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How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests

How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
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Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year
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Stopping the chainsaws

Stopping the chainsaws | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Determined Australian forester Scott Poynton is employing unusual methods in his crusade to get the world's loggers to clean up their act.
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"Poynton is a scientist, a forester, a rational man. He and the employees of his non-profit organisation, The Forest Trust, analyse and delve into the supply chains of the world's biggest retailers and commodity producers to reveal the environmental and social damage done by their products. Then he shows them how to do business differently. TFT's model for change has helped convince companies such as Wilmar, Nestlé, Ferrero and Asia Pulp & Paper - some of which are considered by the green movement as the epitome of environmental evil - that they can operate without cutting down forests and harming forest-reliant communities" (Michael Bachelard, The Age).

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New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar

New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Pressure from loggers, gold prospectors, and land speculators endangers many of the world's last remaining uncontacted indigenous communities.
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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | MAGAZINE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION - ASIA-PACIFIC: Foreigners Usurp One-Third of Papua New Guinea

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | MAGAZINE FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION - ASIA-PACIFIC: Foreigners Usurp One-Third of Papua New Guinea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By J C Suresh TORONTO - “O arise all you sons of this land, Let us sing of our joy to be free, Praising God and rejoicing to be Papua New Guinea.” This is the first verse of the song that was
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Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Development: Papua New Guinea

Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Development: Papua New Guinea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Development: Papua New Guinea Case Study
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NOte: The statistics provided are for 2003. That said, the other information is useful: The parties involved in the logging issue and the problems caused by logging.

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Luxury leather and the Amazon

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Cattle ranches are threatening the Amazon thanks to our love of luxury leather goods. But, reports Lucy Siegle, Brazil's forests could have an unlikely ally: Gucci
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How the Amazon rainforest is being saved

How the Amazon rainforest is being saved | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
For years, the story told about the Amazon has centred on the destruction of the world's largest rainforest - but that is no longer the whole truth.
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Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
At the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some…
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Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation

Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:23 AM

Option - Land degradation

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Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world

Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indigenous people crossed from Peru into Brazil looking for help to combat illegal loggers and drug traffickers, researchers say
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Logging and Mudslides

Logging and Mudslides | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide.

Via Seth Dixon
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Illustrates the combination of natural processes and human activity.

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Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 2014 1:39 PM

Mijnbouw en aardverschuivingen, een goede combinatie ...... 

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:48 AM

There are several reasons for mudslides--some are purely a result of physical geography and others are related to land use patterns.  This last week's mudslide in Washington state was a combination of the two and although this impacts one place (see on map), it is a good teaching moment to discuss the environmental impacts of land use patterns and resource extraction projects.  As seen in this interactive, the river was cutting at the base of the hill, while loggers were clear-cutting at the top of the mountain.  Trees help prevent erosion as the roots hold the soil in place--a critical piece to the puzzle in a very rainy climate.  With $1 million worth of timber on the slope, logging companies persisted despite objections from the Department of Natural Resources and some restrictions (but in hindsight, those restrictions clearly were not enough). 

 

View the impact in ArcGIS online: Before and After Swipe, LiDAR I and II, and Imagery.

 

Questions to Consider: Other than economic worth, what other ways are there to value and evaluate the environment?  How could this landscape have been protected and managed better or was this mudslide inevitable?   

El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, April 18, 2014 12:03 AM

Working on an Inquiry of recent natural disasters with first grader.  

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Australians involved in PNG land scandal

Australians involved in PNG land scandal | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Logging companies in PNG are using special agricultural leases to clear vast tracts of rainforest timber, on the promise of roads and economic development for remote villages.
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Study shows only 22% of Malaysian Borneo still covered by intact forest

Study shows only 22% of Malaysian Borneo still covered by intact forest | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Nearly 80% of land in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak has been impacted by undocumented logging and forests clearing operations, a new study has found.The impacts included building new roads…...
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Illegal logging takes 30 football fields a minute: why isn't Australia acting?

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"As documented in a recent report by the World Bank, “Justice for the Forests,” illegal logging is now a massive criminal enterprise, rivaling the illegal drug trade and robbing developing nations of up to US$15 billion in revenues annually. Of the 15 top timber-producing nations, two-thirds lose over half of their timber to illegal loggers, with some losing up to 90%."

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Is using native forests for energy really carbon-neutral?

Is using native forests for energy really carbon-neutral? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Ending Australian’s native forest conflict takes a government that can make that wise and strategic stitch in time – now – and rule out native forest wood from the energy market.
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