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CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT, CORPORATIONS — 10.DEC.2014
The US Role in Illegally Logging Peru's Forests —
More than half of Peru is still covered by tropical rainforest—an area the size of Texas—which plays a crucial ecosystem role and is a significant carbon sink. A new report documents how more than 20 US companies have imported millions of dollars in illegal wood from the Peruvian Amazon since 2008. Guest is Julia Urrunaga, Peru programs director for the Environmental Investigation Agency and author of the new report, "The Laundering Machine: How Fraud and Corruption in Peru's Concession System Are Destroying the Future of Its Forests."
Watch | Download/listen 6:59
GP comment: You can see why these logs are coveted—they're huge compared to the re-growth trees available for lumbering in the US. Nonetheless, this is just another example of how most people in the West are fine with not asking too many questions about where wonderful (but illegally sourced) products come from.
Original Show Pub Date: 08.Dec.2014
CATEGORY: SPECIES, GENETIC ENGINEERING — 04.DEC.2014
Quirks and Quarks
Genetically Modified Chestnuts —
A century ago, the American Chestnut was a tremendously important species in the forests of Eastern North America, representing more than a quarter of all forest trees in a swath from Georgia to Ontario. But a fungus introduced on imported Asian chestnut trees turned out to be catastrophic for the American Chestnut, killing billions of trees and essentially wiping out the species by the 1950s. Breeding a blight-resistant tree has proved laborious and difficult, so now a research team has developed a genetically modified American Chestnut that uses a gene from wheat to resist the effects of the fungus. Lead researcher William Powell explains.
Go to page | Download/listen 10:08
GP comment: As GMO applications go, this would seem to be one of the less objectionable ones. But beware anytime a GMO proponent says "this is for the people and for the environment." And Powell's additional assertion that GM technology is more targeted and sensible than standard hybridization is completely specious.
Original Show Pub Date: 22.Nov.2014
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT — 20.NOV.2014
Stolen Future, Broken Present —
David Collings discusses the epochal environmental crisis that is unfolding. Climate change is a centerpiece, but this is a many-faceted problem with no easy solutions. Overcoming the psychology that fathered the problem may not be possible, but it's still worth trying. ~~ Then Martin Persson explains how tropical deforestation is still stripping the planet—to provide products for us, the consumers in rich countries. ~~ Finally, Olli Tammilehto asks whether we can we survive a system that rewards the rich with a license to commit ecocide?
Go to page | Download/listen 1:00:00
GP comment: Yep, the problem is one that is internal to the human makeup. It is indeed important that we keep trying to minimize the damage—it will make life more pleasant for longer. But we should always make the basis for discussion facts, not hopium.
Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014
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Man Who Planted Trees, The (1987)
Animated; Director: Frédéric Back; Writer: Jean Giono
REVIEW: This animated short film is a story about a shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley. The sense of mystery about the shepherd and his unflappable approach to life give the film a warm, intriguing feel, and the plot pacing ensures the viewer's attention never wanders. The animation style is wonderfully blurry and impressionistic, adding to the enigmatic effect. You won't regret giving this film a half-hour of your time.
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Green Chain, The (2007)
Starring: Tricia Helfer, Tahmoh Penikett, Brendan Fletcher, et al
DESCRIPTION: The Green Chain examines a community and a way of life through a series of inter-linking monologues inspired by the true tales and personalities that define today's forests. They all love trees—the logger and the logging company executive; the tree sitter, the tree hugger, and the protester; and the firefighter combating forest fires. The Green Chain explores conflicts between people on all sides of the battle for the trees.
→ Check it out at the film's web site
Grey Owl (1999)
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrana, Annie Galipeau
DESCRIPTION: In the 1930s, upon realizing that the woods of the great north are slowly vanishing, a frontier trapper decides to fight for the land he loves. From the Director of Gandhi and the Executive Producer of Dances With Wolves and A River Runs Through It.
