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Great Photos of Alaska's Coastline Taken For the Mapping Project

Great Photos of Alaska's Coastline Taken For the Mapping Project | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Shore Zone of Alaska taken from aerial video and photo for mapping  Please also visit:          

www.alaskadispatch.com      

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Historic New England Town, Once Plagued by Tack Factory’s Toxic Pollution, Enjoys Revitalized Coastal Marshes

Historic New England Town, Once Plagued by Tack Factory’s Toxic Pollution, Enjoys Revitalized Coastal Marshes | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
For much of the 20th century, the Atlas Tack Corporation was the main employer in the historic coastal town of Fairhaven, Mass., a place settled in the 1650s by Plymouth colonists. But the presence...
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Beetles to blame for Colorado's fires? Blame climate change instead

Beetles to blame for Colorado's fires? Blame climate change instead | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Tiny, winged bark beetles have been the ecological bad guys of the West for more than a decade, and rightfully so. They've killed off millions of acres' worth of trees in Colorado.
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How about eradicating the beetles? That may sound like a final solution, but even if it were possible, forest scientists would advise against it. Carroll pointed out that the BUGS ARE PART OF A NATURAL CYCLE, in which mature pines fall prey to the bugs and eventually burn in fires like the ones sweeping through Colorado this summer. Such fires consume the remaining trees in a stand, but they also RELEASE THE SEEDS from lodgepole pine cones — beginning a new circle of life."

If anything, the beetle outbreak is more serious in Canada than it is south of the border. "We anticipate losing pretty much two-thirds of the mature pines" in British Columbia's forests, Carroll said. And it could get worse: The beetles have spread across the Rockies to Alberta, the next province over. If the climate conditions are right, there's a chance that the bugs could advance eastward all the way across Canada, and down to the U.S. Great Lakes region as well." (MSN.com)

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Our U.S. Forest Service Partnership -- Replanting America's National Forests at Arborday.org

Our U.S. Forest Service Partnership -- Replanting America's National Forests at Arborday.org | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
This official site of the Arbor Day Foundation provides information about planting and caring for trees, our Rain Forest Rescue and Tree City USA programs, and much more.
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Alll around the globe saving forests so vital to the world

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Rain Forest Rescue Report - 2010 at arborday.org

Rain Forest Rescue Report - 2010 at arborday.org | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
A summary of the Arbor Day Foundation's work in the Belize rain forest, with links to more reports on other countries.
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Its National Arbor Day !    Help make the environment and the earth a better place to live .  Rhode Island has their own chapter so be sure to visit this website and PLANT A TREE !

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Ivory worth $5m seized in Hong Kong | World news | theguardian.com

Ivory worth $5m seized in Hong Kong | World news | theguardian.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
China's growing presence in Africa blamed as illegal containers of tusks and rhino horns found in Nigerian containers.
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On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling

On Nauru, a Sinking Feeling | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

A cautionary tale about life in Nauru, a place with hard ecological limits.

WRITTEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF NAURU 

 

picture from www.discovernauru.com

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Nauru is 8 sq miles, a sovereign nation in Micronesia with a population of about 10,000.  The currency is the Australian dollar and the language is Nauran and English.  The island has many birds, fishing, coral, phosphate mines which destroyed the rainforests, limestone pinnacles, but limited fresh water and electricity.  Monsoon season is Nov to Feb with NE tradewinds March to Oct and 80% humidity.  It has 30 km of coastline and sandy beaches but the coast is eroding quickly.  Vegetation includes coconut palms and tomans trees, frangipani flower and of course bananas.

Unemployment is high.  The eroding coast due to rising sealevels such as what is seen in Papua and the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, Kiribate and Marshall Islands where tides in low lying areas cause people to flee their homes.  Environmental projects to restore damage from mining is underway.

 

PLEASE READ THIS LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF NAURU (2011) NY Times article online

 

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Replanting America's National Forests at Arborday.org

Replanting America's National Forests at Arborday.org | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
They're our national forests, and they connect us to nature, but now it's our turn to help replant these natural resources, which have been devastated by fire and disease.
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Please check this website out  arborday.org  and learn how to help replant trees in our national forests  There are also volunteer programs to help!

 

ITS NATIONAL ARBOR DAY

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