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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.

Rod Mast

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

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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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endangered species, Environment, trees

Positive News about Trees & the Environment

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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.

green.si

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.

unnamed

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.

Rod Mast

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

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

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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Positive News Stories from The Treetalker

Positive News Stories from The Treetalker

Scientist has found that inoculating Whitebark pine seedlings with Siberian slippery jack fungus spores increases their chance of survival amid mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust that has been devastating northern forests. Visit my website for further details on this and the rest of the following stories.

Cathy Cripps

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Elderly Indian (from India) couple planted and tended 300 trees along a hot dusty road for over a half century. Nice story.

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On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent bulbs, in a move that will save monster amounts of energy and money.

and … U.S. appeals court ruled that Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and Orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California.

An aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California

A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.   :))

Dietary guidelines released by the government every five years lay out recommendations for healthy eating. Next year’s version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.  (Good luck on THAT ever happening!)

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Positive News Stories from The Treetalker

Scientist has found that inoculating Whitebark pine seedlings with Siberian slippery jack fungus spores increases their chance of survival amid mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust that has been devastating northern forests. Visit my website for further details on this and the rest of the following stories.

Cathy Cripps

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

Elderly Indian (from India) couple planted and tended 300 trees along a hot dusty road for over a half century. Nice story.

02YT_SALUMARADA_TH_2260876f

On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent bulbs, in a move that will save monster amounts of energy and money.

and … U.S. appeals court ruled that Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and Orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California.

An aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California

A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.   :))

Dietary guidelines released by the government every five years lay out recommendations for healthy eating. Next year’s version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.  (Good luck on THAT ever happening!)

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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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Special post – this is not my usual posting of news. I got an email from PBS about shows they’ve just made available on Roku (which I have), and I thought this would be interesting/uplifting. Haven’t watched it yet, but probably will tonight.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365192664/

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