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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008) (Documentary)
DESCRIPTION: Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman whose simple act of planting trees—LOTS of trees—grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy.
→ Check out DVD on Amazon.com
→ Watch trailer or get more info at the film's web site
For more movies on such topics, see the following sections of Grinning Planet's movies page:
|BIOMASS AND SUSTAINABILITY (Wood Resources Article #203)||01-MAY-2009|
BIOMASS ONLY LOOKS GREAT IN A FUN-HOUSE MIRROR
Biomass and Sustainability
|LOSS OF FORESTS (Forest Article #186)||22-JAN-2008|
“TOUCAN PLAY AT THAT GAME,”
SAID THE RAINFOREST RECREATION DIRECTOR
|RAINFOREST FACTS (Rainforest Article #163)||07-NOV-2006|
TARZAN’S LATER CAREER AS AN OPRYLAND YODELER . . .
Rain Forest Facts
|SAVE PAPER (Paper Article #160)||30-MAY-2006|
SWITCHING TO ELECTRONIC COUNTERFEITING ...
AND SMARTER WAYS TO SAVE PAPER
|SMART PAPER FOR YOUR OFFICE KITCHEN (Article #146)||15-NOV-2005|
|GETTING BEYOND “WHO DID THAT TO THE MICROWAVE?”
Clean Up Your Office Kitchen – Make It a Green Kitchen
|TOILET PAPER AND ANCIENT FORESTS (Forest Article #126)||03-MAY-2005|
|THE POKER-PLAYING TREE-HUGGER BLEW IT ALL ON A FLUSH
Are You Using Facial Tissue and Toilet Paper Made from Old-Growth Forest?
|TREE-FRIENDLY GREETING CARDS (Paper Article #114)||08-FEB-2005|
ON OVERPAYING FOR THIS GREETING CARD”
The High Price of Paper Greeting Cards, Waste, Recycling, and Environmental Solutions
|COFFEE AND RAINFORESTS (Rainforest Article #112)||25-JAN-2005|
|GREAT COFFEE IS GROUNDS FOR A PROMOTION
Why Buy Organic Coffee, Shade Grown Coffee, and Fair Trade Coffee?
|GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS (Environmental Article #102)||16-NOV-2004|
|GOOD ADVICE: DON’T BUG THE WEB OF LIFE
10 Threats to the Web of Life on Planet Earth
|RAINFORESTS / PAPER AND LUMBER (Rainforest Article #84)||27-JUL-2004|
|SAVING THE FOREST FROM THE TREES ...
THAT LUMBER AND PAPER COMPANIES CUT DOWN
Saving Old-Growth Forests Through Smart Lumber and Paper Choices
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"You hear headlines from time to time about the Amazon [rainforest] disappearing at a greater or lesser rate.... The real story is that over time the rate has stayed just the same. Year after year, decade after decade, we have failed to stop—or really even decrease—deforestation."
— Patrick Symmes, Outside Magazine, interviewed on Living on Earth
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
— Hal Borland
"It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees..."
— Murray Morgan, from the book The Last Wilderness
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Ecological, science-based forest-conservation advocacy
Works to harness the power of the marketplace to reform ecologically unsound business practices
Certifies wood that has been grown/harvested sustainably
The oldest label for sustainable wood products; run by the Rainforest Alliance
Set up by the American Forest and Paper Association
Industry-backed; more permissive than FSC
Works to defend the environment and rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin
Working to protect tropical rainforests and the rights of those living in them
Works to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that live within them by implementing better business practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainability
Works to end the loss of the world's tropical and temperate rainforests by reducing demand for the products of rainforest logging, mining and agricultural conversion
Works to save rainforests throughout the world, with emphasis on the Amazon Rainforest
Works with publishers, industry stakeholders, and authors to change paper use in a way that preserves endangered forests and resources
Sells environmentally friendly recycled paper products for both home and business.
American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. "We plant trees!"
US agency responsible for management of the federal forests
Protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through science, advocacy, and education
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