Posted in Environment, Politics, tagged Amazon Rainforest, Australia, ban, deforestation, Environmental Investigation Agency, Europe, European Union, Greenpeace, illegal logging, Lacey Act, Sati Hassi, Sebastian Risso, timber, United States, wood, wood products on July 13, 2010 |
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Last week the European Union’s Parliament passed new legislation that will halt the entrance of illegal wood into European nations. This is a major victory for forests and wildlife around the world.
Currently it is estimated that 20% of Europe’s wood comes from illegally logged sources that contribute to deforestation, loss of species, global carbon emissions, and economic losses worldwide.
The new laws will help both businesses and individuals who buy products made from wood to ask questions about where the wood comes from and determine whether or not it has been acquired through legal channels. Wood is used to make a vast number of items we use on daily basis including furniture, paper, musical instruments, and flooring.
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Posted in Environment, Peruvian News, tagged Alto Purús National Park, Amazon Rainforest, biodiversity loss, Brazil, climate change, deforestation, Environment, global warming, national park, park ranger, Peru, sustainable development, tropical rainforest on November 25, 2009 |
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This article was originally published on ecopolitology.org– a website covering the politics of energy and the environment.
While it’s not news to most of us who work in or follow international conservation, Peru’s El Comercio newspaper ran a story today about how only 8 park rangers patrol Alto Purús National Park. Alto Purús is the largest national park in Peru and the third largest in all of South America.
Alto Purús “protects” 2,724,263 hectares of tropical rainforest (~ 6.7 million acres). The math’s not too challenging on this one. That’s almost a million acres for each of the 8 rangers to patrol.
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