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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #100 on: August 22, 2019, 01:24:35 AM »
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Internet users around the world are planting trees—nearly 65 million of them to date—just by browsing the internet. That’s because instead of relying on Google or Yahoo to conduct their online searches, they are using Ecosia.
Like other search engines, Ecosia makes money through advertising—every time someone clicks on one of the ads located next to search results, Ecosia makes a few cents. Only instead of using its profits to line shareholder pockets, the Berlin-based start-up invests 80 percent of its profits in tree planting. On average, it takes 45 searches to plant a tree.
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ecosia-you-can-help-plant-trees-just-surfing-internet

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Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says
https://fox59.com/2019/08/21/brazils-amazon-rainforest-is-burning-at-a-record-rate-research-center-says/
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Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.

The fires are burning at the highest rate since the country’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (known by the abbreviation INPE), began tracking them in 2013, the center said Tuesday.

There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That’s more than an 80% increase compared with the same period last year.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #101 on: August 27, 2019, 09:27:08 PM »
Carbon offsets are not enough to save forests:
If Carbon Offsets Require Forests to Stay Standing, What Happens When the Amazon Is on Fire?
https://www.propublica.org/article/if-carbon-offsets-require-forests-to-stay-standing-what-happens-when-the-amazon-is-on-fire
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But the devastating blaze encapsulates a key weakness of offsets that scientists have been warning about for the past decade: that they are too vulnerable to political whims and disasters like wildfires. As a recent ProPublica investigation noted, if you give corporations a pass to pollute by saying their emissions are being canceled out somewhere else, you need a way to guarantee that continues to be the case.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #102 on: August 29, 2019, 05:47:34 PM »
A nice little read about the plundering of forests in Cambodia. 

https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2019/plundering-cambodias-forests/index.html

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In one of his more daring exploits, Leng disguised himself as a chef working at logging camps to infiltrate the network of notorious logging baron, Try Pheap, an adviser to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

It has a slider for 2009 versus 2019 and also a map showing what geographic areas are being plundered via which nations. 

I have not watched the "101 East" video the web page springs from.   Hopefully it will also discuss the trafficking in animal species that would probably occur during forest raping.  Sending lumber out of a country via container shipping, something I had never considered before, but for more rare or exotic lumber, probably worth the cost. 

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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #103 on: August 29, 2019, 10:45:25 PM »
‘We have cut them all’: Ghana struggles to protect its last old-growth forests
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/08/we-have-cut-them-all-ghana-struggles-to-protect-its-last-old-growth-forests/
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Deforestation of Ghana’s primary forests jumped 60 percent between 2017 and 2018 – the biggest jump of any tropical country. Most of this occurred in the country’s protected areas, including its forest reserves.
A Mongabay investigation revealed that illegal logging in forest reserves is commonplace, with sources claiming officers from Ghana’s Forestry Commission often turn a blind eye and even participate in the activity.
The technical director of forestry at Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said attempts at intervention have met with limited success, and are often thwarted by loggers who know how to game the system.
A representative of a conservation NGO operating in the country says a community-based monitoring project has helped curtail illegal logging in some reserves, but additional buy-in from other communities is needed to scale up its results. Meanwhile, the Ghanaian government is reportedly starting its own public outreach program, as well as coordinating with the EU on an agreement that would allow only legal wood from Ghana to enter the EU market.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #104 on: September 01, 2019, 01:06:37 AM »
British Columbia’s 'irreplaceable' forest could disappear after decades of clear-cut logging
https://crosscut.com/2019/08/british-columbias-irreplaceable-forest-could-disappear-after-decades-clear-cut-logging
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Only 9% of BC’s inland rain forest has been designated as protected areas or parks by the provincial government, leaving more than three-quarters of the remaining land open to clear-cut logging, which has removed more than a quarter of all the old-growth cedar and hemlock over the past half century. There is no end in sight.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #105 on: September 04, 2019, 08:06:59 PM »
Actually, maybe forests aren't as good at storing carbon as we thought
Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?
https://undark.org/article/imaging-scans-climate-change/
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But Marra, a forest pathologist at the Experiment Station with a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Cornell University, has documented from studying his fallen trees that internal decay has the capacity to significantly reduce the amount of carbon stored within.

Will Deforestation and Warming Push the Amazon to a Tipping Point?
https://e360.yale.edu/features/will-deforestation-and-warming-push-the-amazon-to-a-tipping-point
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In an e360 interview, Carlos Nobre, Brazil’s leading expert on the Amazon and climate change, discusses the key perils facing the world’s largest rainforest, where a record number of fires are now raging, and lays out what can be done to stave off a ruinous transformation of the region.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #106 on: September 06, 2019, 10:52:44 PM »
We could help prevent deforestation by simply reprogramming logging machines
https://www.fastcompany.com/90398939/we-could-help-prevent-deforestation-by-simply-reprogramming-logging-machines
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In the Amazon, protected forests sit right next to logging operations. With lax enforcement, sometimes the protected forest ends up getting logged, as well. But what if it was impossible for the logging machines to cut down protected trees? A few lines of computer code entered into the machine’s source code could make it possible—code which some developers have created. They now hope that heavy equipment manufacturers will begin to add it to new machinery to help prevent deforestation in areas that struggle with enforcement.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #107 on: September 07, 2019, 02:08:29 PM »
Rodius recently posted information concerning old growth forests versus reforested or plantation areas in the Wildfires thread:

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1368.msg227251.html#msg227251
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #108 on: September 07, 2019, 09:00:01 PM »
We could help prevent deforestation by simply reprogramming logging machines
https://www.fastcompany.com/90398939/we-could-help-prevent-deforestation-by-simply-reprogramming-logging-machines
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In the Amazon, protected forests sit right next to logging operations. With lax enforcement, sometimes the protected forest ends up getting logged, as well. But what if it was impossible for the logging machines to cut down protected trees? A few lines of computer code entered into the machine’s source code could make it possible—code which some developers have created. They now hope that heavy equipment manufacturers will begin to add it to new machinery to help prevent deforestation in areas that struggle with enforcement.

