This Biodegradable Paper Donut Could Let Us Reforest The Planet. Environmental degradation is one of the "greatest environmental challenges of our time," according to the United Nations.
Often caused by human industry and agriculture, environmental degradation is when lush land turns to desert. A total of 2 billion hectares of the earth's land is degraded, which is an area larger than all of South America. The most straightforward solution to degraded land is reforestation, but when soil is dry and crusty, the survival rate for seedlings is dismal.
A biodegradable cardboard donut, developed by the Amsterdam-based Land Life Company and known as the Cocoon, is changing that. The results are pretty incredible, and it couldn’t be any easier to use. "It is simple, but a lot of R&D went into it," Land Life’s head of marketing and communications, Charlotte Jongejan, tells Co.Exist. When using the Cocoon, the first step is to dig a shallow pit. And later this year, Land Life will begin to produce Cocoons on location. Forests worldwide threatened by drought. Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found.
An analysis, published in the journal Ecology Letters, suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. The study found a similar response in trees across the world, where death increases consistently with increases in drought severity. Dr Sarah Greenwood, Postdoctoral Researcher in Stirling's Faculty of Natural Sciences, said: "We can see that the death of trees caused by drought is consistent across different environments around the world. So, a thirsty tree growing in a tropical forest and one in a temperate forest, such as those we find throughout Europe, will have largely the same response to drought and will inevitably suffer as a result of rising temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns on Earth. " "As the temperature of the planet continues to climb, mass tree mortality will hit more forests than ever before.
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Updated regularly. Next big idea in forest conservation? Playing games to understand what drives deforestation (06/26/2014) Dr. Claude Garcia plays games, but you won’t find him betting his shirt at the casino. Discarded cell phones to help fight rainforest poachers, loggers in real-time (06/24/2014) A technology that uses discarded mobile phones to create a real-time alert system against logging and poaching will soon be deployed in the endangered rainforests of Central Africa.
Next big idea in forest conservation? (06/12/2014) A scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Brazil, Dr. Next big idea in forest conservation? (06/05/2014) In 1997, Gabriella Fredriksson, then a young PhD student, was studying sun bears in East Kalamantan, Indonesia, when massive forest fires broke out in the park.
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Yasuni. Salva la Selva. Wildlife & habitat. Humans share the Earth with a diverse range of animals and plants — and we all depend on each other for survival.
Think of the salmon that carry nutrients from the ocean to the rivers and streams where they spawn. Eagles and bears that feed on the salmon carry these nutrients into the forest. The forests provide humans with numerous services and resources, from lumber for our homes to the oxygen we breathe. They are also important in our efforts to reduce global warming. Plants and soils store carbon, keeping it from the atmosphere, where it would contribute to climate change.
By learning more about what we have and why we need to preserve and protect it, we can all work to make sure our country and our planet maintain and restore the natural balance that all life needs to survive. what's new? Grizzly bears B.C. is home to as many as half of Canada's grizzly bears and is one of the planet's last safe havens for these great animals. Transformative Workshops and Advocacy. Stichting Masarang. Canopy - Home. Supporting Indigenous Peoples, Protecting the Amazon. Environmentalism with teeth. Global Canopy Programme. Home — The Amazon Conservation Team. Home. Salva la Selva (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.) The Green Belt Movement.