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Infographic: How Forests Can Better Combat Climate and Carbon Emissions

United States forests offset nearly 13% of our total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions--and they could do even more. This infographic explains how we can get more out of our forests.
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Nice infographic from American Forest Foundation on the role of US forests.

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How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream?

How Many Trees Does It Take to Protect a Stream? | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Scientists Set Streamside Forest Buffer Width Minimum Standard Based on Eight Different Functions

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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
It wasn't just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi
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Underwater forest? 'Enchanted forest' provides tantalizing hints to past climate.

Underwater forest? 'Enchanted forest' provides tantalizing hints to past climate. | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Underwater forest: An underwater forest discovered in the Gulf of Mexico contains trees that lived for hundreds or maybe thousands of years, and died over 50,000 years ago.
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The effect of urban green spaces on wellbeing is comparable to employment and marriage

The effect of urban green spaces on wellbeing is comparable to employment and marriage | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Scientific evidence that living near green spaces makes you happier and improves your mental health.
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Obvious, but nice to see in print.

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New models predict drastically greener Arctic in coming decades

New models predict drastically greener Arctic in coming decades | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
New research predicts that rising temperatures will lead to a massive "greening," or increase in plant cover, in the Arctic.
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VPR News: Stenger Plans Four-Season Attractions At Burke Mountain

If there was ever a winter to remind tourism officials that it's dangerous to bank on snow, this is it. At Jay Peak Resort, developer Bill Stenger has already built  a water park to give his
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Once again, a reminder that it is "dangerous to bank on snow."  Unfortunately, such is our future in Vermont.  Development at Burke is good news for a part of Vermont in need of jobs and ammenities. All this activity is on the other side of Conservation Collaboratives' forestland, which we hope to permanently protect.

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Australia adds new colour to temperature maps as heat soars

Australia adds new colour to temperature maps as heat soars | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Damian Carrington: Forecast temperatures are so extreme that the Bureau of Meteorology has had to add a new colour to its scale. It is a sign of things to come
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Vermont Resort Pulls in Big Foreign Investments

Vermont Resort Pulls in Big Foreign Investments | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Developers with big plans for Jay Peak and nearby Newport have got millions in financing under a program that gives foreigners a green card in exchange for a $500,000 investment.
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NYT - Students Take Aim at Endowments

NYT - Students Take Aim at Endowments | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Students are demanding that university endowment funds rid themselves of coal, oil and gas stocks in hopes of bringing climate change onto the national political agenda.
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Bloomberg's Article - A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change

Bloomberg's Article - A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast -- in lost lives, lost homes and lost business -- brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.
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California carbon market launches, permits priced below expectations

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's largest greenhouse gas emitting businesses paid $10.09 per metric tonne (1.1 ton) for the right to release carbon, raising almost $300 million for the cash-strapped...
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How Does Climate Change Make Superstorms Like Sandy More Destructive? | The Energy Collective

How Does Climate Change Make Superstorms Like Sandy More Destructive? | The Energy Collective | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Satellite image of Superstorm Sandy taken at 10 am EDT Tuesday. Image NASA GSFC via Masters.
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General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive announce deforestation-free policies for palm oil sourcing

General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive announce deforestation-free policies for palm oil sourcing | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Two consumer products giants have joined the wave of companies committing to deforestation-free palm oil. On Monday General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive both announced palm oil policies that go beyond standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry's main certification body. The policies include provisions to protect wildlife-rich rainforests and carbon-dense peatlands, while respecting the rights of local communities.

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Could eating earthworms be part of a climate neutrality plan?

Could eating earthworms be part of a climate neutrality plan? | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Woodland salamanders perform a vital ecological service in American forests by helping to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Woodland salamander predation on invertebrates indirectly affects the amount of leaf litter retained for soil-building where nutrients and carbon are captured at the litter-soil interface.
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By eating inverts (beetles, earthworms, etc.), woodland salamanders  play an important role in the carbon cycle.   According to this synopsis of a recent USDA study, "Woodland salamander predation on invertebrates indirectly affects the amount of leaf litter retained for soil-building where nutrients and carbon are captured at the litter-soil interface."  Before anyone starts salivating over the idea of stir-fried beetles, I think it is worth thinking about some key points.  Native species play a critical - if not always appreciated role - in ecosystem health, ecosystem services, and creating a healthy balance in nature.     

Another article circulated today by "Forests for Maine's Future," described the ultimate imbalance - the forests around Chernobyl, where highly radiated areas were found to have very little  microbial decomposition of the leaf litter on the top layer of the soil.  

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The Ski Diva | For women who ski

The Ski Diva | For women who ski | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
For women who ski
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Visitors to Jay Peak Resort can mitigate CO2 emissions from travel to the mountain through local tree planting.  Protect H2O, air, and wildlife at the same time.

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NH officials announce emerald ash borer quarantine

NH officials announce emerald ash borer quarantine | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
The invasive beetle is responsible for killing millions of ash trees around the US
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On the ground, Ash trees are an important component of New England's forests.  After harvesting, they are used in long lived wood products, most notably, bats used by baseball players ranging from school age to the professional leagues.  

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Soils in newly forested areas store substantial carbon that could help offset climate change

Soils in newly forested areas store substantial carbon that could help offset climate change | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Surface appearances can be so misleading: In most forests, the amount of carbon held in soils is substantially greater than the amount contained in the trees themselves.
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A million acres of Adk timberland becoming "junk"? | NCPR News

A million acres of Adk timberland becoming "junk"? | NCPR News | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
In recent weeks, the Adirondack Park has become embroiled in a new debate over clearcut logging. But a growing coalition of environmentalists, industry leaders, government officials and academics agree on one thing.
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Court sides with California in carbon offset case | REDD Offset Working Group

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This milestone is relevant as forest based carbon offsets projects, from New England as well as the rest of the United States, are eligible for the California Market.

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How the Great Bear project is a leader in carbon offsets

How the Great Bear project is a leader in carbon offsets | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
James Tansey, who develops carbon-offset systems, says North Americans have been hiding behind China in carbon management
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Interesting update from north of the border.

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State buys easement on 21,000 acres in Washington County

State buys easement on 21,000 acres in Washington County | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — With the purchase of a conservation easement on more than 21,000 acres, the state has helped preserve a large swath of woodland and the area’s tourist economy, officials announced Tuesday.
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I Believe: Seeing the rivers for their trees

I Believe: Seeing the rivers for their trees | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
As a child, I loved playing outside — exploring the woods behind our house, climbing trees, wading through streams, and most of all, catching salamanders.
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World Bank says world likely to warm by four degrees • The Register

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A climate change call to arms - The Boston Globe

A climate change call to arms - The Boston Globe | Forests, Ecosystem Services, and Climate Change. | Scoop.it
Winter temperatures have been rising, and the implications of climate change for this region’s economy--including how we play on and earn our livings from the snow--are enormous.
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