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CHILE: Massive Rainforest Logging Project
Called Off 19 Dec
After frenzied campaigning which raised logging of Chile's forests as a
major international issue, the project that threatened to make woodchip from threatened
temperate rainforests has been called off. We have supported the many groups working on
this campaign, and all those that have responded to alerts over the past several years
share in this victory. This is the most recent in a string of stunning successes for the
Worldwide forest conservation movement. There is hope that global forest sustainability
can and will be achieved, before large forest wildernesses become a thing of the past.
BORNEO: Rainforest on Verge of Total
Destruction 19 Dec
The battle to save some portion of Borneo as intact, contiguous rainforest
appears to have been lost. Malaysia and Indonesia have essentially destroyed this globally
significant rainforest. Consumers of tropical timbers; i.e. buyers of plywood for new home
construction in the U.S., are ultimately responsible. Predatory logging companies and
complicit consumers are bent upon repeating this pattern of disastrous tropical land
management in most of the World's remaining tropical wildernesses. This must not be
allowed to happen. The following account of new scientific research provides persuasive
evidence that forest sustainability is primarily determined by conditions over large
scales-such as bioregions and landscapes.g.b.
Unnatural Disaster 15 Dec
Clearing India's Mangrove Forests Has Left The Coast Defenseless. The
thousands of people who died when a cyclone struck the eastern coast of India last
weekend could have been saved if mangrove forests had not been destroyed to make way for
shrimp farms, according to coastal geographers.
NEW ZEALAND: New Govt Stops Rainforest
Logging 15 Dec
The newly elected New Zealand government has forced the state-owned
logging company, Timberlands, to withdraw its plans to log extensive areas of beech
rainforests on the west coast of the country's south island.
USA: Loggers' Suit Alleges
Ecological 'Religion'! 10 Dec
Following is an account of loggers taking forest conservation groups to
court for allegedly forcing their Deep Ecology religious beliefs on the United States
Forest Service. This suit is a shameless debacle. The loss of logging jobs is tragic
but inevitable. The boom is over. How badly the bust treats us all will depend on how
zealously we conserve remaining forests and pursue the age of forest restoration.
Scientific, economic, spiritual and other means of knowing and understanding this global
ecological crisis are equally valid, and critical to finding solutions to these complex
ECUADOR: Help stop mineral exploration in ecological
reserve ACTION 10 Dec
The World Bank is funding a mining survey in the Cotachi Cayapas
Ecological Reserve, despite the fact that mining activities are prohibited in protected
areas in Ecuador. Given the ecological significance of the reserve in question, World Bank
support for this project also breaks its own promise to protect global biodiversity.
Please write to the World Bank and tell them to desist.
Logging Blamed for Floods 10 Dec
Environmentalists are blaming widespread illegal logging as a factor in
disastrous flooding that has hit the central coast of Vietnam for the second time in two
British green group to monitor forests 6 Dec
A British environmental group that for years has campaigned against
illegal logging in Cambodia has been appointed an independent monitor of the country's
BOUGAINVILLE: Globalisation -- who needs it? 3 Dec
Bougainville was subjected to a
six-year trade blockade by Papua New Guinea following the island's secession from PNG in
the early 90's. Forced to depend on their own resources, Bouganvillians revived their
disappearing cultural heritage and strengthened their local communities. As a result of
the absence of western food and medical supplies, people ate a healthier diet and returned
to traditional medicines. "We have proved to [PNG authorities] for six years"
says Josephine Haripa, "that we did not need their help". At the time of the
WTO's push for further globalisation, this is an inspiring story. From the Earthbeat
program on Australia's public broadcaster, Radio National.
Full Text Searches of Reviewed Environmental Internet Content
Ecological Enterprise's new Ecological Information web portal, called
Eco-Portal, at http://www.Eco-Portal.com/
The Eco-Portal works much like Yahoo, Lycos, or other search engines -- only sites
have been carefully chosen for inclusion. So rather than getting millions of hits of
varying quality when you search for "rainforests" on a major search
engine, on the Eco-Portal you will get several thousand highly pertinent hits--the best
that the Internet has to offer on the topic.
NIGERIA: Help Save Cross River Mangrove and
Rainforest 23 Nov
There is a window of opportunity to assist
in the conservation of the largest remaining rainforest in West Africa, Nigeria's Cross
River rainforest. The region includes rare and unique gorillas, drill monkeys,
chimpanzees, gray parrots and other endangered animals and plants. The decision has
recently been made to halt logging in the area. This progress must be consolidated through
complimentary letters. Please respond to this Action Alert. g.b.
