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  • Greenpeace says KFC boxes destroy Indonesia forests

    05/30/2012 9:49:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 05-30-2012 | Staff
    Greenpeace on Wednesday accused global fastfood chain KFC of using paper packaging made using wood from Indonesian rainforests which it said was endangering the habitat of the Sumatran tiger. The environmental group said the chain's trademark chicken buckets and French fry boxes contained timber products from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), which it described as the country's "notorious forest destroyer". To illustrate their cause, activists placed a giant KFC French fry holder depicting company founder Colonel Sanders holding a chainsaw in his hand and the words "KFC junking the jungle" written below on deforested peatland in Rokan Hilir, Riau province...
  • Tiger Habitat Urgently Threatened (by toilet paper! Who knew?)

    02/08/2012 10:20:08 AM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    The toilet paper on your grocery store shelves may have a direct impact on the 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Not all tissue and paper towels are made from responsible sources. Tiger Habitat Urgently Threatened Sumatra's rain forests--and the tigers that live in them--are in danger. One threat? Toilet paper bound for U.S. stores. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is pulping rain forests and replacing them with pulp plantations to provide paper fiber for products like the fastest-growing brand of toilet paper in the United States today, Paseo. Since 1984, APP's forestry practices have cleared 5 million acres...
  • Another Claim By UN Climate Panel Is Proven To Be BOGUS

    01/31/2010 5:56:16 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 483+ views
    The Lid/Times of London ^ | 1/31/10 | The Lid
    Its amazing what a little research will do. Once the climategate scandal broke, more people in the media have felt empowered to investigate claims made by the climate change moonbat community. A particularly fertile place to find bogus climate change claims has been the United Nations climate change panel, the IPCC. Two weeks ago, The IPCC was forced to retract a warning that climate change was likely to melt the Himalayan glaciers by 2035. That warning was also based on claims in a WWF report, which wasn't peer reviewed. The data in the report came from a student's dissertation and...
  • $100 billion a year... That's real money

    12/17/2009 3:33:28 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 12 replies · 574+ views ^ | December 17th, 2009 | Josh Painter
    The late Senator Everett Dirksen frequently gets  credit for the quote: "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money." Dirksen said in an interview that the quote wasn't his, but that he would only be too happy to take the credit. We were reminded of that quote when we heard this one by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who cannot deny that she said it: “The US is prepared to work with other countries toward a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion a year by 2020 to address the climate change needs of developing countries.”...
  • The cost of the biofuel boom on Indonesia's forests

    01/21/2009 5:48:18 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 789+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 21 January 2009 | Tom Knudson
    The clearing of Indonesia's rainforest for palm oil plantations is having profound effects threatening endangered species, upending the lives of indigenous people, and releasing massive amounts of carbon dioxide ___ Not long ago, biofuels were billed as a green dream come true, a way to burn less fossil fuel and shrink our carbon footprint. But today, mounting evidence indicates that producing biofuels particularly those derived from food crops such as corn and oil palm may be doing considerably more harm to the planet than good, actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions and driving up food prices worldwide. Some...
  • Prince Charles: wartime urgency needed for rainforests

    09/10/2008 7:00:16 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 193+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/11/2008 | Louise Gray
    Prince Charles last night urged business leaders to act with "wartime urgency" to save the rainforests. In a sumptuous dinner for some of the highest ranking figures in the City the Prince warned a football pitch size of rainforest is destroyed every every four seconds. But instead of the usual arguments of philanthropy, the Prince used cold hard cash to persuade business leaders to act. He suggested setting up a new "eco-systems market" to save the rainforests. Like the financial markets that already exist, the new system would put a value on rainforests in order to protect the benefits they...
  • No convincing evidence for decline in tropical forests

