Modified wood product aims to save hardwood forests from the axe

 

Australia's famed hardwood tree - the Eucalyptus obliqua - could be spared in favor of 3Wood

Australia’s famed hardwood tree – the Eucalyptus obliqua – could be spared in favor of 3Wood

Waste is a terrible thing, particularly when it comes to the use of hardwood trees. The World Wildlife Fund says that about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s a huge amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from deforestation.

David Lewis, Australia’s Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) Director and co-developer,  says “if you take a big tree, only a small percentage of that becomes hardwood; the rest is chipped and burned.”

But there’s hope on the horizon.

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New partnership aims to reverse deforestation and global warming

One of California's giant coastal redwoods that's been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

One of California’s giant coastal redwoods that’s been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

On May 28th, two powerful entities came together to take on two serious climate-related issues and make a positive impact on our children’s future.

Planetary Emissions Management, Inc. and non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive announced a partnership that will integrate innovative forest carbon measurement with environmental financial products along with the genetics of the largest trees on the planet.

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World’s largest wealth fund drops PepsiCo partner because of profits from unsustainable palm oil

Palm oil plantation and deforestation likely caused by Indiofood partner, photo by Wakx, flickr

Palm oil plantation and deforestation likely caused by Indiofood partner, photo by Wakx, flickr

Consumers are speaking up and corporations are paying attention. And, like us, they’re voting with their dollars.

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Don’t hope for a better world – Create it (by planting trees)!

Republic of Change Hack Climate Madagascar Mangrove Trees 2Global deforestation is growing at a devastatingly breakneck rate. In the 50 years leading up to December 2014, we lost the equivalent of 68,000 soccer fields daily. Currently we’re losing 72,000 fields every day! That’s over 74,000 acres of trees daily. It’s high time to act according to Republic of Change.

To learn more about this visionary organization’s initiative to empower people to help reforest the planet, see the full article here.

New report shows that existing climate solutions could cut global emissions by 25%

Lake Mendocino drought conditions 2013Imagine this: What if there were ways that would really and effectively fight climate change? Would government leaders embrace them?

It turns out that there already are 17 solutions out there that would let the world could cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 12 gigatonnes [2] in 2030. These are established and proven climate solutions – no new inventions required, and no vast amounts of capital necessary to have them work.

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Greenpop teaches kids about the importance of trees and reforestation

Deforestation in Africa

With deforestation, less than 30 percent of Africa’s rainforests still exist

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the world has lost 80 percent of the forests that originally blanketed the earth. Since trees are the largest source of breathable oxygen and carbon storage, that’s a huge deficit we’ve created.

Deforestation in Africa is a critical issue. Logging and conversion of forest land to agriculture are the main culprits.  According to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, only 22.8 percent of West Africa’s moist forests remain, much of this degraded.
Education and planting trees to reverse deforestation are the goals of the non-profit Greenpop, which was founded in 2010 as an effort to educate underprivileged schoolchildren about the importance of protecting the planet. It’s become o a movement backed by thousands of volunteers who’ve “joined the “treevolution”” and are helping facilitate the planting of over 40,00 trees in 286 communities throughout Southern Africa.

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Saving ancient redwoods – this “impossible” idea is now a worldwide success

David Milarch, founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive project

David Milarch, founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive project

Drought has become a serious threat for many countries across the globe. With it, one of the serious repercussions can be seen in Nature and the death of many of our forests through extreme heat and insects that bore into the heart of the trees. Centuries-old forests are dying across the U.S.

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