Things Are Good: No Need to Deforest the Planet for More Food

One of the leading causes of deforestation right now is food production. As population levels grow we need more land to feed more people and this as resulted in the cutting down of forests for arable land. We’ve already seen that a simple diet change can protect forests and save wildlife, and that one can ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Big Question Now is When?

Several years ago a non-governmental organization, the Global Footprint Network, came to my attention.  GFN’s purpose was to monitor the state of the biomass around the world on a global, regional and national basis. GFN published this annual report marking what they called “World Overshoot Day.”  This was the date each year by which mankind ...

The Disaffected Lib: How South Americans are Killing Their Environment

In some places, cutting down trees can have huge consequences.  In South America, the impacts are especially far-reaching.  Deforestation has picked up again in the Amazon.  That, in turn, is causing havoc to the region’s hydrological cycle, triggering severe drought. The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be ...

Things Are Good: Google Launches Deforestation Watch

Global Forest Watch is a new project from Google to highlight the deforestation that has been happening around the planet since the year 2000. Google is working with a lot of organizations to bring this information to light (including the World Resources Institute). Global Forest Watch’s most valuable feature, developers say, is that it can ...

the reeves report: Ontario Forests Will Be Net Carbon Source Until 2040

Ontario Forest in Spring. (Flickr image by jd_09) Ontario’s Crown forests are expected to remain a net source of carbon emissions for the next three decades, according to the latest forestry report from the Ministry of Natural Resources. The latest State of Ontario’s Forests report released January 3 – the third issued by the government, this one covering the ...

Things Are Good: ForestWatchers Wants You to Look at Forests

Forests around the world are in danger and a new group, ForestWatchers, is looking to the average person to save all the trees. It’s a very simple idea: use people to scan tree lines from images to help scientists focus their efforts. Citizen science for the win! We propose a new paradigm in conservationism based ...

Canadian Progressive: World Forest Area Still on the Decline

World Forest Area Still on the Decline (via sustainablog) By Emily E. Adams Forests provide many important goods, such as timber and paper. They also supply essential services—for example, they filter water, control water runoff, protect soil, regulate climate, cycle and store nutrients, and provide habitat for countless animal species and space for recreation…