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Eradication of ‘sudden oak death’ disease is no longer possible in California

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 23:43

Over the last two decades, California and the federal government have faced harsh criticism for failing to take stronger actions to stop a highly contagious disease that has killed millions of trees along coastal regions from Big Sur to portions of Oregon.

Protected: Standing Strong at 22 Years

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 22:35
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Why today’s global warming has roots in Indonesia’s genocidal past | Joshua Oppenheimer

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 18:49
The mass killings in 1965 live on in global emissions from forced forest fires – and through human rights abuses in the palm oil fields

There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will affect human rights, but little attention to how human rights abuse affects our global climate.

Fifty years ago, Indonesia went through a genocide. The massacres may be relatively unknown, but in a terrible way the destruction continues, and threatens us all. In 1965, the Indonesian army organised paramilitary death squads and exterminated between 500,000 and 1 million people who had hastily been identified as enemies of General Suharto’s new military dictatorship. Today, the killers and their protégés are comfortable establishment figures whose impunity, political power and capacity for intimidation endure.

Related: It is 50 years since the Indonesian massacre of 1965 but we cannot look away | Laksmi Pamuntjak

A few companies have started eliminating conflict palm oil from their products, but most remain recalcitrant

Related: Leading brands unsure if palm oil in products comes from rainforest land

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Young Researchers Meeting on Multifunctional landscapes for food security, livelihoods and the environment

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 16:57
Are you a young researcher, PhD student, post-doc or in the beginning of your research carrier? Are you focusing your work on how landscapes are used in an integrated way? Welcome to our young researchers meeting in Gothenburg 7-8 June and discuss with likeminded.

UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 16:55
The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.

Bioenergy production and sustainable development: science base for policymaking remains limited

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 16:19
New article co-authored by Focali member Göran Berndes and the Focali Project Coordinator Maria Ölund published in GCB Bioenergy. The article is based on a systematic review with the aim to analyze the state of knowledge about how the production of bioenergy resources affects sustainable development.

Get a Little Wild with Flowers on National Forests, Grasslands

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 16:00
Hiking along the peaceful Greer Spring Trail in the Mark Twain National Forest the pathway is decorated with abundant wildflowers in bloom—vibrant yellow trout lily, Jacob’s ladder and white harbinger of spring. Look up and you may see Indian pipe, bird’s-foot violet, and firepink scattered along the ridgetops. The reward for your near-mile-long hike is [...]

Diversity wins: Why involving women in decision-making matters

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 11:59

If you give women a voice in the management of forests and fisheries, you get better outcomes for both people and nature.

Bird’s-eye view drawing of a nature reserve – climbing in 200-year-old pines

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:05
As far back as a hundred years ago, a nature reserve in Southern Finland, called Sveitsi (Switzerland) was famous for […]

Golfers are slicing through our wild spaces | Patrick Barkham

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 07:00

For Aberdeenshire 47 golf courses isn’t enough – even if the 48th, designed by Jack Nicklaus, destroys a woodland refuge of red squirrels and pine martens

“If there is any larceny in a man,” said the American sportswriter Paul Gallico, “golf will bring it out.” James Bond ruthlessly exposed this when he took on Goldfinger (and Oddjob the caddy) in the most gripping round of fictional golf ever played and discovered the greedy chrysophilist was also a cheat.

Related: Green light for Donald Trump's golf course

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Paying for rainforests: current PLoS research on the economic valuation of ecosystem services

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 06:16

Man-made climate change and large-scale alteration of the landscape are affecting the planet and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend.  These alterations include loss of forests that were once large carbon sinks, loss of pollination services provided by bees, loss of ecosystem resilience in the face of natural disasters, and many others. While ecologists […]

The alarming truth behind deforestation

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 03:26

We all hear that the rainforests have to be saved and that we are doing serious damage to them.

A green wall of hope for Africa

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 00:00

Editorial by René Castro Salazar, Assistant Director-General, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

This week (2-7 May) sees the first international conference on the Great Green Wall, to be held in Dakar, Senegal. The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative brings together more than 20 African countries, development partners, research institutes and international, civil society organizations and local communities At the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we are strongly committed to ensuring that it produces lasting impacts, as in Senegal, where the planting of 11 million trees has contributed to the restoration of 27,000 hectares of degraded land, and multi-purpose gardens are enabling women to increase their incomes and produce food for their families.


Video: Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall Action Against Desertification

GFIS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 00:00

Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall Land restoration in northern Niger is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. Now, under FAO’s Action Against Desertification programme, these efforts are being expanded to six African countries. This success shows that land degradation around the Sahara is not yet irreversible.


Canadian forest products industry launches “30 by 30” Climate Change Challenge

GFIS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:58

The Canadian forest products industry is pledging to help Canada move to a low-carbon economy by removing 30 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 per year by 2030 — more than 13% of the Canadian government’s emissions target.

Bears Emerging Early (and Hungry): The Jasper Local

GFIS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:53

The Jasper Local has posted a story featuring Gord Stenhouse and his work with the Grizzly Bear Program. The article features detailed information about our research and results, along with several quotes from Gord.

Read the story here.

Report: Quality of Feedstock Produced from Sorted Forest Residues

GFIS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:52
Emerging biomass conversion technologies, such as small scale mobile biochar or pyrolysis/torrefaction machines, aim to use forest residues left after extracting merchantable timber from timber harvest or fuel reduction thinning operations. The residues generated from these operations typically produce low quality feedstock which may not be suitable for new biomass conversion technologies. In an effort […]

California seeks $90 million from utility over wildfire 

GFIS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 23:00

California officials say they will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line.

The Caribou Program Takes a Film Crew into the Field

GFIS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 22:53

Caribou Program lead Laura Finnegan took the WhistleStop Productions crew out into caribou habitat last week to provide expert commentary and help them get footage for their Wild Rockies TV project.

The field tour was a good opportunity for Laura raise awareness of the Caribou Program's work through several on-camera interviews. She was also able to give background during the day-long expedition, which will help the production team create a rich, accurate TV program.

The primary goal was to help WhistleStop get footage of caribou habitat, however the crew caught a very lucky break and were actually able to get footage of the caribou themselves.

The Wild Rockies episode is slated to air in August 2016 on the Smithsonian and Love Nature channels.

OSU library offers forests exhibit

GFIS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 22:52

Oregon State has opened a forests exhibit at the Valley Library.

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