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Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country’s wildlife – including several species of native big cats, such as the pictured Jaguar. Any hunters caught breaking the new law will face jail time or hefty fines.

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An Oxford-based startup, UAE Drones for Good, has an ambitious plan to combat deforestation by planting 1 billion trees a year by using drones.

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I don’t usually promote somebody elses sales pitch, but you can get a good book about seed libraries from Mother Earth News. See their site for details.

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The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) funds grants to civil society groups that implement diverse projects to safeguard the world’s biodiversity hotspots – areas that harbor 90 percent of the biological diversity of the planet. The article, the gist of which you can read at

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is about “Five of the Threatened Species We’re Fighting to Save.” They are: Rhinos, Tigers, African and Asian Elephants and the Saola, a deer-like animal.

 

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Stories from the Treetalker- Winter Solstice – 2014

Stories from the Treetalker- Winter Solstice – 2014

(Well, it’s only a day away.)

The Yuroks, CA’s largest tribe, is supplementing their income, not by selling their forests, but by selling carbon credits to some of the state’s biggest polluters. Believed to be a force in ultimately reducing carbon emissions, there is, of course, a lot of debate. Visit my website for details of this and the other stories.

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photo: Brian van der Brug, for the L.A. Times

 The U.S. Forest Service is growing “elite,” genetically resistant Whitebark pine trees to improve the chances of survival of the key high-elevation species, which blister rust is wiping out in the Northern Rockies. 

Tanya Murphy

photo: Tanya Murphy

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Six years after a catastrophic coal ash spill in Tennessee washed away homes and polluted rivers, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday the first federal regulations for the toxic wastes created by coal burned to produce electricity. Many believe it is nowhere near enough regulation, believing coal ash should be classified as “hazardous waste.”

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photo: Gerry Broome, A.P.

Governor Cuomo of NY State bans fracking in the state. The state of New York has now developed the most comprehensive, deep-diving evaluation in the country of the science as it currently stands on fracking. You can be sure that affected communities and advocates in states across the nation will be bringing these science and health facts to their decision makers.

 

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Stories this week:

Grenoble to Replace Street Advertising with Trees and ‘Community Spaces – The city’s 326 advertising signs, including 64 billboards, will be removed between January and April next year and its contract with JCDecaux, the world’s leading outdoor advertising company, will be cancelled.alamy

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Money Grows on Trees with Great Walnuts of China – Demand for Walnut toys has grown alongside China’s economic boom, and vendors say they are especially popular among the newly wealthy and gangsters profiting from Beijing’s grey economy.

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China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. GMO crops are disrupting seed companies’ plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.Agrochemicals maker Syngenta's logo is seen in front of the company's headquarters in Basel

Other stories: Wildlife Managers Confirm Rare Sighting of Gray Wolf at Grand Canyon,

and France to Stop Credits for Coal Projects in Developing CountriesA pair of gray wolves are seen in the Red Feather Lakes, Colorado wolf refuge in this file photo.

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Treetalker Stories for Nov 15

Three stories this week: _77763865_777591091st, Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees – Norway will pay the impoverished country $150 million to stop deforestation by 2020. (BBC)

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Next, The American Chestnut Foundation and the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry have BOTH taken on the challenge of returning the American chestnut to North American Forests, albeit in their own unique ways. It’s a good story. Check out my website and links to find out more.

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Lastly – as I’ve said before, the greening of the cities by planting fruit and nut trees for the benefit of the citizenry is an up and coming idea. Another example is happening in Davenport, Iowa. Christened the Quad-Cities Community Food Forest, it will contain pawpaw (the poor man’s banana!) American persimmon, chestnut (probably not the American species) and pecan. What a great idea – keep it up, America!!

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New stories from The Treetalker

First, a 250 year old Bur oak gets moved at the Ann Arbor campus of the U of Michigan to make way for the expansion of the Ross Business School – controversial, because it was pricey to do, but in the immortal words of George Pope Morris, “Woodman, spare that tree!”

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Also, a lovely slide show of the Bristlecone pine, photos courtesy of Linda and Dr. Dick Busher. Check out my website for that:

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Also some additional stories you may find of interest:

A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels. “… this step proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources,” says Dr. Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director.

orchard2Research is being done to ascertain the role of various antibiotic-producing soil microbes in the composition and variety of tree species in tropical rainforests.

And—seems to be catching on, this— The U of Pennsylvania community is coming together to plant a campus orchard. These guys aren’t the first, and hopefully won’t be the last.

 

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New stories from The Treetalker

First, a 250 year old Bur oak gets moved at the Ann Arbor campus of the U of Michigan to make way for the expansion of the Ross Business School – controversial, because it was pricey to do, but in the immortal words of George Pope Morris, “Woodman, spare that tree!”

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Also, a lovely slide show of the Bristlecone pine, photos courtesy of Linda and Dr. Dick Busher. Check out my website for that:

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

Also some additional stories you may find of interest:

A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels. “… this step proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources,” says Dr. Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director.

orchard2Research is being done to ascertain the role of various antibiotic-producing soil microbes in the composition and variety of tree species in tropical rainforests.

And—seems to be catching on, this— The U of Pennsylvania community is coming together to plant a campus orchard. These guys aren’t the first, and hopefully won’t be the last.

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Trees in the News

Retired surgeon, Dr. Salem Saloom, from Evergreen, CO, takes special pride nurturing the Longleaf Pine, a plant species wiped out by intensive commercial logging more than a century ago. His 2,200 acres of pine forest is part of an effort, spearheaded by the federal government, and supplemented by conservationists and private landowners, to restore what was once called “the Piney Woods.”
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An announcement – Researchers have found some survivors of fatal Emerald ash borer beetle infestations of our native ash trees, and are asking for the help of private citizens in finding more in areas that have NOT been treated with pesticides. See http://nrs.fs.fed.us/SurvivorAsh to describe the whereabouts of ash trees they believe would be candidates.

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And a slideshow of some of the most magnificent trees in the world.unnamed-18 unnamed-8

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