Posts Tagged ‘Tropical Forests’

Rethinking Forest Plantations

Last winter, after two weeks at the climate negotiations in Durban, I took a few days of vacation and visited the unique “Afrotemperate forests” of the Southern Cape of South Africa, in the Knysna-Tsitsikamma region. Natural forests cover less that 0.5 percent of South Africa, which is much more famous for wildlife-rich savannas and for the incredibly biodiverse fynbos vegetation around the Cape of Good Hope. Read More

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Everybody’s Business: Consumer Goods Companies and Tropical Deforestation

Over the past five years, I’ve noticed that our work here at UCS on tropical deforestation has gradually changed its emphasis from actions in tropical forest countries, such as REDD+, to what can be done in consuming countries (which are not the same as developed countries) about the demand that drives tropical deforestation. Read More

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Congress: Bad on Lemurs, Bad on Jobs [UPDATED]

Have you heard the news about lemurs? No, I’m not referring to the commercial success of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. This is much, much worse. Read More

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Beef, Tropical Forests, Our Climate, and Our Health

In preparing our new UCS report on meat and deforestation, I’ve been surprised at how often people think you’re saying “meat” when you actually said “beef.” Beef is meat, of course, but it’s not the only kind, and in fact it’s not even the most popular kind. Worldwide, pork actually has the largest share of meat consumption (40 percent) with poultry second at 34 percent. Beef makes up only 24 percent, and is continuing to decline in relative terms. Read More

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The Storm Before the Storm: A Day of Rest (?) at Rio+20

Today is a bit of a rest day at RioCentro. Late last night/early this morning, the Brazilians closed their negotiating session by presenting a consensus text which was approved by all of the countries, although there still is a lot of concern about the content. Read More

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Rio+20 101: An Introductory Guide to Rio+20

Yesterday marked the official start of the Rio+20 pre-meetings, with government negotiators and NGO staff descending on Riocentro convention center (which, despite its name, is some 25 miles from the center of Rio) by the thousands. Read More

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Greetings from the Rio +20 Summit!

A lot can happen in twenty years. In 1992, the USSR had just dissolved, the internet was still in its infancy, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was around 356ppm,and government officials from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations first Earth Summit. Read More

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Brazil Forest Code Vote Flies in the Face of Science

In the US, we are not strangers to seeing politics trump science in the policy arena.  As the work of the UCS Scientific Integrity program has demonstrated time and again, legislators and executive officials sometimes ignore or distort science when pushing a particular political agenda. The US does not have a monopoly on steamrolling science however, as the Brazilian Congress recently demonstrated by passing a set of controversial amendments to that nation’s Forest Code, which protects the Amazon and other critically important natural systems, over the protests of the nation’s leading scientific groups.

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Happy Arbor Day!

Today is National Arbor Day here in the US of A (dates differ in other countries), a day for people around the country to plant and care for trees and if you can’t do that it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the importance of trees and forests.  While I make a living thinking about trees, I rarely get a chance to step back and reflect on what they have meant to me. Read More

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Who Will Speak for the Trees while the Lorax Is Filming His Close-ups?

“I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees,” is somewhat of a rallying cry around my office (one of my colleagues even has that quote in her Twitter bio).  For me, the Lorax (along with subscriptions to Ranger Rick and Big Backyard) was one of my first exposures to environmental issues.  Read More

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