    01/07/2008 5:07:59 PM PST · by decimon · 19 replies · 57+ views
    University of Leeds ^ | January 7, 2007 | Unknown
    Claims that tropical forests are declining cannot be backed up by hard evidence, according to new research from the University of Leeds. This major challenge to conventional thinking is the surprising finding of a study published today in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences by Dr Alan Grainger, Senior Lecturer in Geography and one of the world's leading experts on tropical deforestation. "Every few years we get a new estimate of the annual rate of tropical deforestation, said Dr Grainger. They always seem to show that these marvellous forests have only a short time left. Unfortunately, everybody...
  • How Environmentalists Intend to Rule the World

    12/09/2007 4:51:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 978+ views
    Sovereignty ^ | Fall 2007 | Ron Arnold
    Critics have long believed environmentalists were planning global domination. The problem with making a credible case against such an ambitious plan was simple: no environmental leader had published one. Yet conflicts over global warming, world trade, multinational corporations, population control, sustainable futures, and transnational government left little doubt that environmentalists in fact shared the unspoken aim of wielding supreme power over a green future. But there was no proof. For years, critics, lacking hard evidence, were reduced to piecing together a jigsaw puzzle of suspicious environmentalist actions - funding from huge charitable trusts, ties to the broader "progressive" community, and...
  • Climate change may help rainforests

    09/21/2007 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies · 44+ views ^ | September 21, 2007 | Staff
    Climate change may lead to lush growth rather than catastrophic tree loss in the Amazonian forests, researchers from the US and Brazil have found. A study, in the journal Science, found that reduced rainfall had led to greener forests, possibly because sunlight levels are higher when there are fewer rainclouds. But scientists cautioned that while the finding raises hopes for the survival of the forests, there are still serious threats. Climate models have suggested that the forests will suffer as the region becomes drier and will release huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Climate models have suggested in...
  • 2 towns at Shore debate new boardwalks,Environmental concerns raised over type of Rainforest wood

    07/07/2007 4:37:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 520+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.30.07 | MARYANN SPOTO
    The world's first boardwalk was nailed down at the Jersey Shore in 1870 to solve the nuisance of sand being tracked into hotels. Now boardwalks themselves are the problem in some Shore towns. Plans to redo the fabled boards of Wildwood and Ocean City this fall have environmentalists and activists fighting local officials over the wood for the projects. In bid specifications for the work, both Cape May County towns have requested wood from the ipe, a tropical tree that grows in Central and South American rainforests, fragile regions some environmental groups argue are being ravaged by unscrupulous loggers. The...
  • Millions 'Wasted' Planting Trees That Reduce Water

    07/28/2005 6:17:29 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,081+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-29-2005 | Charles Clover
    Millions 'wasted' planting trees that reduce water By Charles Clover, Environment Editor (Filed: 29/07/2005) Millions of pounds in overseas aid are wasted every year planting trees in dry countries in the belief that they help attract rainfall and act as storage for water, scientists said yesterday. In fact, forests usually increase evaporation and help to reduce the amount of water available for human consumption or growing crops, according to a four-year study. Research on water catchments on three continents says it is "a myth" that trees always increase the availability of water. Even the cloud forests of tropical Costa Rica...
  • Seeing the forest for the peace

    01/10/2005 4:23:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 215+ views
    BANJUL, Gambia Liberating Liberia Twenty-five years of dictatorship and civil war, preceded by a century and a half of misrule, have made Liberia one of the world's poorest countries. But Liberia's development failures have paradoxically led to a success. Liberia has something that the world values now more than ever: a vast rain forest. . Liberia's status as a republic with strong ties to the United States kept out European colonizers, so no Western power came in to slice rails and roads into the interior. Nature flourished in splendid isolation, and today more than a third of the country is...
  • Rain Forest Report Follow-UP

