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Locally produced biochar. Photo: Carbon Gold.

Biochar doubles plant growth

Oliver Tickell

7th April 2014

New research shows that biochar in soil strongly stimulates plant growth, more than doubling yields. However the extra growth may come at the cost of reduced plant defences against pests. more...
Should she go to jail? The Last Stand crew serve notice on Harvey Norman in Preston, Australia. Photo: The Last Stand via Flickr.com.

Boycotts are an essential democratic right

William Laurance

7th April 2014

In a radical departure from it's 'pro free speech' rhetoric, Australia's 'Liberal' government wants to ban environmental boycotts. But as Bill Laurance writes, eco-boycotts are not only an effective tool for reining in corporate excesses - they are also a key democratic right. more...
Talis Kalnars in 1999, in the Dinam Estate woodlands in mid-Wales. Photos: Oliver Tickell.

An inspirational forester

Phil Morgan

14th May 2014

Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value timber. more...
A 2008 aerial survey shows the Amazon tribe near the group now dispersed by drug traffickers. Photo: Gleison Miranda / FUNAI.

Brazil - drugs gang 'disappears' isolated Amazon tribe

Joel Zinn

5th April 2014

Members of a Brazilian tribe isolated from outside contact have been scattered by drug traffickers armed with sub-machine guns, writes Joel Zinn, following an armed takeover of a nearby government post. more...
H&M - now its clothes are forest-friendly. Photo: Elvert Barnes via Flickr.com.

World's two biggest clothiers go deforestation-free

The Ecologist

4th April 2014

The world's two largest clothing brands are among those that have just commited to eliminate pulp from ancient and endangered forests from all of their rayon and viscose clothing. more...
A clear-felled area of Mountain Ash, with David Lindenmayer.

A Great Forest National Park for SE Australia

Professor David Lindenmayer

1st April 2014

A few hours from Melbourne lies one of Australia's natural wonders - a soaring forest of Mountain Ash trees up to 90 metres tall, with a host of endangered species. David Lindenmayer demands a halt to the logging, and the creation of a new National Park. more...
Mangrove. Photo: Vincent Chaigneau via Flickr.com.

The world must invest in mangroves

Mark Spalding

30th March 2014

As the IPCC prepares to launch its latest climate report, Mark Spalding reports that mangrove swaps don't just protect coastlines from storms, flooding and erosion - they also sequester huge tonnages of carbon. And that makes them a super-smart investment ... more...
Invitation to the Biomess Awards 2014. Image by BioFuelWatch.

Fighting the Big Biomass Baddies

Sophie Bastable

7th April 2014

It's your chance to choose who's the worst of the six Big Biomass Baddies - the companies making a killing from burning forests in power stations. And please join us at the 'Biomess' Awards ceremony on Weds 9th April in London. more...
Hasankeyf, a 10,000 year old city in Turkey's Kurdish region, is due to be flooded by the Ilusu dam - giving common cause to the Kurdish minority, and environmental activists. Photo: Omer Unlu via Flickr.com.

After Gezi, a new eco-democratic alliance challenges Erdogan

Rosa Wild

26th March 2014

Turkey's Gezi Park protestors are finding common cause with Kurdish communities, writes Rosa Wild. Both are suffering from Erdogan's annihilation of land, forests, parks and cities in pursuit of economic growth. A new eco-democratic resistance is taking root. more...
Teak logs on the Irrawaddy River on their way from the forests of northern Myanmar to markets in Mandalay or Yangon. Photo: Terry Feuerborn via Flickr.com.

Myanmar's $6 billion illegal timber trade

The Ecologist

26th March 2014

New analysis of Burma's forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole - indicating widespread criminality and official corruption. more...
Exporting protein from Brazil to feed the pigs, cows and chickens of Europe and beyond: Cargill's soya terminal at Santarem, between Rio Amazonas and Rio Tapajos. Photo: Sara y Tzunki via Flickr.com.

Ending hunger - the rich world holds the keys

Olivier De Schutter

25th March 2014

Food - and the land we grow it on - are much too important to be left to 'free' markets, writes Olivier De Schutter. And all the more so when those markets are not really free at all, but grossly distorted in favour of the rich. more...
The Mirador mine in the Ecuadorian Amazon would be comparable in scale to the Kennecott open pit copper mine in Utah.

Ecuador - upholding the Rights of Nature

David Dene

29th April 2014

Deep in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, a gigantic open pit copper and gold mine is planned in the heart of the Shuar peoples' territory. David Dene tells the story of a growing international campaign to uphold and defend the 'Rights of Nature', in Ecuador and beyond. more...

