Rural ‘environmental income’ on par with crop income, study finds

Global Forest Information Service - 11 hours 31 min ago
BOGOR, Indonesia — Natural forests and wildlands across 58 tropical research sites provide 28 percent of total household income — nearly as much as crops — according to a new study. The study, titled “Environmental Income and Rural Livelihoods: A Global-Comparative Analysis,” is the product of the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN), a collaborative effort led... Read more
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United Kingdom: Goldsmith backs campaign to protect ‘national jewel’ Kew Gardens

Global Forest Information Service - Sun, 2014-04-20 22:22
Independent: Kew Gardens is a “national jewel” and it would be a “tragedy” if its funding is cut excessively, Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has warned. Mr Goldsmith, a former editor of The Ecologist magazine, urged the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in a number of letters not to damage the research carried out at Kew or harm its international reputation. Ministers have been accused of breaking the law by cutting Kew’s funding, resulting in the loss of 120 jobs. As revealed in The...
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It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

Global Forest Information Service - Sun, 2014-04-20 20:01
Forbes: OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two of its Working Group reports at the end of last month (WGI and WGIII), and their short discussion...
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In Indonesia, new Riau burning season threatens

Global Forest Information Service - Sun, 2014-04-20 17:59
Reuters: One of Indonesia's most unique biosphere reserves is at risk of being destroyed by forest fires unless local and national government can work together to save it, a UNESCO expert says. Covering around 700,000 hectares of the Bengkalis and Siak subdistricts of Riau province, Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu was declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 2009, in recognition of the way it balances conservation and sustainable use. Giam Siak is home to two wildlife reserves that provide a sanctuary...
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Plants that regulate sprouting tackle climate change well

Global Forest Information Service - Sun, 2014-04-20 08:00
Indo-Asian News Service: lants with the ability to regulate the timing of germination in response to environmental cues are more likely to spin off new species and are better at dealing with weather threats from climate change. Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, a study said. Plants whose seeds have since lost the ability may be prone to extinction under future climate change, especially if the timing of sprouting is no longer in tune with their environment,...
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Specimen Collection Threatens Endangered Species

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2014-04-19 19:02
Nature World: Current specimen collection methods are threatening endangered species, a team of researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) says. In a time when habitat loss and global climate change are already causing concern, biologists are growing increasingly sensitive to their means of identifying species. "We are drawing attention to this issue as an important question bearing on the ethical responsibilities of field biologists," ASU School of Life Sciences conservation expert Ben Minteer said...
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Protest at Kew Gardens' endangered jobs and funds reaches 50,000 – and growing

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2014-04-19 18:20
Independent: Ministers were last night accused of breaking the law by cutting funding to Kew Gardens, a move that will axe 120 jobs at the world’s leading centre for conservation and plant science. Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, to reverse the cuts that have contributed to Kew’s £5m deficit. MPs have signed a Commons motion opposing the cuts, while local councillors in Richmond, Kew Gardens’ west London home, are being emailed...
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Researchers rethink 'natural' habitat for wildlife

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 22:14
Protecting wildlife while feeding a world population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050 will require a holistic approach to conservation that considers human-altered landscapes such as farmland, according to researchers. A new study finds that a long-accepted theory used to estimate extinction rates, predict ecological risk and make conservation policy recommendations is overly pessimistic. The researchers point to an alternative framework that promises a more effective way of accounting for human-altered landscapes and assessing ecological risks.
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Takeaways from 2014 Yale Women In Leadership Conference

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 20:58
On February 1st, 2014 Yale Women in Leadership Conference, hosted by the Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative, took place at Yale Law School. The conference featured an impressive array of speakers and programming, ranging from a historic review of women at Yale...
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Philomath High School shows off forestry studies

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 20:10

John Burnett, an OSU forestry graduate student who is researching using unmanned aerial vehicles to survey timber lands, gave one of the event’s presentations. He said he believes the devices will be the center of a new service industry for timber companies in the next few years.(more)

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Happy Environmental Education Week!

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 20:00
It’s National Environmental Education Week, and that means we’re celebrating all the wonderful schools and organizations around the world who work to connect youths and their families to the natural world. In my own experience growing up, I was fortunate to be connected to the natural world through amazing school programs and outdoor adventures with […]
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Synthesis of wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate research

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 19:24
Scientific research that describes the current state of knowledge, critical knowledge gaps, and importance of fire emissions for global climate and terrestrial carbon cycling is the focus of nine science syntheses published in a special issue in the Forest Ecology and Management (FORECO) Journal titled, Wildland Fire Emissions, Carbon, and Climate: Science Overview and Knowledge Needs.
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College Earns Spot in Guide to Green Colleges from Princeton Review

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:03
ESF is listed in the 2014 Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges.
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SUNY-ESF's Gateway Center Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 14:37
The Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has achieved LEED Platinum certification, the highest level attainable under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
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Scientists predict modern society collapse

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 13:47
Examiner: Using research tools developed for another NASA activity, some researchers have published a report on the current civilization's doom. It asserts that estimated carrying capacity is a practical early way of detecting collapse. The study assesses the risk for collapse from five factors, population, climate, water, agriculture and energy. Whenever these have merged into two main criteria in the past 5,000 years, society has collapsed. The two are "the stretching of resources due to the strain placed...
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Green Deal event for the promotion of sustainable forest management - 15 May 2014 in Almere, the Netherlands

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:54
Conservation of tropical rainforest through stimulation of the demand for sustainable tropical timber
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World’s longest rice experiment seeks answers vs. climate change

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 07:00
GMA: Clouds hung heavy over the rice fields at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna last April 15, seemingly auguring dark times ahead for the world’s longest-running rice experiment, which turned 52 on that day. "Mukhang uulan," said Tony Lambino, IRRI’s Head of Communications, just as the celebrations for the Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment’s (LTCCE’s) anniversary were about to begin. World’s longest-running rice experiment Since 1962, the LTCCE has been working to...
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Botswana bushmen: 'If you deny us right to hunt, you are killing us'

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 06:59
Guardian: It costs £500 a night to stay in a luxury safari camp in the Kalahari desert in Botswana. For that price, wealthy tourists get drinks, game drives and, says one tour company, an "interpretive Bushman walk with staff members who hail from the ancient Bushman clans of the area". Visitors watch half-naked men shooting bows and arrows in the sand dunes and, if they get permission, can pay to shoot giraffe, zebra and other wildlife with guns. For Jamunda Kakelebone, a 39-year-old bushman, or San, whose...
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First Nations vows force against effluent from Northern Pulp into harbor in Nova Scotia [From the web]

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 06:00
The Pictou Landing First Nation is threatening to use force to stop the kraft pulp plant at Abercrombie Point from pumping effluent into Boat Harbour.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Park Director Survives Shooting

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2014-04-18 04:32
New York Times: Emmanuel de Merode, an internationally recognized Belgian conservationist who has been working to protect rare mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is recovering from gunshot wounds after being attacked Tuesday by unknown assailants, officials said Thursday. Mr. de Merode, 43, the director of the Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest national park, was attacked by the gunmen as he drove near Goma, not far from the border with Rwanda. He was taken to a hospital in Goma, where he...
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