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During the past one year, the Indonesian government has made several historic policies and breakthroughs for the preservation of its forest
, the worlds third largest after the Amazon in Brazil and Congos forest
, if they are implemented ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest
-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
Hurricane Katrina wreaks havoc on the Gulf Coast in 2005. Superstorm Sandy brings destruction
to the East Coast in 2012. Heavy rains in the middle of the country lead to flooding in the rugged Rocky Mountains in 2013.Each crisis brings ...
With no way out, the 19 elite firefighters did what they were trained to do when trapped by a raging fire: they unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves on the ground.
The glue holding the layers of ...
The Yarnell Hill Fire’s deadly sweep through a central Arizona community exposed a weak spot in the West’s preparedness.
The 19 who died fighting the fire Sunday were part of a well-trained national
army of federal, tribal, state and ...
Dear EarthTalk: Could it really be true that we are in the midst of the worst drought in the United States since the 1930s?—Deborah Lynn, Needham, Mass.Indeed we are embroiled in what many consider the worst drought in the U.S. since the ...
On May 18th, China’s 4th most powerful politician, Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National
Committee of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) opened the Second Conference of the (carbon-neutralized) Taihu World Cultural ...
Underlying the Obama administration's $60.4 billion emergency
funding request to Congress for Superstorm Sandy cleanup and relief efforts is an acknowledgement that climate change is real and must be addressed in a comprehensive fashion along ...
As Governor, Andrew Cuomo will continue to be an environmental champion by . . . making sure health and environmental risks are comprehensively studied before natural gas exploration in New York’s Marcellus Shale formation occurs.
By all accounts, the fires were devastating. More than 130 homes torched, 38,000 people evacuated, 138,000 acres to the west of Denver and Colorado Springs incinerated, in some places fires burning so hot that nothing but topsoil ...
Ecologically ignorant policies are largely responsible for the interlinked crises that are unraveling the planet's life support system.
The unintended consequences of such policies are climate change, desertification, biodiversity ...
Seventeen top scientists and four acclaimed conservation organizations have called for radical action to create a better world for this and future generations. Compiled by 21 past winners of the prestigious Blue Planet Prize, a new paper ...
On the heels of the COP 17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the only thing surprising about Canada’s announcement on December 13 that it would no longer be a party to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) was the swiftness of its decision. Rumors had ...
Scientists scramble to save dying amphibians
Hyloscirtus colymba tree frog being fed after being treated for Chytridiomycosis. Photo taken by Rhett A. Butler at Summit Park.
s, ponds, swamps, and other ecosystems around ...
One of Australia's finest national
parks, the Tarkine National
Park is currently struggling to fend off various threats from mining companies it has been announced in a press release by The Tarkine National
The Tarkine is one ...
Ravaged by a giant tsunami in 2004, war-torn Aceh went on to sign a truce with Jakarta. But the natural destruction
of the province didn't end, writes Andre Vltchek, returning after seven years.
"The people demonstrate against the roads ...
Peru: Indigenous People Declare They Are On The Foot Of War And Permanent Mobilization In Defense Of Their Territories
Translated from Spanish, Original Below
At a press conference, the Board of AIDESEP and regional ...
As strong winds whipped up again overnight in the Boulder area, where a Colorado record 169 homes have already been destroyed in the ongoing Fourmile Canyon Fire, there’s also a growing firestorm of debate over how climate change contributes to ...
Hurricane Katrina, and the destruction
it wrought, are often referred to as a natural disaster. Think again, says actor Harry Shearer. In his documentary, The Big Uneasy, Shearer says much of the destruction
in New Orleans was man-made and ...
Wildfires possibly sparked by fallen power lines have roared across part of Western Australia, destroying almost 40 homes and sending hundreds of people fleeing for their lives. At least three people were injured, officials in the state ...
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon jungle was reduced more than expected between August 2008 and July 2009 - 45 percent compared to the previous 12 months, the National
Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported.
During that period, ...
Across the Amazon basin, river dwellers are adding new floors to their stilt houses, trying to stay above rising floodwaters that have killed 44 people and left 376,000 homeless.
Flooding is common in the world's largest remaining ...
No one could say they hadn't seen it coming.
The sand dunes had been advancing for decades before, two years ago, they finally swallowed the houses of Raimundo do Nascimento and 12 other families in Ilha Grande, an island in the Parnaiba ...
Haiti’s environmental degradation is a time bomb that needs urgent attention if the country is to preserve its already strained social and economic stability, says a new briefing from the International Crisis Group (ICG).
The brief, ...
When a series of powerful January storms dumped huge volumes of rain across the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Washington's top geologist, Dave Norman, knew to expect landslides.During the first two weeks of the month, the intense ...