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  • 6 reasons stopping deforestation (still) matters

    Blogpost by Jason Schwartz - May 15, 2014 at 20:41

    Over the past few years, we’ve gained significant ground in getting major companies to move toward forest-friendly business models. You might think that means deforestation is beginning to be a thing of the past.

    We want it to be. Unfortunately, threats to forests are only increasing. Just last year, the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rose — for the first time since 2008.

    A barge loaded with timber in Para state. The top image of this post also depicts logging operations in Para.

    Deforestation is not just an environmental issue. It’s an everything issue. Here are six reasons you can tell.

    1. Forest loss is not decreasing. Although they still cover about 30% of the earth’s land area, we lose an area roughly equivalent to the size of Panama in forested land every year... Read more >

  • Is the Green Party banking on an oily future?

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - May 14, 2014 at 15:34

    Yesterday, the Green Party launched a pre-budget policy … “as a first step in accelerating New Zealand's transition to a smarter greener economy” …but from what we’ve seen so far, there a few glaring issues with how they propose to get the green economy into the black.

    They’ve said they would set up a “Green Investment Bank”, if they get into government. The bank would use public funds to leverage private investment, in order to rewire our economy and harness New Zealand’s clean energy expertise. Co-leader Russel Norman argues it could reduce pollution, create jobs and deliver solutions to environmental problems like climate change.

    And as was pointed out, New Zealand would not be the first to create such a bank. Many of our trading partners in UK, Germany and the US have successfully set...

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  • FSC at a Crossroads

    Blogpost by Catharine Grant - May 13, 2014 at 10:26

    Greenpeace considers the Forest Stewardship Council to be the only credible global certification standard for good forest management. There are many reasons for this, but it is mostly because FSC is a three-chamber system that has representation from economic players as well as environmental NGOs and social groups. It also sets the highest ecological bar because its mandate is to "protect forests" and to only allow responsible forestry.

    FSC at a CrossroadsHowever, 20 years on, FSC is now at a crossroads. The system has grown enormously as the FSC logo has gained international market recognition. This is partly because conservation groups, such as Greenpeace, have invested heavily in promoting FSC practices. However, as the system has grown, the quality of certification has diminished in some areas.

    While FS... Read more >