News Roundup

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

Join us for a rundown of the stories that captivated the conservation community last week.


Amazon Deforestation Rate Up 88 Percent Over Last Year,” Treehugger

According to the Brazilian forest monitoring agency, IMAZON, which uses satellite imagery to track deforestation in near real-time, the world’s largest rainforest lost 606 square miles of rainforest between August 2012 and April 2013—an area equivalent to nearly 300,000 football fields. All told, this latest figure represents an increase of 88 percent over the previous year in which 322 square miles were cleared.

It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest,” Why Don’t You Try This

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guama, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.


Ecotourism’s Role in Empowering Women,” Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference

‘Ecotourism is a brilliant opportunity for women to grow both professionally and personally, while remaining to be a part of the local community where they live and work,’ says Dominika Zareba of Partnership Fund. ‘Ecotourism can empower women in many ways. The multidisciplinary concept of ecotourism can engage women with different skills, interests and passions. Working for ecotourism can be an important added value to everyday life.’

Crazy Cat Numbers: Unusually High Jaguar Densities Discovered in Amazon Rainforest,” Mongabay

‘Our results indicate that there are more females than males in our populations,’ says Mathia Tobler. ‘This is good news since the number of breeding females is usually the limiting factor in a population. Males travel over larger areas and can mate with multiple females.’


A Plague of Deforestation Sweeps Across Southeast Asia,” Environment 360

Illegal logging and unchecked economic development are taking a devastating toll on the forests of Vietnam and neighboring countries, threatening areas of biodiversity so rich that 1,700 species have been discovered in the last 15 years alone.

International Tourism Receipts Grew by 4% in 2012,” World Tourism Organization

‘It is encouraging to see that the growth in international tourist arrivals was equalled by a comparable increase in spending in spite of continued economic challenges’ said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. ‘Considering that tourism is a key export for many economies around the world, this result is good news as it provides foreign reserves to destinations, and contributes to job creation in tourism as well as in related economic sectors’ he added.

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