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US Forest Service rules eliminate First Amendment rights in federal wilderness areas

10/27/2014 - Some believe that Americans are taxed too much, regulated too much, over-fined and over-licensed, and now, the U.S. Forest Service is feeding into those concerns with a proposed new rule that would impose further media coverage restrictions on large swaths of lands owned by the public. According...

Forest Pharmaceuticals failed to warn of fatal birth defects from antidepressant use, lawsuit claims

7/28/2014 - Forest Pharmaceuticals is under fire for causing fatal birth defects with its antidepressant drugs Lexapro [S-(+)-1-[3-(dimethyl-amino) propyl]-1-(p-fluorophenyl)-5-phthalancarbonitrile oxalate] and Celexa [-1-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-1-(4-fluorophenyl)-1,3-dihydroisobenzofuran-5-carbonitrile]. As...

Kellogg Company claims it will only use palm oil from environmentally, socially responsible suppliers

2/27/2014 - Major food maker Kellogg's has listened to a growing number of its customers and has agreed to dramatically increase the healthiness quotient of its products by using palm oil that comes only from suppliers who have proven they actively protect rainforests and peatlands, in addition to respecting human...

Forest fires release 44 tons of mercury into the air each year in North America

2/26/2014 - A recent study has found that, while mercury is released into the atmosphere every year from industrial sources, about 30 percent as much makes its way there via forest fires. According to researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., who authored the 2007...

Forest fires release 44 tons of mercury into the air each year in North America

2/26/2014 - A recent study has found that, while mercury is released into the atmosphere every year from industrial sources, about 30 percent as much makes its way there via forest fires. According to researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., who authored the 2007...

Forest fires release 44 tons of mercury into the air each year in North America

2/26/2014 - A recent study has found that, while mercury is released into the atmosphere every year from industrial sources, about 30 percent as much makes its way there via forest fires. According to researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., who authored the 2007...

Breakthrough urban food forest tower under construction in Milan

9/6/2013 - The city of Milan, Italy, is the future home of the world's first two food forest skyscrapers. Described by its architects as "a model of vertical densification of nature within the city," the urban food forest towers measure 110 and 76 meters tall. Altogether holding 900 trees vertically, the skyscrapers...

Death of 19 firefighters in Arizona begs the question: Why do we keep putting out forest fires in the first place?

7/1/2013 - Long before humans ever arrived on the scene, forest fires burned themselves out naturally. The forests re-grew and the cycle repeated: fire and rebirth, fire and rebirth. Over and over again for millions of years. This was never a problem until humans came along and decided to build expensive homes...

Jogging in a forest twice as good for you as jogging in a gym

6/27/2012 - Are you getting tired of your same old cardio routine at your local gym? Have you "hit a wall" with your training? New research indicates you would get a better run if you jogged with nature - and it would improve your mental state as well. Researchers at Glasgow University, who looked at natural...

One man creates 1,360 acre forest

5/9/2012 - Have you ever heard the saying "you have the power to make a difference"? Well, the following demonstrates how one person has proven this. Over 30 years ago, a young teenager by the name of Jadav "Molai" Payeng had an idea to turn a barren sandbar into a thriving oasis. With this vision in mind, he...

Your toilet or tissue paper may be contributing to extinction of tigers

2/13/2012 10:23:01 AM - A group known as Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is largely responsible for the decimation of half of Sumatran and other Indonesian rain forests since 1985. These rain forests were the natural habitats for tigers. Activists with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are clamoring for grocery and other store chains...

Food Forests - Design modern solutions from ancient traditions

7/15/2011 - The human practice of growing food from and amongst the trees goes back millennia. There are examples of food forests, or forest gardens, in Vietnam and Morocco stretching back hundreds and thousands of years respectively. Much of the east coast of North America was managed this way by the native peoples...

Forest density study blows hole in excess CO2 myth and the supposed need for carbon taxes

7/4/2011 - We have all heard it before. Humans are supposedly producing too much carbon dioxide (CO2), which is contributing to "global warming" -- and the only solution, of course, is to have the United Nations (UN) distribute carbon use credits and implement carbon taxes to offset an impending global disaster....

Many native forest species threatened by booming palm oil industry

5/28/2011 - The food industry's positive transition from unhealthy hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils to healthy palm fruit oil is also contributing to the destruction of native forests and the species that live in them, according to new research out of Queen Mary, University of London. Published in the...

Why most natural disasters aren't natural at all

1/16/2011 - From the point of view of many humans, the term "natural disaster" is a convenient scapegoat because it allow a person (or a whole nation) to blame nature for their own poor planning. Wherever we find so-called "natural disasters" around the world (such as Brazil at the moment), we also usually find...

