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Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 4)

William S. Becker | Posted 04.01.2017 | Green
William S. Becker

The safest and most sensible strategy to combat climate change consists of two parts. The first is to make the transition from carbon-based to carbon-free energy. Second, we should restore and protect the natural ecosystems that store carbon and provide fringe benefits that include water savings, flood protection, wildlife habitat, food security and many other services.

Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 03.23.2017 | Green
William S. Becker

The experts who study the role of soils, forests, grasslands and wetlands in the Earth's carbon cycle have different ideas about how much carbon these ecosystems can keep out of the atmosphere. They all agree on one thing, however.

Seedlings and Children: Taking Care of Our Common Future

Forest Trends | Posted 07.06.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

A group of Surui men tromp through the forests, carrying heavy loads. Yet they are not loggers with a mission to clear-cut the trees and ship them to be made into expensive furniture. Rather, these indigenous people carry machetes and seedlings.

Connecting to Sacha Inchi and Beyond: A Database for Products of the Amazon

Forest Trends | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

In the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous people are harvesting sacha inchi -- as they have been for 3,000 years. And on screens around the world, Dr. Oz, among others, touts the nut-like seed for its high nutritional value and delicious flavor. It's fast becoming a grocery store favorite: roasted, covered in chocolate, tamari-flavored, or pressed into oil.

The Great Amazonian Pantry: How Eating the Products of the Rainforest Could Save the Earth

Forest Trends | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Peru is uniquely positioned to provide a model for the world of how a country can use its own resources -- like the exotic fruits of the forest -- and culture to sustain itself.

Spinning the Future: How Ancient Weaving Techniques Save the Earth

Forest Trends | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The use of natural dyes over chemical dyes, the preservation and promotion of biodiversity in the indigenous plant and animal species that are vital to the weaving, in the bigger picture of recovering centuries-old environmentally friendly methods of weaving, has made the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco a model for climate change mitigation.

What Do a Seed and a Website Have to Do With Stopping Climate Change?

Forest Trends | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Photo credit: The Maya Nut Institute Deep in the tropical rainforests of Latin America, a seed the size of a marble grows in abundance. Amid the many...

MacArthur Award Validates Climate Strategy

Forest Trends | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

A $1 million award from the MacArthur Foundation confirms a highly effective, sustainable, and groundbreaking climate change strategy. Nine organiza...

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Students Lead Fight for Smart Climate Investing

Forest Trends | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Syracuse University, Hall of Languages Students at my alma mater, Syracuse University (SU), showed true school spirit recently by rallying to convinc...

From Copenhagen to Lima: An Observer's Take on Why the Lima Call to Action Matter

Forest Trends | Posted 02.15.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The deadline for two long weeks of climate negotiations in Peru had already passed when the man who had presided over the entire event Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's environment minister, announced the Lima Call to Climate Action.

Toward Business Unusual: How Companies, Governments, and NGOs Are Taking on Deforestation

Forest Trends | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Illegal logging in Ecuador Imagine walking down the supermarket aisle and plucking tropical trees from the shelves. Next to the milk, you throw in an...

Cop 20 Climate Solutions: A Small and Mighty Consortium in the Spotlight

Forest Trends | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

At this year's COP -- where the strong presence of indigenous people is a noticeable difference from meetings of years past -- AIME presents voices that speak of proven strategies and solutions.

Flood Disaster in the Amazon: A Fight Against Climate Change Gets Personal

Forest Trends | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Images of the Yawanawá community, after flooding (Photo credit: TEDGlobal) The rain hit hard and fast, and in the dead of night. "The people woke u...

On Eve of Climate Talks in Lima, Assassinations of Indigenous Leaders Loom Large

Forest Trends | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Edwin Chota at a meeting discussing the practices of sustainable timber harvesting. Photo: Emory Richey Diana Rios Rengifo looked determined as she s...

Breaking New Ground, Connecting Unlikely Allies

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Since the late 1990s, Forest Trends has been working with indigenous partners to develop and test financing mechanisms that not only meet the rigors of western accounting but respect and reinforce the rights of indigenous people.

The Ecosystem That Is Disappearing Faster Than Any Other on Earth

Forest Trends | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Mangrove forest Mangroves--the uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line our tropical and subtropical coasts, the critical membrane between ...

Staring Down the California Drought: Looking at Solutions to Our Water Crisis

Forest Trends | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

The punishing California drought has become part of our national consciousness, with the bad news seeming to grow worse each week. Last year was the d...

Bead by Bead, Saving the Rainforest and Fighting Climate Change

Forest Trends | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Sergio Polignano, on behalf of Forest Trends Eliza Suruí sits on a palm mat she wove herself, in the shade of her family's maloca, or dwelling. It i...

Momentum on Climate Change: NGO Forest Trends Helping to Pave the Way

Forest Trends | Posted 12.26.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

The People's Climate March, Sept. 21, 2014 Last month, an astounding step was taken in the fight against climate change. More than 400,000 people m...

Amazon Leader Tashka Yawanawá Highlights Indigenous Issues at Global TED Talks

Forest Trends | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Tashka Yawanawá at TEDGlobal 2014 (photo courtesy of TED) As a boy, Tashka Yawanawá watched as the culture of his people was nearly wiped out by ou...

The Climate 'Marchers' Who Fought and Died in the Amazon

Forest Trends | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Participants from Physicians for Social Responsibility at the People's Climate March in New York City, Sept. 21 (photo courtesy of Gloria Gonzalez) T...

'Prius Repellents' Versus Indigenous People: A Showdown on Climate Change

Forest Trends | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Turning your truck into a "Prius Repellent" isn't hard. In a process known as "rolling coal," you can modify the engine so that it belches out a huge ...

Reason for Climate Change Optimism as Forest Strategy Is Validated

Forest Trends | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working. For a long time, experts have theorized that in...

Barack Obama And The Rationale For Ecosystem Service Markets

Forest Trends | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

TweetShare If there's one thing US President Barack Obama understands, it's the danger of sticker shock. "People don't like gas prices going up," he...

The World Will End This Summer -- According to Hollywood

Forest Trends | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Forest Trends

In portraying our response to climate change, Hollywood has made an enormous - and erroneous - assumption. The apocalyptic visions presented by the mo...