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George Osborne reveals 50% tax break for fracking firms "I want Britain to be a leader of the shale gas revolution – because it has the potential to create thousands of jobs and keep energy bills low for millions of people,” he added.
BE AWARE. THINK, CHECK, ASK QUESTIONS, BEFORE YOU BUY ANY HARD WOODS. IT'S UP TO YOU TO STOP THIS TRADE. EVERY INDIVIDUAL CAN HELP TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Pressure from environmental groups and the general public persuaded the B&Q stores to stop selling illegally logged rainforest wood. Garden furniture and wood from B&Q now comes from environmentally safe managed plantations.
GUNNS Limited -- Australia's largest logging company -- continues to rapidly destroy one of the Earth's most unique and ancient temperate rainforests in Tasmania.
Gunns website has a different story to tell, putting themselves forward as "A Leader in Sustainable Forest & Environmental Management". Not only are big logging companies destroying the planets chances of survival in the current threats to climate change but they are also making us believe they are actually looking after our ancient forests.... quite simply.... THEY ARE NOT. If we loose what's left of the earths ancient forests to these massive logging companies the earth will have no defences against climate change. WHATS MORE IMPORTANT...
GARDEN FURNITURE, DECKING, NEW HARDWOOD FLOORING, PAPER PRODUCTS OR HUMAN SURVIVAL ON EARTH.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE. We can all make a difference by finding out the origins of the products we buy and making sure they are not having a devastating effect on the planet , wild life and indigenous peoples. By buying wood from ancient rain forests we are creating a further demand. UPDATE
Ancient forest with 400 year old trees being logged by Gunns Limited to turn into wood chip for paper products.
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Greenpeace have built a Climate Defenders Camp on the Kampar peninsula in Indonesia, to highlight the role that protecting peat and tropical forests must play in securing a safe climate.
The Kampar peninsula sits deep in the heart of the Sumatran rainforest. It's a unique and complex ecosystem, sustaining fishing communities, hunters and farmers, full of unique plants and animals, and home to endangered species like the Sumatran tiger and the Wallace's hawk.
Because of the deep peat bogs found below the forest it's also at the front line in the struggle to halt climate change. Peat bogs are delicate systems which store massive amounts of carbon. Half of the world's tropical peat swamps are located in Indonesia, and Kampar is the largest remaining intact area of tropical peat swamp rainforest.
Around the world, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every two seconds. Deforestation adds to all of the industrial pollution we pump into the atmosphere - not only by releasing the carbon that's stored in trees and ecosystems, but also by destroying the natural carbon cycling capacity of the planet.
In the run-up to Copenhagen, Greenpeacer activists, working alongside local people, will be exploring the Kampar peninsula, showing how the destruction of the forest and the draining of the peatlands is contributing to climate change, and stopping some of the worst damage in classic Greenpeace style.
It's not all about floors: SAY NO TO PALM OIL
SAY NO TO PALM OIL! Did you know that each and everyone of us is fueling one of the world's biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history?
Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the longest list of endangered species. This list includes the magnificent orangutan. These two South-East Asian islands are extremely rich in life, containing around 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, 300,000 animal species and thousands more being discovered each year. Despite this amazing bio diversity and delicate web of species, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for the production of one vegetable oil. That's 6 football fields destroyed each minute. This vegetable oil is called palm oil, and is found in hundreds of the everyday products, from baked goods and confectionery, to cosmetics and cleaning agents... many of which you buy in your weekly shopping.
Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years.
Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means 'Person of the jungle' in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these 'jungle people' are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they've been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition.
Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire... all in the name of palm oil.
Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033).
Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That's the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone!
Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world.
By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.
Read more: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/
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OTHER KEY EMVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Ask your MP for a Climate Change Bill that works. There are a number of things the Bill must do for it to be effective and perhaps the most important is the UK?s overall CO2 emissions reduction target. The government thinks a 60% reduction by 2050 is a reasonable target, but this is based on old science. The current science tells us that countries like the UK need to cut emissions by at least 80% to deliver our fair share of the carbon clear-up. And WWF research shows that an 80% reduction by 2050 is entirely achievable. The difference between a 60% and an 80% target is the difference between a Bill which rises to the climate change challenge, and one which simply ducks it. Only with
an 80% emissions reduction target can we hope to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Tell your MP that the Climate Change Bill must be strong enough to be effective.
Living green and efficiently
is a way to help ourselves save money while also saving the environment in the long run. The following links could be useful to you.
|Ways for all businesses to go green|
|For those of you in the United States there's plenty of help here|
|Eight ways to go green in the office|
|STOP USING PLASTIC, PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT|
|REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT|
|LIMIT YOUR MEAT CONSUMPTION|