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'Green News Report' - July 29, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama Administration approves sonic cannons for offshore oil exploratio...

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.

How Your Old Cellphone Could Help Stop Illegal Logging And Poaching

Mother Nature Network | John Platt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Did you know that Americans throw away 150 million cellphones every year? Well now there's...

Are Transition Plans Code for Climate Change Backtracking?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The USDA Forest Service is pushing through the sale of nearly 6,200 acres of Tongass rainforest's old growth timber for 10-15 years of logging. Only a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department investigation is forestalling the tragic event.

Why Conservation Is a Dangerous Business

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Kevin Jennings

Conservation is indeed a dangerous business, and will stay that way as long as we provide an incentive for those driven by greed to eliminate those who stand in their way.

Landslide in Oso, Washington -- Don't Blame Nature and Acts of God for Reckless Logging

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The 300-acre landslide in Oso, Washington, which killed at least 30 people and destroyed the local community on March 22, 2014, reveals a consequence of a relatively unregulated and unseen industry: logging.

Is There New Hope for Madagascar?

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Russell Mittermeier

Madagascar is one of the world's most unusual countries -- an iconic "hotspot" in every sense of the word. It has also been the site of devastating poverty and environmental destruction, accelerated in recent years by an ineffective, corrupt government.

Delisting Tasmanian Wilderness Impoverishes Australia

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

When Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colebeck said there would be "minor boundary modifications" to Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area, I was...

Trees Are Our Climate Saviors - So Stop Logging on Public Land

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

A 2012 study by 50 scientists and policy experts from around the world estimates that climate disruption kills nearly 1,000 children every day. Trees are our climate saviors, and it takes decades or centuries -- time we don't have -- to recover from the mistake of cutting them down.

Our Furniture's Dirty Secret: Illegal Land Grabs and Logging Are Robbing Papua New Guineans

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Nina Wegner

Sad but true: the mahogany desk in your study or the merbau flooring in your living room probably came from illegal timber logged on tropical lands.

Illegal Logging and Wall Street?

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

There is a clear need for the U.S. to fully enforce the Lacey Act, the most effective tool we have to stop illegal logging and associated trade, and hold companies accountable for importing illegally harvested timber.

Women Reclaim Cultural Knowledge in Northwestern Amazonia

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg This remote forest -- ringing with the sounds of frogs, monkeys and parrots --seemed surreal, as did my reason for visiting.

More Than 200 Scientists Speak Out Against Logging Bills

AP | SCOTT SONNER | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

RENO, Nev. -- RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would d...

House Backs Bill To Boost Logging In National Forests

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled House Friday approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests – a measure the GOP said wo...

A Very Unhappy Birthday for the Tongass National Forest

Cindy Shogan | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

When we blew out the candles on our Tongass birthday cake this year, we made a very specific wish -- that the Forest Service finally make good on its promise to stop devastating large-scale industrial logging, transition away from old-growth logging, and protect America's rainforest for the future.

Bad News For The Amazon Rainforest

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Preliminary data released Tuesday by Brazil's space agency suggests Amazon defores...

Scientists Urge EU To Rethink Burning Southern US Forests To Fight Climate Change

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

A group of over 60 US scientists recently sent a letter to EU decision makers urging them to take swift action to "develop and adopt sustainability criteria and carbon accounting requirements to ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate."

The Forest Service's Addiction to Old-growth

Brendan Jones | Posted 08.05.2013 | Green
Brendan Jones

As with so many debates, the feud over whether to cut or not to cut in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest - at 17 million acres, by far the largest woods in the United States - can be distilled to bumper stickers.

Our Commitment to Boreal Forest Protection: Stronger Than Resolute

Todd Paglia | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Todd Paglia

While Resolute has proven unwilling to act in good faith, the other signatories of the historic CBFA remain committed to finding solutions for the Boreal. So am I.

If You Can't Beat Them, Try to Silence Them With Lawyers: Really, SFI?

Todd Paglia | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Todd Paglia

Sustainable Forestry Initiative is the best greenwashing that money can buy. That's why so many companies have dropped the SFI label and it's also why the premier green building system, LEED, has refused SFI's many attempts to make SFI certified lumber eligible for LEED green building points.

Indonesia's Protected Rainforests Disappearing

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.24.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The recent reports from Indonesia are sending a clarion wake-up call around the globe: Rapid illegal rainforest logging is escalating. School children...

Giant Sequoias -- Safe at Last?

Michael Brune | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

The giant sequoias are direct descendants of the enormous trees that once covered North America and loomed over dinosaurs in vast forests of fern and evergreen. Now they survive in just one small redoubt -- the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Deadliest Jobs In America

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 10.09.2012 | Small Business

According to a new study of America's deadliest jobs by workplace safety education company eTrain Today, the deadliest industry, and those workers mos...

The Power of Ordinary Citizens: Using Science to Stop Logging

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The desire to create jobs in rural areas also motivates logging. Forests on public lands are particularly tempting to loggers because they have been less cut over than forests on private lands.

'Green News Report' - June 28, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Record he...