Climate change legislation benefits the elite, not the people

9/10/2010 - The National Forestry Commission of Mexico in conjunction with the Swiss government recently held a conference to discuss the possibility of new, centralized climate change legislation. If enacted, the legislation will change the way Latin America governs its forests, and potentially set a precedent...

Forest Bathing: Enjoy the Astounding Benefits of Being Outdoors

8/28/2010 - Soon doctors may advise their patients, ``Take a walk in the woods!`` And patients may use outdoor clinics to get check-ups, a service now available in Japan. Research into the benefits of a walk in the woods has convinced the Japanese that forests should be therapy centers. This is called ``shinrin...

Forest fires are beneficial to soil health

8/11/2010 - Most people probably assume that forest fires are entirely destructive events that must be prevented at all costs. But recent research shows that forest fires are actually beneficial to soil because they play an important role in helping to maintain the earth's nitrogen cycle. Researchers from the...

Top ten things to love about Vilcabamba Ecuador, the Valley of Longevity

6/16/2010 - If you love perfect year-round weather and enjoying your own locally-grown foods, you'll love Vilcabamba, Ecuador. I lived there, on and off, for over two years, and in that time I came to know many of the people, places and cultural highlights of Vilcabamba. In this story, I'll share with you some...

Adventure to Podocarpus National Forest near Vilcabamba, Ecuador

6/15/2010 - From my abundant vegetable garden at Hacienda San Joaquin in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I can look to the East and see multiple layers of mountains spanning the valley. Clouds hover over the peaks, drenching them with rain that pours into the Valley of Longevity where it forms a river that ultimately winds...

Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes mockery of self with KFC pinkwashing campaign (opinion)

4/22/2010 - Susan G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line into asinine idiocy thanks to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, "Buckets for the Cure." I'm not making this up. See the ad image yourself at: This...

Cannot See the Forest through the GMO Trees (Opinion)

4/21/2010 - "What'll they think of next?" That was a common awestruck question regarding scientific and technological achievements during the 1950s and '60s. It was a naive era, which was the beginning of our being poisoned by science through food and medicine. Now it should be a horrified "what's next"? Man's...

The Corruption Continues: FDA Approves Antidepressants for Children, Even After Revelations of Bribery

6/13/2009 - The FDA has approved Forest Laboratories' antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) for use in children and adolescents, even as the federal government and 11 states have filed a lawsuit against the company for illegally pushing the drug on kids. The federal government has accused Forest of bribing pediatricians...

The Cancer and Disease Fighting Plants of the Rainforest

9/5/2008 - One of my all time favorite websites is Dr. Leslie Taylor`s and my favorite section of the website is the plant database she has painstakingly compiled. It is a database of the many plants and herbs used by indigenous peoples of the Brazilian and South American rain forests and it has...

Half the Amazon Rainforest to be Lost by 2030

7/22/2008 - Due to the effects of global warming and deforestation, more than half of the Amazon rainforest may be destroyed or severely damaged by the year 2030, according to a report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The report, "Amazon's Vicious Cycles: Drought and Fire," concludes that 55 percent...

Slowing Deforestation Rates May Net Billions

7/13/2008 - If the deforestation process that is occurring from the Amazon to the Congo basin were to be slowed, it could generate billions of dollars each year that could then be used to aid developing nations as a part of a United Nations (UN) plan to fight climate change. The burning of these forests by farmers...

Eating for Consciousness and Vitality Is Also Eating for the Planet

4/28/2008 - Our health and vitality was described by the ancient sages of China as having a single major source -- our 'essence.' This essence is thought to be the rich substance that life springs from. We can think of it as the powerful substances at our core: bone marrow, sperm and reproductive fluids, and the...

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Book Review)

3/7/2008 - If you enjoy eating exotic mushrooms, are interested in their nutritional and medicinal value and if you would like to learn how to establish mushrooms in your yard, garden or woods, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets will not disappoint you. If the subtitle How...

China's new biofuels project may level forests to make way for "clean" energy farming

8/24/2007 - The rapid expansion of the Chinese biofuels industry, along with the government's stated plans to convert huge swaths of forest into biofuels plantations, has many environmentalists worried for southwest China's unique ecologies. In January, China's State Forestry Administration (SFA) announced an...

Report: Global deforestation finally being reversed in some countries

11/16/2006 - An analysis of the world's forests -- published in the Tuesday edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences -- has shown that an increasing number of countries are reversing the trend toward deforestation. "From the new data, it seems possible that we could reverse a global trend...

Many seeds need smoke in order to sprout; forest fires are necessary

7/12/2004 - New research is revealing how plant seeds depend on smoke and even heat from fires to get them to sprout. It's a smart strategy for the seed, of course: smoke comes from fires, and fires mean that the soil is probably fertile with new ash. Plus, if weeds and grass have been burned to the ground, a new...

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