first_imgActivism, Biodiversity, Bioenergy, Biomass Burning, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Forests, Commentary, Editorials, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Researcher Perspective Series Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Addressing climate change and global environmental degradation will require a total rethinking of our relationship with the natural world, including forests.However, academics and researchers appear far more open to supporting lobbying from big industries such as bioenergy.Academic forestry should consider the impact this imbalance has upon the global sustainability movement.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Last month, over 100 senior academics and researchers signed on to a knee-jerk letter from an industry lobby group criticising a Chatham House report that highlighted the serious damage industrial biomass energy is doing to the climate and environment.The Chatham House report’s findings aren’t just some treehugger mumbo-jumbo, they’re well-documented in peer-reviewed articles and IPCC reports. The critique letter, on the other hand, is biased, vague, and a clear attempt to derail the argument for a properly sustainable bioenergy regime that provides real climate benefit without degrading forest biological diversity.Because the biomass boom is great for business, the bioenergy industry is lobbying hard to keep loopholes open and to maintain false definitions of sustainability. These give big energy companies access to vast subsidies and tax breaks to convert aging coal plants to burn wood fuel, releasing dangerous amounts of CO2 and trashing global forests. But why are otherwise sensible, highly trained forest researchers and academics joining this murky movement?An immediate answer to this is that these lucrative sectors open up lots of funding from governments and forest-based industries. Also, academics spend entire careers developing economic models and scientific approaches to research, requiring detachment and objectivity. Many forest researchers are therefore not necessarily comfortable or encouraged to consider the holistic impacts of their work.This reflects a wider attitude within the forestry sector, which fails to take responsibility for its impacts on the global environment. Take Dutch Elm disease and the Ash Dieback epidemic, just two examples in a long list of tree-destroying diseases that have piggybacked into Europe on wood imports.Each of these disasters is wiping out entire species, not just of affected tree species but also immeasurable guilds of invertebrates, fungi, and animals associated with them. Foresters tend to talk about the spread of such diseases as random events, part of the inevitable risks associated with forest management. The counter “phyto-sanitary” measures presented are unfailingly reactive, treating symptoms while avoiding making any real, proactive changes to the global timber trade, the shipping industry, or to forest management as a whole. A long debate about whether monoculture-based forestry increases disease risks continues to rumble on. Arguments in favour of “business as usual” forestry are supported by citing specific examples where it works.Untangling forest management’s impacts on the global environment from the influences of other pressures is an impossible task — however, when viewed as a whole, it becomes clear that our actions are increasingly undermining the resilience of ecosystems worldwide.Forest in Söderåsen National Parl, Sweden. Photo by Zak Gratton.How about supporting domestic tree nurseries and locally sourced native tree species, rather than importing foreign-grown trees and soil? What about challenging global trade and consumerism, which promotes ever-growing amounts of useless junk being shipped around the world, boxed up in timber which has been linked with the spread of the Asian longhorn beetle in the USA and pinewood nematode in Portugal?These are difficult visions to realise in our globalised world, as existing WTO trade rules expressly forbid the laws and regulations which would be required to implement real change, while new developments such as TTIP and CETA provide even further cause for concern.Forestry as a sector could add weight to calls from environmentalists to reform our relationship with global forests and design new, truly sustainable approaches to tackle the challenges we face in the 21st Century.A good opportunity right now is the open letter urging the FAO to rework its definition of what constitutes a forest — the current definition includes tree plantations, meaning conversions from old growth, native forest to even-aged monocultures don’t need to be accounted for on climate or biodiversity reports. Over 100 NGOs have so far signed the letter, while just a handful of academics have signaled their support.Joining environmental organisations in calling for positive changes to global forestry might appear beyond the scope of forest research, but many academics clearly have no problem adding their voice to industry lobbying efforts aimed at protecting the status quo and preventing that change from happening.This is especially troubling at present, as the EU is currently debating a suite of post-Kyoto forestry and bioenergy policies for 2021 onwards, while industry and corrupted officials are fighting to weaken accounting rules to hide the true impact burning biomass has on the climate.Forestry is a broad sector, and I don’t mean to tar all foresters with the same brush. That said, my experience as an MSc student of forestry, as well as working alongside bioenergy activists from around the world, has led me to feel that forestry has become disconnected at large from the positive changes we need to force upon our policymakers right now.It is half-jokingly estimated that forestry has a 20-year “seed dormancy,” a lag-time for the sector to embrace new ideas. Forestry is a classical, slow moving beast. It wasn’t so long ago that removing ancient woodlands to plant non-native monocultures was textbook practice, and foresters are slowly realising that following natural forest processes in management decisions can benefit both biodiversity and economy.So, perhaps in 20 years those foresters who still lend their name to industrial lobbying will wake up and realise that they missed a huge opportunity to contribute to re-designing our relationship with global forests. But it could be too late by then.We can adapt management globally to massively boost forest CO2 removals from the atmosphere, getting us on track to meet our urgent climate change targets. We can close the loopholes in accounting rules, so instead they honestly show the impact burning trees for energy has on the climate. We can move towards forest management that protects biodiversity while supporting local communities worldwide.Adding a clear voice from forestry to environmental campaigns would add momentum to this exciting movement.Birch polypore Piptoporus betulinus in Gribskov forest, Denmark. Photo by Zak Gratton.Zak Gratton is an environmental campaigner and ecologist, currently undertaking an MSc in Forest and Nature Management in Copenhagen. Follow him on Twitter: @fungiforever.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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