News Roundup

Leaves and Twigs: A Weekly Roundup of the Best Sustainability Stories on the Web

Last week, Asia Pulp and Paper pledged to cease logging in Indonesian rainforests; a new study found that “most” species on Earth could be recorded within the next 50 years; and North American officials sought protection for endangered wolverines. Read on for these and other stories… 

This orangutan calls Indonesia's island of Sumatra home.

This orangutan calls Indonesia’s island of Sumatra home.

  • Richard Donovan, senior vice president of the Rainforest Alliance, reflects on Asia Pulp and Paper’s announcement that it will immediately stop clearing Indonesia’s rainforests for paper pulp. [The Wire]
  • Need another reason to bike to work? Cyclists aren’t just eco-warriors—they’re also said to be the happiest of us all! [Grist]
  • The US Department of Agriculture warns that “big changes are in store for the nation’s forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts.” [The Washington Post]
  • “Man, not disease, drove the Tasmanian tiger to extinction, according to a new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology.” [Mongabay]
  • Federal officials have proposed Endangered Species Act protections for the wolverine (sometimes called the “mountain devil”) in the lower 48 states. [Huffington Post]
  • Trees in the Amazon die off 7 to 10 percent more quickly—due to storm damage and drought–than conventionally believed. [Mongabay]
  • Rivers, lakes and wetlands—which cover 20 percent of the Amazon Basin—are increasingly degraded by deforestation. [Phys.org]
  • Planning a trip? Consider one of these family-friendly World Heritage Sites. [National Geographic]
  • For a price, most species on Earth could be recorded within the next 50 years. [Our Amazing Planet]
  • “Without trees the Earth becomes barren and our crops will not grow,” explains Reynaldo, a farmer in the Peruvian Amazon. [YouTube]

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