1. sabelmouse:

    peacepanther:

    This mother was found on a palm oil plantation because her forest canopy had been destroyed. A mob beat her, then tried drowning her in a swimming pool. After the photo was taken she died, her baby was rescued. THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN INDONESIA AND MAYLASIA. EVERY DAY. 70% OF THE RAINFOREST IS GONE FOREVER. EVERY BAR OF SOAP AT WHOLE FOODS contains palm oil.! Most packaged foods you buy also do. Boycott palm oil now to stop this. Please READ Peace Panthers article on how to detect palm oil in your products: http://www.ultraculture.org/palm-oil/

    of course the humans there need to live as well. 

    Cash crops don’t really benefit poor communities. They can’t eat it, only export it - for a fraction of its a Western market value. That’s if they own the company, but usually that’s foreign, too. So they get paid a pittance, with which they have to buy imported food, the cost of which fluctuates with the international market. Meanwhile the profits go overseas, their natural resources are severely depleted, the rivers silted and polluted, the land overused & soil turned into dirt. What are they left with? Survival. Perhaps. There must be a better way for them, the rainforest and the Orangutans. We just need to think smarter, question more, & be willing to change (as opposed to just expecting them too).

     
  2. jtotheizzoe:

    The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo

    The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River.

    Delicious AND helpful. Who knew?

    (photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)

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  4. currentsinbiology:

    First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems

    In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.

    While trees’ pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of less than 1 percent, the impacts of that improvement are substantial. Researchers valued the human health effects of the reduced air pollution at nearly $7 billion every year in a study published recently in the journal Environmental Pollution. “Tree and Forest Effects on Air Quality and Human Health in the United States,” is available online at: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/46102

    "With more than 80 percent of Americans living in urban area, this research underscores how truly essential urban forests are to people across the nation," said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory. "Information and tools developed by Forest Service research are contributing to communities valuing and managing the 138 million acres of trees and forests that grace the nation’s cities, towns and communities."

    English oak leaf pores or stomata (Quercus robur)

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  5. "

    So you put solace and sense of place and social value and personal goals and supportive personal relationships and strong and inclusive communities all together into one figure and you come out with £290 per household per year.

    All we require now is for the Cabinet Office to give us a price for love and a true value for society and we will have a single figure for the meaning of life.

    I know what you’re thinking: it’s 42. But Deep Thought failed to anticipate the advent of Strictly Come Dancing, which has depreciated the will to live to the extent that it’s now been downgraded to 41.

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  6. awkwardsituationist:

    for over a thousand years, the indigenous nenets people have moved seasonally with their reindeer along ancient migration routes in the yamal peninsula. but this remote region of northwest siberia, a vast tundra wilderness that stretches deep into the arctic ocean, is now under heavy threat from global warming.

    traditionally, the nenets cross the frozen ob river in november and set up camp in the southern forests around nadym, where their reindeer graze on moss and lichen pastures. in recent years, however, this annual winter pilgrimage has been delayed until late december when the river is thick enough to traverse.

    “our reindeer were hungry. there wasn’t enough pasture,” jakov japtik, a nenets reindeer herder, said. “the snow is melting sooner, quicker and faster than before. in spring it’s difficult for the reindeer to pull the sledges. they get tired.” added sergie hudi, “the reindeer for us are everything — our home, our food, our warmth and our transportation.”

    last year the nenets arrived at a regular summer camping spot only to discover that half of the lake had drained away after a landslide. while landslides do occur naturally, scientists say there is unmistakable evidence that yamal’s ancient permafrost is melting. winter temperatures, for example, have gone up ten degrees celsius in the last hundred years.

    ”it’s an indication of the global warming process,” says vladimir tchouprov for greenpeace russia. “the melting of russia’s permafrost could have catastrophic results for the world by releasing billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide and methane that was previously trapped in the frozen soil.” he adds that if temperatures continue to climb, much of russia’s northern region will be turned into impenetrable swamp.

    the yamal peninsula also contains the biggest gas reserves on the planet, and gazprom, russia’s state energy giant, is building several ambitious infrastructure projects across the tundra which threaten the peninsula’s delicate arctic ecology and disrupt the nenets’ migration routes.

    photos by bryan and cherry alexander (previously featured). story adapted from luke harding for the guardian and joanna eede for survival international. (previous climate change and arctic posts)

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  9. skepticalavenger:

    We’re all made of the same stuff, just arranged a little differently.

    via We Are Wildness

    Tagged #trees #ecology
     

  10. To the President of the French Republic, François Hollande

    "We, the citizens of France and the world, urge you to support the European proposal to ban deep-sea bottom trawling, which is recognized as one of the most destructive fishing methods in history. This underperforming, subsidy dependent, unprofitable activity concerns less than a dozen vessels in France, whereas its environmental impact is highly disproportionate: huge weighted nets rake and destroy the most vulnerable ocean ecosystems, catching more than 100 species, which are discarded but count endangered animals. These industrial fisheries devastate our natural heritage by scraping the longest-lived animals on the planet: corals that are thousands of years old, and that should be preserved like Egyptian mummies are.
    Mr. Hollande, we ask you to honor the promise of “Environmental Excellence” that you gave to the French and to put an end to the deforestation of the deep oceans which brings disgrace on France. We ask you to fully support the proposal to ban deep-sea bottom trawling.”