Cheyo

    Editor’s note: Our friends at Eco-Libris are in the business of preserving forests by “offsetting” books. Today, they bring you a profile of another organization involved in forest conservation, and one of that organization’s success stories. This post was originally published on Friday, March 28, 2008. We bring you from time to time stories and […] More

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    Eco-Libris: Merrill Lynch is Investing in Forest Protection

    Editor’s note: Getting to spend more time with the Eco-Libris blog has turned into a real pleasure, as they’ve got a keen sense of the “big picture” when it comes to book publishing. In today’s post, Raz discusses a “carbon financing” project by Merrill Lynch that involves investment in healthy forests… a critical element of […] More