If that worked it would force them to use more manual labor.

You can alternatively just enforce the laws and protect the people.

Or do what happens in reality and pander to the money interests.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #109 on: September 09, 2019, 06:20:02 PM »
Pope says deforestation must be treated as a global threat
http://news.trust.org/item/20190907160919-kjhjd/
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Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.

Francis made his appeal on a visit to Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island, which research institutes and aid agencies say has lost about 44% of its forest over the past 60 years, abetted by illegal exports of rosewood and ebony.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #110 on: September 13, 2019, 09:39:07 PM »
I try to avoid Forest news, it is just too depressing. But this one just came up on the screen.
Note that the data is to 2018 - before Bolsonaro

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49679883
World 'losing battle against deforestation'
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A historic global agreement aimed at halting deforestation has failed, according to a report.

An assessment of the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) says it has failed to deliver on key pledges.

Launched at the 2014 UN climate summit, it aimed to half deforestation by 2020, and halt it by 2030.

Yet deforestation continues at an alarming rate and threatens to prevent the world from preventing dangerous climate change, experts have said.

The critique, compiled by the NYDF Assessment Partners (a coalition of 25 organisations), painted a bleak picture of how the world's forests continue to be felled.

Deforestation 'accelerating'
"Since the NYDF was launched five years ago, deforestation has not only continued - it has actually accelerated," observed Charlotte Streck, co-founder and director of Climate Focus, which co-ordinated the publication of the report.

The report says the amount of annual carbon emissions resulting from deforestation around the globe are equivalent to the greenhouse gases produced by the European Union.

On average, an area of tree cover **the size of the United Kingdom was lost every year between 2014 and 2018.

i.e. 250,000 km2

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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #111 on: September 13, 2019, 09:47:28 PM »
It’s Time We Treat Some Forests Like Crops
https://www.outsideonline.com/2401572/mass-timber-logging-climate-change
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Tree crops don’t always provide the kind of habitat that supports diverse ecosystems. For that we need to continue fighting like hell to protect our remaining old-growth forests. But if you take it as truth that climate change is the greatest threat to the planet, then mass timber offers a rare opportunity—a chance to transform the construction and logging industries so that we reduce emissions while adding millions of carbon-sequestering trees to the landscape. We’ll cut them down and then grow more, gardening the earth as stewards living in a built world made more and more out of wood.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #112 on: September 16, 2019, 05:48:42 PM »
Deforestation Is Getting Worse, 5 Years After Countries and Companies Vowed to Stop It
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13092019/forest-loss-rate-global-deforestation-amazon-fires-corporate-agribusiness-international-declaration
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As fires in the Amazon draw attention to the problem, critics say big agribusinesses aren't doing enough to stop deforestation in their supply chains.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #113 on: September 18, 2019, 07:58:20 PM »
Indigenous communities, wildlife under threat as farms invade Nicaraguan reserve
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/indigenous-communities-wildlife-under-threat-as-farms-invade-nicaraguan-reserve/
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Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve straddles the country’s border with Honduras and was declared a UNESCO site in 1997. It comprises one of the largest contiguous rainforest regions in Latin America north of the Amazon Basin and includes 21 ecosystems and six types of forest that are home to a multitude of species, several of which are threatened with extinction.
According to a report by the Nicaraguan environmental agency MARENA, a little more than 15 percent of the Bosawás reserve had been cleared and converted for agricultural use in 2000. But today, that number stands at nearly 31 percent. Satellite data show deforestation reached the heart of the reserve’s core zone earlier this year.
Deforestation in Bosawás stems mainly from migration, as people in other parts of the country move to the region looking for fertile land and space to raise cattle and grow crops.
Indigenous communities are allowed to own land within Bosawás. But sources say land traffickers are selling plots of land to non-indigenous farmers and ranchers, creating conflicts that have caused death on both sides.
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Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« Reply #114 on: September 21, 2019, 12:31:08 AM »
Gran Chaco: South America’s second-largest forest at risk of collapsing
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/gran-chaco-south-americas-second-largest-forest-at-risk-of-collapsing/
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Distributed between Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil, the Gran Chaco is a collection of more than 50 different ecosystems typified by dry forest.
The Gran Chaco is one of the most deforested areas on the planet. Every month, an area twice the size of Buenos Aires is cut down.
Chaco deforestation is driven by the expansion of the agricultural frontier and hunting, as well as climate change.

Deforestation increase dovetails with armed conflict in Colombia, study finds
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/deforestation-increase-dovetails-with-armed-conflict-in-colombia-study-finds/
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According to the report’s primary author, forested areas in Colombia that are less than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from illicit crops are most likely areas to be deforested.
Deforestation linked to armed conflict and coca cultivation was most prevalent in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, La Macarena, and San Lucas mountains, and in the regions of Tumaco and Catatumbo.
All areas impacted in Colombia are those with high biodiversity and conservation value.
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