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Why are we a nation of tree-huggers?

Why are we a nation of tree-huggers?
3 February 2011Last updated at 15:44 By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine Plans to transfer ownership of many public forests in England have provoked a huge row. But why are we so protective of our woodlands? It's about the rustling of the leaves and the crunch of twigs underfoot. Above all, it's a place where nature takes priority over humans. For the vast majority of us, living in towns and cities, visiting a forest is the easiest way to escape our mechanised, wipe-clean, ring-roaded civilisation and properly get back to nature. As the government is finding out, a forest unleashes something deeply primordial in otherwise domesticated, suburban Britons. Plans to radically change the ownership of some of England's forests have provoked a furious backlash. A YouGov poll suggested that 84% of people were opposed. to the government's plans, with one pressure group saying it had collected 400,000 signatures on a petition. Continue reading the main story Why trees are a force for good Related:  Forests

Greenpeace UK The Ecology of Work | Curtis White Environmentalism can't succeed until it confronts the destructive nature of modern work—and supplants it by Curtis White Art by Teun Hocks Last of a two-part series. See The Idols of Environmentalism for part one. I ENVIRONMENTALISTS SEE THE ASPHALTING of the country as a sin against the world of nature, but we should also see in it a kind of damage that has been done to humans, for what precedes environmental degradation is the debasement of the human world. We are not the creators of our own world; we merely perform functions in a system into which we were born. Challenging our place in this system as mere isolated functions (whether as workers or consumers) is a daunting task, especially for environmentalists, who tend to think that human problems are the concern of somebody else (labor unions, the ACLU, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, etc.). II HERE’S A BALD ASSERTION FOR WHICH I have no proof scientific or otherwise: a human society would never willingly harm nature.

Rainforest - mongabay.com Earthquake Swarm A series of earthquakes have been experienced in Arkansas and are slowly becoming the norm, though the reason as to why there have been so many remains elusive. According to the most recent geological report by the USGS, Arkansas has been experiencing about two-to-seven earthquakes a day ranging from about 1.8-4.0 on the richter scale, and the trend doesn't seem likely to stop with up to two dozen quakes sometimes being reported in a given day. More than 800 earth quakes have been reported across the region in the past six months, and the region experienced its largest quake yet this past Sunday reaching nearly 5.0 on the ricter scale. Geologists have presented two possibilities for the constant earth flux, one being that this is a natural event such as a swarm of similar quakes that occurred in the 1980s that hit Enola, Arkansas. The other theory points to a natural gas exploration technique called "fracking" as a possible cause.

Wildlife Webcams - Live from the Rainforest Enjoying this page? If everyone watching World Land Trust's webcams made a donation of £1, it would cover the cost of keeping the cameras running and enable us to add more to the network! For example, text WEBC13 £3 ($5) to 70070 to donate £3 ($5) to World Land Trust's webcam fund. Donate with Live webcams by the World Land Trust (WLT) stream rainforest life from across South America Discover tropical birds and charismatic animals that you have never seen before - from greedy families of coatis to vibrant fluttering hummingbirds. Share your passion for the natural world with people from across the globe with the Webcam Chat and get your wildlife questions answered by an expert. Our three webcams show live footage from the breath-taking and remote tropical forests of Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina, where WLT is supporting conservation projects to protect some of the most threatened habitats and wildlife on Earth. Find out more about WLT's conservation projects » Sir David Attenborough, WLT Patron

Trouble in Farm City, and How You Can Help – EcoLocalizer Food Published on April 7th, 2011 | by Patricia Larenas Oakland Urban Farmer Novella Carpenter Urban farmer extraordinaire, Novella Carpenter, has recently hit a wall of bureaucracy with the city of Oakland that threatens the very existence of her small farm. Carpenter is the author of the popular and engaging book “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer”, and has been raising food on an open parcel of land that she owns in Oakland. Although the city of Oakland is slated to change the law to allow growing vegetables, the one banning livestock will remain. “The deal is that growing any food on an ‘empty lot’ in the City of Oakland is illegal. Transforming More Vacant Lots into Urban Farms Why should we care or act to help prevent the death of this small urban farm? Farms are no longer way out in the country somewhere; they might be on your city street corner, or growing atop the suburban neighborhood rooftop next door. Cover via Amazon Photo: Michelle Renee’s Gardening About the Author

Rainforest Portal New Bolivian Law Would Give Rights to Nature | Care2 Healthy & Green Living By Erin La Rosa, ecorazzi It’s an annoying fact that not everyone recycles or turns the lights off or makes efforts to so much as conserve water. So, what if the government stepped in and forced everyone to do all of those things? That’s what lawmakers in Bolivia are taking steps toward with their “Law of Mother Earth” bill. It’s a piece of legislation that would grant nature equal rights to humans. The laws would be the first of their kind, with 11 in total, and would recognize that the planet has an equal right to be protected. The Guardian outlined the laws as: “the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.” Hopefully Bolivia’s bold move will lead to laws like this being implemented elsewhere! (via Huffington Post)

i-Tree - Tools for Assessing and Managing Community Forests Brazilian president's promises crumble under weight of Belo Monte dam | Environment Brazil's new president, Dilma Rousseff, has never been popular among environmentalists. Since the early days of predecessor Luis Inácio Lula da Silva's presidency, when she occupied the post of minister of mining and energy, many activists have seen her as a leader with an old-fashioned view of development. Something like "economic growth is priority number one, no matter if some hectares of Amazon rainforest has to be chopped down". The animosity increased even more after Rousseff was promoted, in 2005, to the ministry of internal affairs – the post that paved her way to the presidency. It was a period when almost every infrastructure project – from offshore oil drilling to roads in the middle of the forest – were given licences, despite civil society criticism. Nevertheless, in her first day in the job, the new president gave an impression that something could have changed. It seems very likely that the Brazil's target will be reached.

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Undercover Cop Who Posed as Environmentalist Tells All Photo: Guardian--the new look The news story in the UK of the undercover cop who was posing as an environmentalist for seven years just keeps on going. This one has legs, as they say. Mark "Stone", really Kennedy, was the perfect environmentalist who was found out and has now turned against the police, dishing dirt which they say is dangerous to other agents still undercover. Photo: schNews--the old look The whole affair has become a bit of a circus, with Mark Kennedy re-doing his look: he is now shaved, with a neat hair cut and conservative clothing. Kennedy claims that there are at least 15 other undercover agents who have infiltrated the green movement in the past and that four are still under cover. As for the pay at this gig, in addition to his salary of £50,000 (US $79,000), he was paid another £200,000 (US $317,000) to help him keep his cover. He says that he is on the run, in hiding and afraid for his life.

Dutch Study Says Wi-Fi Makes Trees Sick A recent study by Dutch scientists found that Wi-Fi radiation could be responsible for sickness in urban-populated trees. Image: baltimoresun What would life be like without Wi-Fi, bringer of high speed internet access? Probably pretty inconvenient considering that millions of computer users around the world use it at home, at work and other public places to get online. The study began five years ago in the city of Alphen aan den Rijn. According to an article from PC World : “The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Image: p2pnet Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? What do you think? digg

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