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Does chopping down rainforests for pulp and paper help alleviate poverty in Indonesia?   Leave a comment

Does chopping down rainforests for pulp and paper help alleviate poverty in Indonesia?.
Over the past several years, Asia Pulp & Paper has engaged in a marketing campaign to represent its operations in Sumatra as socially and environmentally sustainable. APP and its agents maintain that industrial pulp and paper production — as practiced in Sumatra — does not result in deforestation, is carbon neutral, helps protect wildlife, and alleviates poverty [see APP documents]. While a series ofanalyses and reports have shown most of these assertions to be false, the final claim has largely not been contested. But does conversion of lowland rainforests for pulp and paper really alleviate poverty in Indonesia?

Posted February 24, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment, government

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Featured photojournalist: Kevin Frayer | Art and design | guardian.co.uk   Leave a comment

 

AP photographer Kevin Frayer moved to New Delhi in 2009. Here he captures a community of coal scavengers who live and collect coal illegally for a few dollars a day in the village of Bokapahari, India

via Featured photojournalist: Kevin Frayer | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.Kevin Frayer coal mine: Coal scavengers in Bokapahari, India

Posted February 17, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment

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More from Eyjafjallajokull – The Big Picture – Boston.com   Leave a comment

Eruption of Stromboli (Isole Eolie/Italia), ca...

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Chunks of ice from a glacial flood triggered by a volcanic eruption lie in front of the still-erupting volcano near Eyjafjallajokul on April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) #

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Posted February 16, 2011 by dmacc502 in archives, environment

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Best National Parks To Visit In Winter (PHOTOS)   Leave a comment

 

 

Bryce’s red hoodoos–limestone spires–are highlighted by the snow in the Amphitheater

Seasonal Highlights: Unlike Utah’s other national parks, Bryce Canyon receives plenty of snow, making it a popular cross-country ski area. The park’s 2½-mi Fairyland Ski Loop is marked but ungroomed, as is the 5-mi Paria Loop, which runs through ponderosa forests into long, open meadows. Snowshoes are provided for free during ranger-led snowshoe hikes. You can snowshoe on the rim trails, but the Park Service discourages their use below the rim.

Top Activities: Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing

Plan Your Trip: Fodor’s Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide

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Posted February 16, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment, photography, travel, wilderness

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Scientists discover how to make squids go completely berserk – CSMonitor.com   Leave a comment

 

 

It turns out that squids can hear. But do they listen?

School-bus sized squid actually quite friendly, study finds

Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts

Future research might investigate whether comparable human semen proteins have similar effects, investigators added.

Scientists investigated the longfin squid (Loligo pealeii), which live for nine to 12 months, usually mating and laying eggs in the spring, when the animals migrate from deep offshore waters to shallower waters along the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina to Maine. Females mate several times with multiple males, who compete fiercely over females.

IN PICTURES: The 20 weirdest fish in the ocean

While in the field, scientists noticed that male squid were visually attracted to the tens of thousands of eggs laid on the seafloor. After just one touch of the eggs with their arms or heads, the researchers found that males immediately and dramatically went from swimming calmly to extreme aggression, including grappling, fin beating and forward lunging.

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Posted February 10, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment, photography, sea

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Slovakia: Family holiday in a country that’s come back to life – Telegraph   Leave a comment

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Where can you take the family on an alpine-type holiday (forests, rivers, mountains), but at non-Alpine prices? Until last year, I had no idea, but I now know: it’s Slovakia.

Yes, this small, landlocked nation may have lost Prague in its 1993 divorce from the Czech Republic, but fortunately it kept the Tatra Mountains.

via Slovakia: Family holiday in a country that’s come back to life – Telegraph.

Posted February 4, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment, History, travel

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In Borneo, City Pleasures and Jungle Adventure – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

Weekend Market in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Ma...

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A SNOW-WHITE fortress in the style of the English Renaissance, garnished with crenellations, pepper pot turrets and an octagonal keep, is not quite what you’d expect to find on a steamy bluff overlooking an equatorial river in Malaysian Borneo. But Fort Margherita, built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, the second White Rajah of Sarawak, is just one of the many charms of Kuching, a gracious and kaleidoscopically diverse city of about 600,000 just an hour and a half by air from Singapore.

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Posted February 4, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment, travel