Tag Archives: deforestation

Are you a threat to the Siberian tiger?

You are probably unintentionally contributing to the future demise of the Siberian tiger. Tiger habitat, predominantly Mongolian oak, is being destroyed by illegal logging. As consumers of oak furniture, which has potentially been illegally sourced from tiger habitat, we are … Continue reading

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It’s world orangutan day!

Just a quick reminder that today is world orangutan day. These gentle apes share 97% of their DNA with us, and are intelligent, patient, and affectionate. This is an opportune time to reflect on how much palm oil is in … Continue reading

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Super trees and regeneration: will it work?

Terry Pratchett translates “Ook” in orang-utan in his book Men At Arms to mean: “It may be just vital biomass oxygenating the planet to you, but it’s home to me” (or alternatively, “I’m sure there was a rainforest around here … Continue reading

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Palm oil plantations and smog – if you’re in Singapore, just don’t breathe

The latest air pollution index in Singapore is 371. A value of 100 or more on this index is considered unhealthy, anything above 200 is considered very unhealthy, and over 300 is considered dangerous. So 371 is really-honestly-we-really-mean-this dangerous. So … Continue reading

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Deforestation – incontrovertible evidence from space

Deforestation – it’s a serious problem for a variety of reasons, and now we can see stark evidence of the extent of the problem in some regions of the globe, courtesy of NASA. NASA also have a somewhat disturbing short … Continue reading

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Deforestation and the genetic resources of tropical trees

By Andrew Lowe, Stefan Caddy-Retalic, Eleanor Dormontt. Published in the University of Adelaide’s e-Science online magazine as “Growing Solo: Deforestation and Genetic Diversity“. e-Science is available for iPad or Android, or viewable on the web here. The human destruction of … Continue reading

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Australian government outlaws illegal logging

Welcome news from November 21st – the Australian Federal Government has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill in order to crack down on the multi-billion dollar illegal logging trade. Good news for all who are concerned about deforestation, human rights abuses, … Continue reading

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Where’s the action?

We all agree that we need to act on climate change. We all agree that biodiversity is a good thing. We all agree that we need to conserve as many species and as many ecosystems as possible. So why is … Continue reading

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Climate change responsible for collapse of civilisations?

There’s an interesting article in The Conversation today which suggests that climate change may have been responsible for the collapse of the Mayan civilisation in central America. The authors refer to a study in Science authored by Douglas J. Kennett et. al., … Continue reading

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SPECIAL REPORT – Seeing the wood through the trees *

* From time to time we’ll post a special report, which will be longer than our normal posts. See also The Economist, 22nd September 2012. Illegal logging is a major contributor to tropical deforestation and forest degradation. Aside from clear advancements … Continue reading

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