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  1. Hi! I share the great article "Awareness today . . ." about the COP21 and our sense of humanity, by the Brazilian writer Paiva Netto. Check out it and leave your comments on the website http://goo.gl/IzsZVt I quote a short part of the article: "I present, as follows, for this 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, 2015, a modest contribution to the debates that the climate agenda urgently demands. For decades I have defended that the destruction of Nature is the extinction of the human race. It is evident that this is not just a simple catch phrase to grab the attention of Humanity, always in a hurry, often towards its own extermination. In general, human beings act like there is no tomorrow. For this reason, they cease to assess the future results of their actions in the present. This is worrisome, because when the devastating effects of bad sowing arrive, the situation may be irreversible or accompanied by enormous losses. Sustainability is in vogue. However, do we act according to its meaning? Problems related to natural resources increase every day. Look at how water levels in reservoirs are getting lower in several cities in the world! . . . " Keep reading: http://goo.gl/IzsZVt Best Regards, Gabriela.
  2.   Scientists have created, together with Google and the U.S. government, a high-resolution map of the world's forest using satellite imagery. The amazing high-res map details the growth and loss of some of the world's key ecosystems between 2000-2012.   "Using archived imagery captured by a NASA satellite called Landsat, Hansen and his team used Google Earth Engine computing to map a detailed view of global forests at 30-meter resolution that they say is a vast improvement over previous knowledge of forest cover. It has allowed them to quantify forest gain and loss each year from 2000 to 2012, whether from logging, fires or storms. Users of the map have the ability to zoom in on small regions of the globe and see how forest cover has changed over time."   The results from the satellite images have shocked scientists.    "Between 2000 and 2012, some 880,000 square miles of forest were lost, largely in tropical and subtropical areas. Only 309,000 square miles of forest were gained during that period. [...] What’s more, while the satellite images confirmed that the rate of deforestation in Brazilian rain forests — once the highest in the world — is on the decline, and indeed has been cut in half, “intensive forestry” in developing countries in Africa and Asia more than offset the gains achieved in Brazil."   And it doesn't look much better in the West. In Southeastern  U.S., 31% of the subtropical forests had been lost, or in some cases regrown. These forests are also disturbed at four times the rate of South American rain forests.   The massive deforestation is mostly a result of industrial development and the need for commodities such as timber, soybeans and palm oil in the global marketplace. “The product chain leads directly back to us,” Matthew Hansen, a professor of geographical sciences at the University of Maryland, said. “The demand comes back to us."   via Al Jazeera America
  3. Petition Amazon crime in UK gardens?

    Rare Amazon trees are being cut down by criminal loggers and turned into luxury garden decking. And it’s for sale at builders merchant Jewson!   We’ve reported Jewson to the UK government regulator. But if we kick off a big enough threat to their reputation as a responsible company, we could get them to stop selling dodgy wood in days, not months. We can do it with a huge and fast-growing petition.    Can you sign now to demand Jewson stop plundering the Amazon? https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/amazontimber2   The criminal loggers use sophisticated scams to give their illegal timber a legitimate-sounding cover story. You won’t find Amazon timber at B&Q and Homebase - but you will at Jewson.   A two-year Greenpeace investigation and an undercover sting in April have revealed they buy wood from the riskiest part of Brazil, where almost 80% of logging is illegal.     A salesman for Jewson’s partner company told our undercover investigator that the paperwork from Brazil, claiming to show where the timber comes from, is "not worth much more [than] what it's written on”.    The Amazon rainforest is living, breathing, vast and beautiful.  It’s home to millions of animal, plant, insect and bird species. Yet criminal loggers smash roads right through it to get to rare trees, roads that are often later used to start fires for illegal land clearance.   Recently, together we got Oriental & Pacific Tuna to stop using fishing methods that kill turtles and sharks after targeting their biggest retailer, Tesco. And we got Procter & Gamble to agree to stop buying palm oil from companies that destroy Indonesia’s rainforests.   Now let’s do it for the Amazon.   Sign the petition: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/amazontimber2 Jewson claims that the wood it sells is legal but the only evidence they can point to is exactly the same paperwork used by criminal gangs to disguise illegal timber. Time to call them out - sign now.