INDONESIA: Plundered Forests
The last forests of Indo-Malaysia are being mopped up. Even CNN has the
scoop on the logging in Indonesian National Parks. South-east Asian rainforests are toast
unless something is done quickly.g.b.
The Health of the
Excerpts from the United Nations Environment
Program's report on the environmental health of the planet.
Future of pipeline in doubt
The future of the controversial Chad-Cameroon oil
development project and pipeline was in doubt yesterday after Exxon announced it was
"considering changes" in the consortium which has planned to undertake the
Shell drops Africa pipeline -- Enviro costs too great
Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Elf Aquitaine have pulled out
of its oil extraction and pipeline project in Chad ands Cameroon. Exxon and the World Bank
are the other parties involved in the project, which plans to export oil from the
land-locked African country of Chad via a pipeline through neighbouring Cameroon. RIC and
other organisations have been involved in campaigns against the scheme, and the backdown
by Shell and Elf confirms that you, dear reader, have the power to help stop
environmentally destructive projects. Please keep responding to our action alerts!
Continued pressure on the World Bank is now crucial. Link here to Action Alert.
Strike Three 22 Nov '99
Three items which do Australia no credit
clearfelled on Olympic Doorstep
The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, now less than 12 months away, have been billed as the
"Green Olympics". Yet NSW State Premier Bob Carr, whose government is
responsible for the Games, plans to approve clearfelling on Sydney's doorstep. Request
-- see end of article
The world's worst
At the 1997 negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, an
Australian environmentalist wore a paper bag over his head -- he was too ashamed of his
government's stand to show his face. Australia won special concessions in those
negotiations and is allowed to increase its carbon dioxide emissions. Now, the Australia
Institute has found that Australia emits 25% more carbon dioxide per capita than the US
and more than double most European Union countries.
Land clearance a
Australia was one of only two over-developed countries to receive a special deal at the
Kyoto global warming conference, allowing it to increase its greehouse gas emissions on
the basis that its economy was particularly dependent on fossil fuels. Yet land clearance
is responsible for an estimated 15% of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions. It
has also been the major cause of Australia's burgeoning soil salinity problem. Land
clearance in central Queensland, the subject of this article, is nothing new. It has been
proceeding unchecked for years.
Anti-WTO Website Opened
Your "one-stop" WTO web site is now up and running: www.seattle99.org . Run by International groups who
oppose the destruction of people and environment that untrammeled free trade promises.
"We are diverse in our approaches and messages but unified in calling for citizens
around the world become involved in setting their own destiny". Forests are
threatened worldwide by the WTO's proposed Global Free Logging Agreement.
World Bank team in Cameroon for pipeline talks
In response to concerns of environmentalists, the World Bank held back on
further funding of this project so that environmental studies could be done. A high-level
Bank delegation is now in Africa investigating. The
proposed pipeline is the subject a current Action Alert
GLOBAL WARMING: Carbon
Offset Forestry Won't Work
Can we plant more trees as an alternative to reducing the consumption of
fossil fuels? Not according to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
They believe it won't work. This article explains why. The idea has also been debunked
elsewhere. We have run an article on those who benefit from promoting Carbon Offset
forestry.(Trading CO2 Emissions for Trees: Who Benefits?)
Early Action Needed to Buy Time
Research commissioned by the British Government predicts bad things for
rainforests and other living creatures unless action is taken on global warming. If
appropriate action is taken, on the other hand, the global community will buy valuable
time to adapt to global warming.The report on this research comes just before the
International community meets in Bonn to make progress on implementing the legally binding
Kyoto protocol on Carbon dioxide emissions.
and Forests: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION AND ACTION: NOVEMBER 4,
International activists have called a day of action against the WTO's
Global Free Logging Agreement, against the practices of timber giant Boise Cascade,
against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and in support of indigenous
peoples.Organizers of the actions have joined to denounce globalization and neoliberalism
as exemplified by so-called "free trade" agreements. The Nov. 4 actions will
promote healthy ecosystems, strong communities and solidarity with indigenous peoples.
GAIA: WTO Threatens Forests, Environment and
Free trade is one thing. Free trade at the expense of nearly all national
environmental regulation is another. The World Trade Organization is poised to rule
on a "Global Free Logging Agreement" which would reduce tariffs on forest
products; lead to increased forest consumption, and greater forest destruction. It would
also potentially jeopardize "bans on the use of endangered tropical timber,
safeguards to prevent the importation of invasive species, and ecolabeling and
certification of sustainably harvested timber." The industrial forest trade is
anything but "free"; as the Earth, indigenous peoples, and the world's
populace in general bears the price of failing ecosystems. Following is a
well-crafted action alert from Rainforest Action Network--please take the time to