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General Mills breakfast cereals at the Entrance to Price Chopper February 2014. Photo: Mike Mozart / JeepersMedia via Flickr.com.

General Mills promises - only deforestation-free palm oil

The Ecologist

24th March 2014

From now on General Mills, a major US food conglomerate, will buy only palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation or the loss of high carbon tropical peatlands. more...
Dancing in the forest - Baka children in the rainforest of Cameroon. The Baka have been there for millennia, but the government 'owns' the forest and its carbon. Photo: Baka.co.uk/ .

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'

Oliver Tickell

20th March 2014

A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations', more...
Stars mark sites where the researchers put the leaf bags, with colors corresponding to levels of radiation. Photo: Mousseau et al., Oecologia.

Chernobyl's forests - dead wood and leaves preserved by radiation

Rachel Nuwer / Smithsonian

24th March 2014

It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. more...
Tree losing its leaves in the Beijing smog. Photo:  Philip McMaster via Flickr.com.

Beijing's $5bn tree project - will it cut pollution?

Jun Yang

16th March 2014

Beijing is to plant trees over an area 200 times the size of Central Park in the city's latest effort to neutralise its choking pollution. But Jun Yang asks - how much will the trees really help, unless accompanied by drastic reductions in emissions? more...
Hermitage Quarry - eating into ancient woodland at Oaken Wood, Kent. Photo: Woodland Trust.

Enough is enough - protect Britain's ancient woods!

Sian Atkinson

13th March 2014

In principle ancient woodland enjoys strong protection, but that's not how it works out on the ground, reports Sian Atkinson. HS2 alone threatens 82 ancient woods, and 440 are at risk nationwide. Hence the Woodland Trust's 'Enough is Enough' campaign ... more...
Disturbing evidence of an 8x10-foot section of 'poached' burl-wood. Photo: US National Park Service.

Redwood thieves force California forest curfew

Oliver Tickell

6th March 2014

Thieves are stealing valuable growths of bud tissue from the trunks of Coast redwood trees in California, putting their long term survival at risk. Park authorities have responded by closing a road used by the thieves at night. more...
Jan and Chaparro near Cumbres de San Bartolome. Photo: Paul Barham.

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra

Jan Nimmo

22nd March 2014

The tree-clad hills of Spain's Sierra de Huelva retain their beauty, wildlife and traditions, writes Jan Nimmo, who has speant a decade exploring the area on horseback. Just one thing is missing: the throngs of people that once inhabited and managed the land. more...
Bridger Mountains. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

Defender of the Rockies

Jeffrey St. Clair

3rd March 2014

For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award. more...
Trees and hedgerows mean less run-off and erosion, reducing flooding and siltation downstream. Photo: Coed Cymru - coedcymru.org.uk/ .

Woods and trees are functioning parts of a living landscape

Mike Townsend

6th March 2014

Trees, woodlands and hedgerows do much more than enhance the appearance of Britain's rural landscapes, writes Mike Townsend. They diminish flooding, reduce erosion, assist water infiltration, enhance biodiversity - and we need more of them! more...
South Cubbington Wood near Leamington Spa has existed for many centuries. It is now under threat by the proposed HS2 railway line.

Ancient woodland loss must be recorded

Mike Townsend

9th March 2014

We need a robust and open system to accurately record the loss of ancient woodland, argues Mike Townsend. Only then can we fully realise the scale of the problem - and tackle it effectively. more...
Soldiers at an illegal logging camp on Awá land. The Brazilian government has mounted a huge operation to evict illegal invaders from the Awá's forest. © Mário Vilela / FUNAI.

Amazon: loggers, ranchers expelled from Awa lands

The Ecologist

26th February 2014

After a two year celebrity-backed campaign, Brazil is finally expelling invaders from the ancestral rainforests of the Awa Indians - just in time to avoid embarrassing World Cup protests. more...
The Maloca - from within. Photo: The Temple of the Way of Light.

Healing in the jungle

Matt Mellen

1st March 2014

Matt Mellen joined a growing number of Westerners seeking therapy with Ayahuasca, the Amazonian 'miracle medicine' for mind, body and soul. He emerged transformed, a happier version of ... himself. more...
Richard Brooks - sued for CA$7 million for defending forests. Photo: Greenpeace Canada.

Canada - fighting the legal clamp-down on dissent

Richard Brooks

25th February 2014

Richard Brooks spoke out against the destruction of Canada's publicly owned boreal forests and loss of caribou habitat. His reward - a $7 million lawsuit from the country's biggest logger, Resolute. more...

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