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Solutions to Deforestation

Solutions to Deforestation
"I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues" -The Lorax, Dr. Seuss Around the world, forests are being logged for timber and paper pulp and cleared to grow mono-crops like palm oil and soy while they are deteriorating from the impacts of global warming. Deforestation is a major driver of global warming, responsible for up to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions–more than all the cars, trucks, planes, boats and trains in the world combined. Deforestation doesn’t just threaten our climate, it threatens the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people that rely on forests for food and economic activity. Ending deforestation and protecting forests will not only preserve biodiversity and defend the rights of forest communities, it is also one of the quickest and cost effective ways of curbing global warming. Drivers of deforestation vary from region to region-below are examples of human activity driving the destruction of the world’s natural forests. 1. 2. 3. Wield your consumer power! Related:  La déforestationDeforestation 2

Deforestation Intro - Revolution Discover the threats, causes and impacts, and how you can help. The Lungs of Our Earth in Jeopardy Inspired from the movie Revolution and narrated by Rob Stewart, our Educational Video gives you more content on Deforestation. Trees are a vital organ of our planet and our survival. Deforestation, the loss of forests around the world, is occurring at an astounding rate of one football field per second. Forests are the lungs of the earth Tree evolution has changed little in the last 70 million years. The more trees we lose, the less oxygen we have to breathe. Learn more about our beautiful forests and the devastation deforestation is causing by reading on and sharing this information with everyone you know. World Forests: From Deforestation to Transition?

Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Some other statistics: About half of the world's tropical forests have been cleared (FAO) Forests currently cover about 30 percent of the world’s land mass (National Geographic) Forest loss contributes between 6 percent and 12 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions (Nature Geoscience) About 36 football fields worth of trees lost every minute (World Wildlife Fund (WWF)) Deforestation occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted. Error loading player: No playable sources found Though deforestation has increased rapidly in the past 50 years, it has been practiced throughout history. Weather vs. 0 of 10 questions complete

Wildfires Article, Forest Fires Information, Wildland Fires Facts -- National Geographic - test Uncontrolled blazes fueled by weather, wind, and dry underbrush, wildfires can burn acres of land—and consume everything in their paths—in mere minutes. On average, more than 100,000 wildfires, also called wildland fires or forest fires, clear 4 million to 5 million acres (1.6 million to 2 million hectares) of land in the U.S. every year. In recent years, wildfires have burned up to 9 million acres (3.6 million hectares) of land. A wildfire moves at speeds of up to 14 miles an hour (23 kilometers an hour), consuming everything—trees, brush, homes, even humans—in its path. There are three conditions that need to be present in order for a wildfire to burn, which firefighters refer to as the fire triangle: fuel, oxygen, and a heat source. Although four out of five wildfires are started by people, nature is usually more than happy to help fan the flames. These violent infernos occur around the world and in most of the 50 states, but they are most common in the U.S.

Lutter contre la déforestation Alors que les forêts tropicales abritent près de la moitié de la biodiversité terrestre, la déforestation est à ce jour l’une des grandes menaces qui pèsent sur notre planète. Les causes sont bien connues : la transformation de la forêt en cultures agricoles et la surexploitation du bois, dopées par la spéculation sur les prix des matières premières et le foncier. Le pire, c'est qu'on retrouve les principales causes de la déforestation dans nos assiettes et nos maisons, à travers les produits que nous consommons : Le bois Même si la forêt française augmente en surface, nous avons besoin de bois d’importation pour notre mobilier et la construction. Le papier Le papier est un vecteur très important de déforestation dans certaines régions du monde. L’huile de palme L’huile de palme entre dans la composition de la moitié des produits alimentaires empaquetés et vendus en supermarché. Le soja Le soja est le produit de consommation le plus importé par la France.

Forests, jungles, woods & their trees If asked to define a forest, most of us will straightaway think of trees. While it is true that trees dominate - they are the biggest organisms present there and there are many of them - a forest is in fact a community of not just plants and animals, but of micro-organisms as well. Throw into the mix the non-living, abiotic components like soil, climate and water, and take in the complex interrelationships among the organisms and the environment, and we are closer to an actual understanding of this ecosystem. With one third of the Earth's surface is covered with forests it is no surprise that they are among the most notable storehouses of biological diversity on the planet. Forests for people Forests have a variety of uses to humans, including wood from trees, nutrition from animals, grazing, recreation, medicinal plants and so on. At the present time, conservationists are still arguing about a 'technical' definition of a forest. The forest ecosystem Forest variety and distribution

Consumer Price Index (CPI) The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. Announcements IMPORTANT The CPI Detailed Report will cease publication after June 2017. The June 2017 version of the report, which will be published in July 2017, will be the final publication of this document. Next Release: April 2017 CPI data are scheduled to be released on May 12, 2017, at 8:30 A.M. CPI News Releases CPI for all items falls 0.3% in March; index excluding food and energy falls 0.1% On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers decreased 0.3 percent in March after rising 0.1 percent in February. Current CPI Economic News Releases Archived CPI Databases Databases Calculators More Tools Series Report—Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? All CPI Databases » CPI Tables CPI Detailed Report Tables: Relative Importance of Items in the Consumer Price Index Publications

Forêts | Greenpeace France La forêt recule. Toutes les deux secondes, la taille d'un terrain de football. Au bout d'un an, l'équivalent du quart de la France. Greenpeace se bat contre cette déforestation. Au niveau mondial d'abord. Au niveau européen, un règlement sur le commerce du bois a été décidé en 2010 et est entré en vigueur en mars 2013. Enfin, Greenpeace se bat pour que les forêts ne soient plus sacrifiées aux intérêts marchands: plantations d'huile de palme, industrie du bois, agro-carburants, élevage bovin... Greenpeace exige donc l'arrêt de ce massacre, la création d'un réseau d'aires protégées et le développement d'activités alternatives à cette exploitation destructive des forêts. Bois volé : nous avons besoin de vous maintenant !

Unsustainable cattle ranching Habitat conversion, commonly referred to as deforestation, lies at the crux of what is shaping the future of the Amazon Biome. Extensive cattle ranching is the number one culprit of deforestation in virtually every Amazon country, and it accounts for 80% of current deforestation (Nepstad et al. 2008). Alone, the deforestation caused by cattle ranching is responsible for the release of 340 million tons of carbon to the atmosphere every year, equivalent to 3.4% of current global emissions. Beyond forest conversion, cattle pastures increase the risk of fire and are a significant degrader of riparian and aquatic ecosystems, causing soil erosion, river siltation and contamination with organic matter. Trends indicate that livestock production is expanding in the Amazon. Brazil has 88% of the Amazon herd, followed by Peru and Bolivia.