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Nightmare In New Guinea

The island of New Guinea — which sustains the third-largest tract of intact rainforest on the planet — is becoming the latest global deforestation nightmare. Long-protected from exploitation by its remoteness, steep terrain, and fiercely independent native peoples, the island is now rapidly losing forest to logging projects and palm oil development....

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Carbon Collapse In Fragmented Forests

As we all know, habitat fragmentation is an enormous peril to Earth’s biodiversity.  And it increasingly appears to be a danger to our climate as well. As humans fragment forests they create large amounts of abrupt, artificial forest edge.  In the tropics, for example, there is now an incredible 50 million kilometers...

The Overwhelming Value Of Trees

The Overwhelming Value Of Trees

Want to be healthy and happy?  Plant a tree — or better yet, save one from being bulldozed or chopped down. That’s because the more we learn about trees, the more we realize they are really really good for us. They’re not just vital for birds, monkeys and other wildlife.  They’re essential...

Environmental Nightmare For The Amazon

Environmental Nightmare For The Amazon

ALERT member Philip Fearnside, arguably the world’s leading authority on Amazon conservation, tells us about chilling recent events in Brazil: The last two months have seen a spectacular series of blows to Brazil’s environmental licensing system and other eco-protections. These have occurred in the days and even hours leading up to a...

Why Do We Support Dumb Development?

Why Do We Support Dumb Development?

Many people argue that societies must exploit their land and natural resources to prosper. But even if you accept this, why are we supporting ‘dumb development’ — projects that destroy and pollute ecosystems while just losing money? In Malaysian Borneo, for example, research by Nicola Abrams and her colleagues has shown that...

Biodiversity In Queensland Is Being Bulldozed to Oblivion

April Reside, a leading ecologist, tells us about scary prospects for wildlife in Queensland, Australia: Queensland has once again become a global land-clearing hotspot, after its vegetation laws were torn up by the previous state government. Since then, the rate of forest, woodland, and regrowth destruction has more than doubled. Land clearing...

Europe’s Greatest Old-Growth Forest Faces the Axe

Europe’s Greatest Old-Growth Forest Faces the Axe

(c) Rafał Kowalczyk Leading European ecologists Malgorzata Blicharska and Richard Smithers are worried about the imminent demise of Europe’s most important near-natural forest. How can we plead with developing nations to save their forests if developed nations won’t do the same? The largest tract of old-growth forest in Europe, Białowieża Forest in...

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