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Can trees soften the blow of a natural disaster?

Metla Finland - 4 hours 55 min ago

By Rodel Lasco In November of 2013 one of the strongest-ever tropical cyclones landed on the Philippines’ shoreline. Haiyan practically flattened its epicenter, Tacloban City, killed more than 6,000 people and set the country back an estimated US$ 1 billion in damage to property and infrastructure. Such extreme weather events are among the most dramatic […] 2 reads
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Students, too, restore furniture for Finnish Presidential Palace

Metla Finland - 5 hours 22 min ago
During the renovation of the Presidential Palace a major part of its antique furniture is restored. Some of the restoration is entrusted to students.
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Partnership launched between three forestry organisations

Metla Finland - 5 hours 45 min ago
The Royal Forestry Society, Small Woods Association and the Sylva Foundation have formed a partnership - working together to support woodland owners in caring for their woodlands.
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Minor fire at KapStone's Longview mill

Metla Finland - 6 hours 25 min ago
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation had a minor fire in one of its paper machines at its Longview, WA mill on April 13, 2014. The fire was quickly contained resulting in no injuries, overall damage of less than $10,000, and rapid resumption of production.
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UN: REDD+, green economy are inseparable; concerns for equity remain

Metla Finland - 7 hours 2 min ago
Editor’s Note: REDD+ will be a key theme of discussion at the upcoming Forests Asia Summit, 5-6 May in Jakarta, Indonesia. One discussion forum at the Summit, Seeing Green in REDD – sharing experiences on the equity and economics of REDD+ pilot projects, will draw together successful experiences in implementing REDD+ projects on the ground, with an emphasis on the challenges... Read more
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UPM Biofore House in Helsinki receives LEED platinum certification by US Green Building Council

Metla Finland - 9 hours 45 min ago
UPM Biofore House in Helsinki, Finland has been awarded LEED® Platinum Certification established by U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.
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Global study sheds light on challenges to REDD+

Metla Finland - 10 hours 52 min ago
An incentive program to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation — known by the acronym REDD+ — risks losing momentum over issues of land tenure and economic viability, a new study indicates. The challenges are surmountable, researchers say, adding that a binding international climate agreement could go a long way in bolstering the REDD+ program’s prospects for mitigating climate change.
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From policy to action with REDD

Metla Finland - 13 hours 26 min ago

An article on the European Commission’s Research and Innovation website summarizes outcomes from REDD-ALERT project which ran from 2009-2012 with 12 partner organizations and a focus on 4

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Climate change the focus of status report on African agriculture

Metla Finland - 13 hours 27 min ago

The 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report is expected to focus on the effects of climate change on smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and how climate smart agriculture can increase productiv

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Handy E-Resources for Redwoods Trips

Metla Finland - 14 hours 32 min ago
Want to hike or camp in the redwoods?  Don’t know where to go, don’t have a car, or need a last minute camp site? Or maybe you don’t want to go alone, or are wondering if your dog will be welcome.  Don’t let the unknowns keep you indoors —there’s an app for that, or a […]
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Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits

Metla Finland - 14 hours 44 min ago
Reuters: Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup, said on Tuesday it wants holders of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games. The World Cup begins June 12 and Brazil's Environment Ministry said it has launched a program to convince owners of credits to exchange them for publicity in official documents of the event. The country, which is spending 26 billion...
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West African Ebola Outbreak May be Coming Under Control

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 23:04
Nature World: The deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa appears to be getting under control, according to Guinea's health ministry. In recent weeks, Ebola has been confirmed or suspected in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. At least 119 people in the region are believed to have died after contracting Ebola, with the majority of cases being reported in Guinea, according to the most recent data available from the World Health Organization (WHO). "The number of new cases have fallen rapidly,"...
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Long lives, big impacts: human life expectancy linked to extinction

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 22:03
Mongabay: Since the arrival of Homo sapiens, other species have been going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Most scientists now agree that extinction rates are between 100 and 1000 times greater than before humans existed. Working out what is driving these extinctions is fiendishly complicated, but a new study by scientists from the University of California, Davis and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit suggests that human life expectancy may be partly to blame. “Increased life expectancy...
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Is it time for a real war on cars?

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 21:55
straight: In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a “war on cars”. Of course, there is no war on cars--but there should be. Cars directly kill and hurt more people every year than most diseases, resulting in 1.5 million deaths and 78 million injuries needing medical care, according to the World Bank. Road injury is the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. Pollution from cars also causes acute and chronic health problems that...
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Congo Basin Deforestation Contributes Rising Regional Temperatures

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:02
Nature World: As global temperatures are expected to rise by 2050, deforestation in the Congo Basin could exacerbate regional temperature extremes by a factor of half, according to new research. Current models predict that by 2050, Central Africa will be an average of 1.4 degrees Celsius hotter than it is today as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions, and deforestation will add 0.7 degrees Celsius to that figure, according to a study by University of Leuven in Belgium. Deforestation in the Congo Basin...
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Web of Intrigue: New Spider Species Spotted on Fort Pierre National Grassland

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:00
When a new species is discovered on the planet, people usually imagine a discovery process that is dangerous and remote in location. However, one scientist didn’t have to venture far from home to learn about a few new discoveries that has the science community spinning about a native grassland ecosystem in South Dakota. Arachnid hunter [...]
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Web of Intrigue: New Spider Species Spotted on Fort Pierre National Grasslands

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:00
When a new species is discovered on the planet, people usually imagine a discovery process that is dangerous and remote in location. However, one scientist didn’t have to venture far from home to learn about a few new discoveries that has the science community spinning about a native grassland ecosystem in South Dakota. Arachnid hunter [...]
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Nearly a thousand environmental activists murdered since 2002

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:34
Mongabay: At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that another NGO, Survival International, released a video of a gunman terrorizing a Guarani indigenous community in Brazil, which has recently resettled on land taken from them by ranchers decades ago. According to the report,...
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Moth Study shows Climate Change Effects Masked

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:02
Nature World: While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view. "You see it getting warmer, you see it getting wetter, and you see that the moth populations are either...
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