Congratulations to another of our project sponsors, professional services provider Deloitte, which was ranked 16th in the 2012 Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For List with a little help from the firm’s small,‘green’ friend.
President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has ordered the Philippine National Police to plant 10 million trees in just one year, in light of the devastating effects of deforestation and climate change in the country.
Read more at Treehugger
A battalion of 580 eco solders in Nicaragua are helping to protect its dwindling forests from illegal logging – they’ve just had their first successes. In Kitchener’s own words:
Join up – your climate needs you!
Congratulations to another of our sponsors, Deloitte, whose rainforest project in Tanzania last year succeeded in planting over a million trees!
New technology is helping scientists to calculate the amount of carbon stored in the world’s remaining tropical forests. This is vital to our understanding of how disturbing these forests might impact the climate, but also to ensure that efforts to protect forests are credited correctly. Continue reading How much carbon?
A recent study from scientists at Harvard University suggests that planting trees in temperate regions such as Europe and North America could have unanticipated affects on the world’s climate. Continue reading What would happen if we planted more trees in Europe or North America?
The Wildlife Trust of India, an NGO with which UBoC is co-ordinating a project, have reported on the successful relocation of a recently captured elephant. Continue reading Conflict elephant evades “death sentence”
A final vote in the Brazilian House of Representatives, over controversial changes to their forestry code, has been postponed until March 2012. In early December, the Senate agreed to approve the new code, but 70 amendments are still to be voted on before agreement is sought from President Dilma Rousseff.
It’s great to see one of our project sponsors, recycling group Straight plc, continuing to lead the way – this time by agreeing a collaborative partnership with one of the UK’s best known brands of garden products, Stewart. Continue reading Straight Goes from Strength to Strength
Access to sustainable sources of energy is a major challenge for poverty alleviation and forest conservation across the tropics. In Africa more than 650 million people live without access to electricity. Lack of electricity and a continued reliance on wood and charcoal for energy not only causes health problems and deprives people of opportunities for education but is an ongoing cause of deforestation. In many parts of Africa the collection of fuel wood for cooking and heating is the leading cause of forest loss and degradation. Providing sustainable energy to remote rural communities is the focus of a UBoC project in Tanzania run by the Tongwe Trust and Fauna and Flora International. With support from Premier Farnell the project has provided solar fridges for the storage of vaccines in local village dispensaries. The next exciting stage of this project will start in the New Year (more information available shortly). Meanwhile researchers at the University of Leeds have studied how projected changes to climate over the coming century will impact the amount of electricity generated by solar power.