Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation
Katie Polhman, June 08, 2016
Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation. The Norwegian Parliament pledged May 26 that the government’s public procurement policy will be deforestation-free. Any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used in the Scandinavian country.
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Vic Bishop, Staff Writer
Just under the radar of public concerns is the fact that bees and pollinator insects are dying off in catastrophic numbers, and if we are unable to reverse this trend, we face a very different kind of future. Bees in particular appear to be acutely affected by neonicotinoid pesticides along with other fungicides and herbicides. They are losing their habitats.
Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch
A new study has found that exposure to certain pesticides can alter bees‘ genes, leading researchers to call for tougher regulations on the widely-used chemicals.
The study, published Wednesday in Molecular Ecology, looked at the impact of two neonicotinoidpesticides on bumblebee populations and found that they impacted genes involved in a variety of important biological processes.
via Pesticide Exposure Changes Bees’ Genes — Waking Times
Australia’s undeniably hot summer has brought in an extreme heatwave which took a devastating toll on animals, killing millions in a matter of months. According to Bob Henson, meteorologist in weather.com, at least 28 locations within the country have hit an all time high with temperatures reaching above 121 degrees.
Along with the extreme heat and intense drought the country is facing right now, water in the rivers have also been diverted for unsustainable farming for cotton and other types of crop production which are killing millions of fish and algae….Read more
via Extreme Heatwaves Have Hit Australia And Their Animals Are Dying By The Millions — True Activist
The mammoth project has planted saplings of more than 290 species of trees, and seen the return of many species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.
The project serves as a beacon to awaken awareness of the need to restore and conserve forest land.
This project is the result of an ambitious initiative taken in the late 1990s by renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado…..Read more
via The Result of a Brazilian 20-Year Reforestation Project of Over 2.7 Million Trees — Humans Are Free
A first-of-its-kind map has unveiled widespread environmental damage and contamination of the Amazon rainforest caused by the rise illegal mining.The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countries…Read more
via Shocking New Map Unveils Illegal Mining Destroying the Amazon — Humans Are Free
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch Waking Times A first-of-its-kind map has unveiled widespread environmental damage and contamination of the Amazon rainforest caused by the rise illegal mining. The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countries—Bolivia, Brazil,……Read more
via Unprecedented New Map Unveils Illegal Mining Destroying Amazon — Waking Times