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  • Business leaders give forest destroyer April one year to reform

    Blogpost by Richardg - January 22, 2014 at 16:14

    Forest destruction by APRIL in Sumatra, Indonesia

    Pressure is mounting on April, the notorious forest destroyer that is determinedly trying to pulp what’s left of Indonesia's rainforests. This afternoon, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development gave April an ultimatum: put down the chainsaws or get out of the clubhouse.

    April – or Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited, to give it its full title – is the second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia. The largest paper company, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), agreed to stop clearing rainforest just over a year ago following a successful campaign by Greenpeace and other organisations.

    It's ridiculous that April, Indonesia's number one cause of deforestation for pulp, is a member of any organisation with susta... Read more >

  • Q&A published in Yale Environment 360. 

    In a Yale Environment 360 interview, the outspoken executive director of Greenpeace discusses why his organization’s activists braved imprisonment in Russia to stop Arctic oil drilling and what needs to be done to make a sharp turn away from fossil fuels and toward a green energy economy.

    by Diane Toomey

    Kumi Naidoo, the international executive director of Greenpeace, is intimately familiar with the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform in the Russian Arctic. In August 2012, he and five other Greenpeace activists were hosed down with frigid water and pelted with pieces of metal as they attempted to climb aboard the platform, which recently became the first offshore installation to begin producing oil in the Arctic Ocean. 

    Greenpeace and Prirazlomnaya were b... Read more >

  • The importance of being a big tree

    Blogpost by Dr Janet Cotter - January 17, 2014 at 12:47

    We know that forests are biodiversity-rich, and we know they provide us with essential ecosystem services, such as regulating water flows and influencing weather patterns. One ecosystem service often discussed these days is the role of forests in helping regulate the amount of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. A new analysis in Nature, one of the top scientific journals, demonstrates that big, mature trees play an important part in this role.

    Trees in the Retezat National Park in the Carpathian Mountains.

    Forests store large amounts of carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. They store nearly 300 billion tonnes of carbon in their living parts (biomass) – roughly 30 times the annual amount of emissions created by burning fossil fuels [1]. But when forests are degraded or destroyed, this carbon is released into th... Read more >

  • Neil Young and Petropolis

    Blogpost by Laura Severinac - January 16, 2014 at 16:11

    Canadian musician Neil Young has created a media storm around his Canadian tour to help defend First Nation land against the unbridled expansion of the tar sands. Called 'Honor the Treaties', all profits of the four-city tour will benefit the legal defense for the people of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN).

    In his calm, articulate rage, Young has used his influence and creative mind to take on the Canadian government, shaming Prime Minster Stephen Harper and his government for paving the way for tar sands destruction in the name of economic progress.

     

    Petropolis - Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (condensed) from Grimthorpe Film onVimeo.

    Several days before the tour kicked off, Neil Young’s managers contacted Peter Mettler, also an artist of influence a... Read more >

  • What is the chemical that just contaminated West Virginia's drinking water?

    Blogpost by Claudette Juska - January 13, 2014 at 11:15