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Tropical Forests

Rainforest: Up To Half The Global Warming Solution

Brett Byers | Posted 12.10.2016 | Green
Brett Byers

Governments and citizens of all countries must make the protection of the world's rainforest a top priority. It could get the world as far as halfway to a global warming solution over the crucial coming decades.

Indigenous People Build Fund for Direct Access to Climate Finance, Push for More Active Role in Proceedings

Forest Trends | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

Hundreds of millions of dollars in climate finance have been pledged to helping indigenous people manage their territories, but all of that money now flows through intermediaries. Here's how the Amazon's largest federation of indigenous organizations aims to change that.

KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell Commit to Deforestation-Free Palm Oil. Who's Next?

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today that by the end of 2017 it will only buy palm oil cooking oil from suppliers that protect tropical forests and peatlands--swampy areas that store even more carbon. That's a big deal.

Species Migrating Upslope Due to Climate Change in Tropical Montane Cloud Forests of Peru May Meet a Grass Ceiling

Keith Peterman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Keith Peterman

Working at the high-elevation treeline where closed-canopy cloud forest forests meets open alpine vegetation, Evan is trying to understand how these forests will adapt to climate change.

Attempted Predation by Puma on Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

Rob Pringle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Rob Pringle

A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting -- along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened.

'Big Data' Is an Investment in Nature -- and Human Well-being

Peter Seligmann | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Peter Seligmann

CI and 83 partners have been meticulously gathering data on changes in biomass, biodiversity, species distribution and other indicators of ecosystem health. The data from this network offers decision makers an early warning system designed to identify potentially harmful changes arising within Earth's ecosystems.

Indonesian Forest Plan May Be Breakthrough on Climate Change

James Bacchus | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
James Bacchus

Although little noted thus far in the U.S., Indonesia has just announced the details of a program intended to diminish forest destruction and thereby reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are the main cause of climate change.

How Two 15-Year-Old Girl Scouts Are Changing a Giant Food Conglomerate

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Kellogg's announced that it is moving to limit the deforestation caused by the palm oil it uses to make Girl Scout cookies, it represented an enormous achievement for two 15-year-old girls from Michigan.

Of Thin Mints and Orangutans

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Girl Scouts Madison and Rhiannon found out that their group's famed cookies contained palm oil, the cultivation of which destroys the habitat of endangered wildlife, they sprung into action.

Seed Corn, Discount Rate and Our Endangered Future

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Schweitzer

We are telling future generations that we value our air, water and climate more today than we do the obligation to bequeath to them a sustainable world in the future.

The Energy Fetish

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

Left unchecked, tropical deforestation will cost the U.S. agriculture, ranching, and timber industries more than $100 billion between now and 2030.

George Bush's Confession: False Contrition at its Worst

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Yes, George, we will remember you, exactly as you wish, as a president who came in and left with his values intact.

If Life Gives You Limes, Make Margaritas

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrea Chalupa

His island empire may be laid back but it's no fool's gold. In 2006, Buffett ranked number seven on Rolling Stone's list of Richest Rock Stars, beating out Celine Dion and rapper 50 Cent.

Endangered Species: Environmental Champions Like Obama

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Schweitzer

In a reaction of collective panic as the election draws near, Bush is proposing the most significant changes to regulations governing endangered species since 1986.

Pro-Death: The Anti-Life Policies of Bush/McCain

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A great irony in the debate about the sanctity of life is that liberal Democrats are the greatest defenders of life, even though Republicans have incorrectly assumed the mantle of "pro-life."

UN Launches Plan To Save Tropical Forests

Treevolution | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The United Nations launched a programme this week to help nine developing countries - among them three African states, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democr...