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Deforestation

Forests and Food Are on the Front Line of the Battle Against Climate Change

Paul Polman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Paul Polman

Forests are also the lungs of our planet, and play a critical role in regulating our climate. They are second only to the oceans as the largest global store of carbon.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

A Powerful New Tool to Help Track Deforestation

Andrew Dudley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Andrew Dudley

A remarkable achievement in computing power and one that for the first time, brought to life a historical time-lapse of the Earth's surface.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

The Duh Moment: Switch to Clean Energy ASAP

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What's the rush on renewable clean energy? It's connect-the-dots time! Here's my graphic line of connecting dots: 1. Almost all scienti...

Climate Change This Week: CA Solar Dream, Power Plants Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...

'Better' Burgers Worse For Your Health, No Better For The Climate

Elliott Negin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Home
Elliott Negin

Americans' love affair with beef has consequences beyond our borders. According to Boucher's 2012 study, U.S. beef consumption helps drive tropical deforestation, which is now responsible for about 10 percent of the world's carbon emissions. As demand for beef goes up worldwide, so does deforestation.

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.

The Plague

John Feffer | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

At what point do mistakes aggregate into something evil? At the very least, do they prevent us from claiming the mantle of good? And, of course, it's not just the mistakes that are problematic but also the deliberate policies that, for instance, align Washington with dictators and other murderous actors.

Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts and Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Climate Change This Week: Stormy Constipation, Solar Utility Comeback, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Climate Change This Week: Mega Methane, Tidal Power, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 16 2014 How unusua...

Are Humans Inducing Epidemic Outbreaks?

Anna Clark | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

So far, the consequences of a warming planet have mainly afflicted the poor. Now scientists are discovering that not only does deforestation harm the environment, it may also be directly responsible for the Ebola outbreak.

Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Climate Change This Week: US Flunks Efficiency, Green Bonds Grow, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Is the Amazon on the Brink of Abyss?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

The Amazon today faces unprecedented road, energy and mining development that is starting to threaten the ability of the forest to continue providing ecosystem services. If we reach a tipping point, many things could happen, virtually all of them bad for the health of the planet.

Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusu...

Deforestation: The Over-Looked Climate Driver and What You Can Do About It

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Rosaly Byrd

Although many might say that an individual's purchasing decisions have a minimal impact, it is everyone's responsibility to understand the environmental effects of their consumption, and an aggregate shift can have an impact.

Endangered Florida Forest Lands To Be Bulldozed For A Walmart

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green

A section of an endangered Florida forest may soon be home to a new Walmart. In a move that’s enraging environmentalists, the University of Miami...

Fighting Illegal Logging With Your Cell Phone

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Recycling used cell phones to combat deforestation is an encouraging development -- hopefully one that will be replicated and scaled up around the world. However, efforts to combat the act of illegal logging must be paired with efforts to curb the demand for illegally harvested timber from importing countries.

Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Solar Keeps Spreading, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

Climate Change This Week: Patriots Win the Fracking War, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.05.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 5, 2014 H...

Charles Barber on the Complexities of Stopping Deforestation

Andrew Dudley | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Andrew Dudley

Washington, DC: As the need to feed a burgeoning population is pitched against our ability to preserve rainforests, the need for people like Charles (...

Climate Change This Week: Packing Record Heat, Fracking Leaks and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.