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July 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Speeding vehicles on roads driving wildlife to their early graves

A fully grown sloth bear was killed by a speeding vehicle near the 11th kilometre post on the Panama-Pottuvil road in Sri Lanka late last month raising concerns over the prudence of having public roads across biodiversity rich National Parks, while vehicles speeding…


Added by Malaka Rodrigo on July 29, 2011 at 16:57 — No Comments

It can be done: practical lessons from countries that have stopped deforestation

Reports on insufficient efforts to curb high deforestation rates in the wake of stalled international negotiations on how to reverse the trend mostly spell a bleak future climate for developing countries. Read how a new report sends out a clear positive message that the trend can be reversed and not only explains… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Kahurani on July 28, 2011 at 17:31 — No Comments

Forest Peoples Programme July 2011 E-Newsletter now available

Please click here to read the latest Forest Peoples Programme E-Newsletter in English, French or Spanish:


Added by Annabelle Galt on July 28, 2011 at 11:47 — No Comments

“Land Grabs” in Agriculture: Fairer Deals Needed to Ensure Opportunity for Locals

The trend of international land grabbing—when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export—can have serious environmental and…


Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 26, 2011 at 16:25 — No Comments

Make Biodiversity Your Business – meet the European Biodiversity Standard

Based on its wide experience and expertise regarding business and biodiversity issues, ECNC has now launched the European Biodiversity Standard (EBS), an independent tool for companies to assess, upgrade and profile their biodiversity performance.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are vital elements for a growing number of companies. Worldwide and in Europe, the integration of biodiversity considerations in business operations is receiving more and more attention, as shown by the…


Added by Wijnja on July 22, 2011 at 10:13 — No Comments

Marine Invasion - Can anyone explain whats happening?

With all the news about Jellyfish swarms and mass plankton build up around global coastlines, can anyone explain what is happening in the marine environment that I can forward on to our global readership at please?

Added by Phil Pauley on July 22, 2011 at 8:27 — No Comments

newly updated open-access powerpoints on environmental health

For newly updated, open-access powerpoints on multiple topics relevant to environmental health visit the public health and social justice website


Added by Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP on July 21, 2011 at 23:29 — No Comments

Regional cooperation for climate change adaptation is must

Regional cooperation for climate change adaptation is a must. Coopeartion between country to country is also important to exchange data/ information on vulnerabilities due to climate change to let the world know and work. We can never support of givng lives of people due to negative impacts of climate change in any country. My country Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world and the people of this country have been facing many problems due to climate change. I urge the…


Added by Parvez Babul on July 21, 2011 at 7:09 — No Comments

The Giving Trees: Five Trees You’ve Never Heard of that Are Helping to End Hunger

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

We know that trees can help mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere. But what is less widely understood is how many of these trees can also help to bring an end to hunger and poverty.

Today, Nourishing the Planet takes a look at five varieties of tree… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 20, 2011 at 17:02 — No Comments

Climate Change Taking Toll on Kenya

An independent study has revealed that Kenya was in-adequately adapted to deal with existing climate risks as the country faces heavy Costs from effects of climate change.

The immediate needs for building adaptive capacity and starting to enhance Climate Change resilience are estimated may cost Kenya between $100 – 150 million annually by next year -2012 , .

Costs include potential threats to coastal zones (sea-level rise), health burdens, energy demand, Infrastructure,…


Added by Charles Owino Ogallo on July 20, 2011 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

CDM Projects Bearing Profits in Kenya.

Kenya has been taking Clean Development Mechanism -CDM projects seriously since Kyoto Protocol came into being in 1997.

This is despite indications that the country was lagging behind in advancing to the category of nations with a satisfactory or good climate rating.

Kenya ratified the Kyoto protocol in 2005, paving the way for the country to engage with developed countries in CDM projects.

This comes as environmental experts list the country among the extremely…


Added by Charles Owino Ogallo on July 20, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments



This report was shot three days after the intense rain that flooded the whole of Lagos on 10/07/11. It rained for about NINETEEN  HOURS non stop and overwhelmed even the state government who thought they had an effective deflooding measure in…

Added by Vivienne Irikefe on July 19, 2011 at 17:29 — 1 Comment

Hi everyone, please take five minutes to review where you can promote your (or your organisations) work to a Global community. This is your website, please keep the site updated as often as possible.

Added by Phil Pauley on July 19, 2011 at 13:24 — No Comments

Ask not what you can do for nature… Ask what nature can do for you

In 1997 a British barrister uttered three words that left my sister and me speechless and gave us a glimpse of the future. 

As we walked along a road in Jersey, he stopped and asked: “What is that?” 

His voice was more shrill than normal and his eyes were wide open. He looked like a child who had just seen his first rainbow.

As his arm stretched out to point at a bird that had landed nearby, my sister and I were stunned to realise that he did…


Added by Mike Shanahan on July 19, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

EU's Science for Environment Policy: Hidden carbon emissions from trade offsets impacts of reforestation

Featured on the weekly issue of the European Commission’s Science for Environment Policy DG Environment News Alert Service is ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins research that provides new perspectives to guide a wholesome approach to efforts on reducing emissions from deforestation and land degradation.


The research introduces a concept called Emissions Embodied in Trade (EET) which calls for countries…


Added by Elizabeth Kahurani on July 18, 2011 at 16:21 — No Comments

Between the Pylons of Long Beach Oil Rig 'Eureka]

Added by Michael Bear on July 17, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Filming a Salp Chain Under a Long Beach Oil Rig

Added by Michael Bear on July 17, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Targeting Gaps in the Food Supply Chain: Going Beyond Agricultural Production to Achieve Food Security

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.


Agricultural production is only the first step in moving the world’s food from farm to fork, according to Nourishing the Planet, a project of the Worldwatch Institute. The other links in the food chain—harvesting, packaging, storing, transporting, marketing, and selling—ensure that food actually reaches consumers.…


Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 14, 2011 at 15:45 — No Comments

A Zambian village art crafts trader takes to tree growing to fight deforestation

“ZAMBIA has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year.”

This is according to the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+).

Undoubtedly, deforestation continues to be a big challenge in Zambia. The… Continue

Added by Edwin Mbulo on July 11, 2011 at 16:13 — No Comments

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.


As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents. Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing…


Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 6, 2011 at 16:25 — No Comments

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