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Wild and wilder

I wrote about one approach to revegetating recently – the suggestion was to clone some of the extremely old trees in the UK and offer them to people and groups to plant. Another approach is taken by George Monbiot. He … 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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I talk to the trees to find which ones were illegally logged*

Okay, I don’t talk to the trees – it’s pretty unrewarding if you’re after a stimulating conversation. But it’s possible to get a lot of information from the trees, provided you have the knowledge, skills and equipment. Andy Lowe (my … Continue reading

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Henry Ford’s biggest mistake

Henry Ford, the iconic car-maker, had a number of very successful ideas. He revolutionised the manufacturing industry, introducing the production line where each component and each operation was in theory identical to the ones before and after. He also had … 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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Complexity breeds stability?

Complex ecosystems may be more stable than previously thought: that’s the conclusion of a group of researchers from Japan Science and Technology Agency and Ryukoku University. These researchers believe that this is the first time anyone has studied how the … Continue reading

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Tasmanian forest agreement reached

Since we’re on the good news, in particular good news of a woody nature, here’s another item about protection of forests in Tasmania. Yesterday an agreement was announced between the Australian Federal and Tasmanian State governments and the forestry industry … 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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