Trees Against Trump

Want a simple and yet effective way to oppose Trump's environmental policies?  Now you can donate to "Trump Forest," an effort to completely offset the effects of Trump's disastrous climate policies - including his dismantling of the Clean Power Plan - by planting 1 billion trees worldwide.  Yes, that's 1 billion trees or the absorption... Continue Reading →

Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Technology is Already Changing How we Protect the World’s Rainforests

Recently there have been many breakthroughs in commercially available satellite monitoring technology, and especially in how it's used to protect one of Earth's most precious terrestrial ecosystems — rainforests. Mongabay just reported on a new set of free, open-source software tools (Collect Earth) that lets any person monitor deforestation and landscape-level changes (and track their causes)... Continue Reading →

More Evidence that Community-Managed Rainforests are Best at Preventing Deforestation

With tropical deforestation rates so high these days and many of the world's species in peril as a result of a man-made global Sixth Extinction Event in the making, it can be difficult to remember that there are many promising new strategies to permanently protect the world's forests. These range from corporate zero-deforestation pledges to new satellite monitoring... Continue Reading →

People are the Solution: Three Examples of Community-Based Conservation that are Thriving even under the Most Difficult Conditions

There has been a lot of talk recently about the Earth's impending (or current) 6th Mass Extinction event, climate change and our ever-increasing human population — and especially how the increase in the number of people on the planet is driving the former two crises. While it is undoubtedly true that more people means more use of... Continue Reading →

Colombia Adds 2,192 mi² of Indigenous Reserves to Stop Deforestation and Prepare for Climate Change

The Colombian government recently announced the expansion of the two indigenous reserves of Puerto Sabalo-Los Monos and Monochoa in Caquetá province by an amazing 567,890 hectares (2,192 mi²) — creating a connected area greater than the size of Honduras!  The primary aims of these new reserves are to help stop deforestation and forest degradation, connect previously isolated natural... Continue Reading →

How Smallholder Tree Plantations Are Contributing to the Sustainability of Vietnam’s Forests

The Shift toward Smallholder Production and Sustainable Plantations The Guardian recently ran a very interesting photo-essay on how smallholder tree plantations are helping prevent deforestation and "reforest" Vietnam.  This is somewhat surprising because tree plantations tend to be mono-cultures that support much lower levels of biodiversity than natural forests.  In addition, the foreign fast-growing species being planted in Vietnam are... Continue Reading →

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