New Earth Watch With Dr. Felicia Keesing On Biodiversity, Infectious Diseases & Coronavirus

Photo: The Keesing Lab Dr. Felicia Keesing, Distinguished Professor of the Sciences at Bard College in New York, U.S.A., received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She studies the consequences of interactions among… Read More

The COVID-19 Crisis and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous man. Espirito Santo, Brazil, November 2005.  Tupinikim and Guaraní peoples cut down a plantation of eucalyptus trees owned by Aracruz Celulose to rebuild this village in its traditional location. The village had been forcibly removed to make… Read More

March 21st Is International Day of Forests

Ancient redwood forest, northern California (2020) Photo: Petermann March 21st | UN International Day of Forests World Rainforest Movement 19 March 2020 In 2012, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared March 21st the International Day of Forests…. Read More

Secondary forests have short lifespans

Most don’t last long enough to provide habitat for many forest species (ST. LOUIS): Secondary forests, or forests that have regrown after agriculture use, only last an average of 20 years, according to a recently released scientific paper [open… Read More

‘Dangerous’ Decline in Biodiversity Threatening Humanity’s Wellbeing Worldwide

By Jessica Corbett Originally posted by Common Dreams   From failures to combat global warming to pollution and the exploitation of natural resources, human activity is significantly contributing to a worldwide and “dangerous” decline in biodiversity, jeopardizing nature’s ability to… Read More

Indigenous Communities Urge Governments to Support their Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives

Via Global Forest Coalition   Indigenous communities’ own conservation practices are vital to biodiversity conservation, said two new reports [1] launched by communities in Kenya [2] and Ghana [3]. These are part of a series of reports from… Read More

Ecological Annihilation vs. The Battle to Save Last Pockets of Biodiversity

The Sixth Great Extinction and the Fight to Save the Ancient Bialowieza Forest in Poland   BY ANNE PETERMANN In this Guardian article Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Event Under Way, Scientists Warn, and associated video, a recent study… Read More

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind

Originally published on CommonDreams.org By Vandana Shiva   “Amaranth, Amaranto, love-lies-bleeding, tassel flower, Joseph’s coat, or ramdana (gods own grain) is the grain of well-being,” Shiva writes. (Photo: Elizabeth Weller/flickr/cc) A recent report from the National Academy of Science of… Read More

Destructive Companies ‘Creating More Biodiversity’?

Originally published by the World Rainforest Movement: As we have already argued in previous bulletins, it is absurd to accept the idea that companies can freely destroy an area—for example to conduct mining activities—as long as they “offset”… Read More