Armed militia enters a wildlife refuge in Oregon: no military attempt to overtake. But when you have Peaceful Native Americans protesting: send in the military. Somebody needs to dismantle our military machine; they're currently owned and run by corporations.
An investment of US $30 billion per year, which is under 7% of the US $480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies, in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can accelerate the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term well being of tens of millions in developing countries– stated the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) of a new report they released today. http://bit.ly/2dsW0mX
Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change. REDD+ is an initiative that aims to slow the loss of forests. But how will it work in practice and what are the challenges? http://www.forestday.org/publications/redd-101.html
Just another reason to switch to fuel efficient transportation - your car is killing the rainforest.
US imports of crude oil from the Amazon are driving the destruction of some of the rainforest ecosystem’s most pristine areas and releasing copious amounts of greenhouse gases, according to a new report. http://bit.ly/2dwZeLv
In Peru, we are in the process of developing a working relationship with the Llama Pack Project, an organization that is trying to reintroduce a pure-bred line of llamas back into Andean Communities in the Sacred Valley. Many people in rural communities have either adopted the use of horses and mules since they carry more weight, or their llama stocks have been mixed with alpaca which produces an animal that can neither carry heavy loads nor produce a fine fiber. Unfortunately, cattle and horses have a much greater impact on the environment because they damage the fragile soils of glacial valleys with their hooves and they feed on native vegetation by pulling up their roots. However, llamas are naturally adapted to the environment after having been selected from wild guanacos for thousands of years.
Recently, as part of the Conservation Science course in Peru, students hiked a glacial valley up to the Andean Community Cancha Cancha (3962m; 13000ft) - a relatively poor rural community surrounded by mountains and glacial peaks including Sahuasiray and Chicon. Aside from herding llamas, students learned about llama breeding practices, ecotourism in the Andes, and about reforestation efforts of one of the highest growing tree species in the world, Polylepsis spp., which is found in remnant populations throughout the Sacred Valley. Although this species is highly resistant to fire and cold temperatures, it has also been harvested throughout most of the Peruvian Andes.
We look forward to working closely with the Llama Pack Project to develop field research that benefits the local community while at the same time providing students with hands-on conservation experience.
Did you know that 25% of species on the Endangered Species List are found in Hawaii? It's been labelled the extinction capital of the world. Climate change is about to drive many more to extinction. This is on top of the hundreds of species that have already gone extinct in Hawaii due to habitat degradation, invasive species, and disease. http://wapo.st/2cS1bld
Imagine there are 10 million storage facilities out there with ancient texts within them and I told you that we were just demolishing and burning them without ever opening them and seeing what's inside. The thought of doing so would be considered insane. And yet, that's what we're doing around the world by logging and burning rainforests. Each species we lose to extinction is a species that holds billions of years of history and information within its DNA. A species that could cure cancer could be lost forever just so we can consume palm oil. Or, a species that has been around for millions of years could be gone simply because of our insatiable desire to consume meat. Most research suggests that we have only described 10% of all species in existence. And we are losing these species at a rate of 27,000 per year, never knowing what billions of years of information was held inside them. @IUCN @theeconomist @IUCNCongress @NatGeoChannel @ConservationOrg @TropicalConservationFund
For more information about the current mass extinction that is a result of human anthropogenic disturbances, please follow some of these articles. @AmazonWatch @NatGeo @IUCNRedList @WWF @CNN
You know the natural world is in trouble when the leading scientist of the Nature Conservancy, Peter Kareiva, says, "instead of pursing the protection of biodiversity for biodiversity's sake, a new conservation should seek to enhance those natural systems that benefit the widest number of people." What?
"What do we value about the Amazon forest? Do people seek to protect it because they believe it is 'pristine' and 'pre-human'? Clearly not, since it's inhabited and harvested by large numbers of tribal people, some of whom have been there for millennia. The Amazon is not important because it is untouched; it's important because it is wild, in the sense that it is self-willed. Humans live in and from it, but it is not created or controlled by them. It teems with a great, shifting, complex diversity of both human and nonhuman life, and no species dominates the mix. It is a complex, working ecosystem which is also a human-culture system, because in any kind of worthwhile world, the two are linked." - Keeping the Wild
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