    01/04/2005 10:14:31 PM PST · by AVNevis · 16 replies · 634+ views
    <p>We need to protect the tropical rain forests. They are an integral part of the ecosystem of the tropical region and the world. However, this is not a problem for government to solve, at least not the Government of the United States. The United States has not created the problem and therefore should not be obligated to solve it. The root of this problem stems from the fact that many of the countries that contain rain forests are very poor. Therefore the natives are mostly farmers. They need land on which to farm. Therefore they cut down rain forest to get farmland. But without the nutrients from the forest, these lands quickly become less fertile. The farmers then abandon their farms and head out in search of more land to use for farming. So once again they cut down a portion of the forest. It will take many years for the old portion of the forest to grow back. Another reason the forest is declining is extensive logging. The reason for this is again the economic health of these countries. They need an export, so they see the forest as one huge resource. So the real long term solution to the problem of the rain forest is to have a better economy in these countries. If the economy is better, so many people will not have to make a living farming. And that translates into saved forests. This can be achieved if we get some real capitalism and democracy in these countries. History shows that Capitalistic and democratic countries have much better economies than those that are not. One must only look Post World War 2 Germany. The country was divided into two parts, East and West Germany. West Germany was capitalist and democratic. East Germany was communist and not democratic. West Germany had a much better economy and country than East Germany. It recovered from the World War much faster than East Germany. Living conditions were much better in the West. Wages were much better in the West. So life was much better in the Democracy over the adjacent communist state. So the long term solution to this problem is to install real capitalism and democracy in these countries. Many claim to have both, but it is usually heavily fraudulent. Some person gets in power and then refuses to leave. It is not a democracy. When democracy is achieved in the tropical region, it will be a great step towards the protection of the rain forests. Most people will not have to do farming for a living. The government and farmers will have enough money to pay for products that could help keep the small area of the forest that does have to be cut down for farming fertile. The United States and other free nations need to support efforts for democracy in the tropical region. They should pressure the governments of the tropical nations to have legitimate elections. They should also promise more foreign aid for these countries should they choose to join the community of truly free nations. However, the above is the long term solution. You are not going to achieve democracy in a very short time. So there needs to be some temporary solution to the rain forest depletion. One way is through Debt for nature swaps. The debt of a country would be forgiven so long as some of the money is used to preserve nature. Not only would this save parts of the forest, it would also help the economy. And as I have shown, the Economy is the root of the problems surrounding the rain forest. Another way is to have citizens of the world purchase parts of the rain forest and protect them against farming and logging. You can do this through various programs such as the Rainforest Action Network and many other groups. However, these short-tem solutions are just that; short term. The real solution is to improve the economies of the rain forest countries. And the only way to do that is to install democracy and rid these countries of communism, socialism, dictatorships, and fraudulent democracies that keep the people poor and needing to cut down forest to survive. To answer the question posed in the assignment, who should pay for preserving the rain forests, the answer is no one. Everyone involved would see gain. Money that free countries spend preserving the forest and promoting democracy will eventually be returned in the form of things that do not have to be paid for. The only people that would suffer or pay a price would be the corrupted leaders who are presently leading the tropical nations. However, there will be a price to pay should we misdiagnose the root of the problem. Many people blame the problem on corporations. They are not the problem. If we start blaming them and expect the problem to go away; it will not. So we must encourage capitalism and democracy in the capital region if we want to see the rainforests protected without having to cause millions to go hungry without farms.</p>
  • Amazon Forest May Be Adding To Greenhouse Gases (Cut it Down)

    12/05/2003 6:36:37 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 11 replies · 204+ views
    U.N. Wire ^ | 2 December 2003 | U.N. Wire
    Parts of the Brazilian Amazon forest might be emitting more carbon dioxide than is absorbed, Brazilian and U.S. scientists said in a study published Friday in the magazine Science, adding that previous studies on the issue probably overstated the amount of the gas absorbed by the forest. During a three-year inquiry, researchers from Universidade de Sao Paulo, the National Institute of Space Research and Harvard University measured levels of emission and absorption of the gas in the National Forest of Tapajos, in Para, nothern Brazil. The scientists found that carbon dioxide emissions actually increased during rainy seasons, when decomposing foliage,...