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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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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)

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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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The Treetalker – environmental news

Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses founded Eco-Fuel Africa, a company that sells kilns and machines that turn food waste into briquettes of clean, inexpensive cooking fuel.

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and:  Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable way to help cut CO2 emissions and fuel use by as much as 50% on smaller cargo vessels in the shipping sector.

Leafing-Out and Climate Change – the timing of leaf out in many species is related to the length of days, rather than temperature. Some species, particularly from the southern hemisphere, have this evolutionary adaptation, as they migrate north, they may replace trees that cannot tolerate increasing heat.

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The Treetalker – environmental news

 Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses founded Eco-Fuel Africa, a company that sells kilns and machines that turn food waste into briquettes of clean, inexpensive cooking fuel.

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and:  Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable way to help cut CO2 emissions and fuel use by as much as 50% on smaller cargo vessels in the shipping sector.

Leafing-Out and Climate Change – the timing of leaf out in many species is related to the length of days, rather than temperature. Some species, particularly from the southern hemisphere, have this evolutionary adaptation, as they migrate north, they may replace trees that cannot tolerate increasing heat.

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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Pepsi, Coke Pledge to Respect Land, Fisheries, Forest Rights These food giants use a lot of palm kernel oil in their snack foods, the production of which has led to all kinds of bad behavior, including deforestation of great swaths of land, as native farmers clear the forests to grow a crop that will bring them a small amount of income. For instance, PepsiCo consumes more than 450,000 metric tons of palm oil annually for its snack food brands in the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Asia and Europe, and its consumption is on the rise. PepsiCo has been singled out by a coalition that includes the Years of Living Dangerously project, Rainforest Action Network, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the global consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org for its continued use of large quantities of “conflict palm oil.” Read more about this and other stories.
ALSO, an op-ed by Steve Siebert and Jill Belsky, of the University of Montana, which was printed in The Missoulian: Forestry: Study U.S., Swiss differences:  Switzerland and Montana are similar in many ways: both are world-renowned for their beautiful mountains, derive significant economic benefits from nature-based tourism, and are concerned about conservation. In addition, the land available for timber harvesting is 71 percent publically owned in Switzerland and 70 percent in Montana. However, the area available for timber harvesting (i.e., excluding parks, wilderness areas, etc.) totals only 3.2 million acres in Switzerland compared to 19.9 million acres in Montana, and Switzerland’s population is 10 times greater. Nevertheless, Switzerland has hundreds of timber and forest products businesses employing over 92,000 people and forest cover is increasing. In contrast, there are only 125 timber and wood products businesses in Montana, employment totals 7,000 and remaining businesses face timber shortages despite abundant resources and growing hazardous fuel concerns.  (See more at website)

 

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Pepsi, Coke Pledge to Respect Land, Fisheries, Forest Rights These food giants use a lot of palm kernel oil in their snack foods, the production of which has led to all kinds of bad behavior, including deforestation of great swaths of land, as native farmers clear the forests to grow a crop that will bring them a small amount of income. For instance, PepsiCo consumes more than 450,000 metric tons of palm oil annually for its snack food brands in the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Asia and Europe, and its consumption is on the rise. PepsiCo has been singled out by a coalition that includes the Years of Living Dangerously project, Rainforest Action Network, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the global consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org for its continued use of large quantities of “conflict palm oil.” Read more about this and other stories.
 
 
ALSO, an op-ed by Steve Siebert and Jill Belsky, of the University of Montana, which was printed in The Missoulian: Forestry: Study U.S., Swiss differences:  Switzerland and Montana are similar in many ways: both are world-renowned for their beautiful mountains, derive significant economic benefits from nature-based tourism, and are concerned about conservation. In addition, the land available for timber harvesting is 71 percent publically owned in Switzerland and 70 percent in Montana. However, the area available for timber harvesting (i.e., excluding parks, wilderness areas, etc.) totals only 3.2 million acres in Switzerland compared to 19.9 million acres in Montana, and Switzerland’s population is 10 times greater. Nevertheless, Switzerland has hundreds of timber and forest products businesses employing over 92,000 people and forest cover is increasing. In contrast, there are only 125 timber and wood products businesses in Montana, employment totals 7,000 and remaining businesses face timber shortages despite abundant resources and growing hazardous fuel concerns.  (See more at website)
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Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest
The top predator in North American forests is the woodland salamander, who lives under a rock, or a log, or any convenient dark and damp forest habitat. Only a few inches long and weighing well under an ounce, they nevertheless eat a huge number of insects termed “shredding invertebrates,” who cause leaf litter to release carbon and methane into the atmosphere more than if it were simply left on the ground to decay and be covered up by further dropping of leaves.

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New Insights into the Make-up of Tropical Forests Could Improve Carbon Offsetting Initiatives –
new studies from enhanced satellite imagery shows that not all species of tree store carbon in the same way. This is a key factor in carbon offset schemes, in which trees are given a cash value according to their carbon content, and credits can be traded in exchange for preserving trees. For further information on these stories and more, go to my site.

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