How organized crime is destroying the rainforests

Organized crime is behind the trade in illegal timber in the rainforests.

The illegal logging industry has become very attractive to criminal organizations over the past ten years.  Up to 90 per cent of tropical deforestation can be attributed to organized crime, which controls up to 30 per cent of the global timber trade, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program.

 

 

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Sundaland Clouded Leopard – Newly Identified Species Filmed for First Time

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A newly identified Sundaland clouded leopard, caught on camera for the first time ever, stalking through the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Borneo

The Sundaland clouded leopard, a newly identified and little understood species of big cat in Borneo, has been filmed for the first time.

The leopard, a healthy-looking animal a metre long (3 feet) and weighing about 40 kilograms (90 pounds) was caught on video at night at the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysian Borneo’s Sabah state.

 

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Orangutans Unique In Movement Through Tree Tops

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Orangutan in the rainforest Sumatra, Indonesia. Orangutans move in an irregular way which includes upright walking, four-limbed suspension from branches and tree-swaying, whereby they move branches backwards and forwards, with increasing magnitude.

Movement through a complex meshwork of small branches at the heights of tropical forests presents a unique challenge to animals wanting to forage for food safely. It can be particularly dangerous for large animals where a fall of up to 30m could be fatal. Scientists found that dangerous tree vibrations can be countered by the orangutan’s ability to move with an irregular rhythm. Continue reading… “Orangutans Unique In Movement Through Tree Tops”

World’s Last Great Forest Under Threat: New Study

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Canadian evergreen forest.

The world’s last remaining “pristine” forest — the boreal forest across large stretches of Russia, Canada and other northern countries — is under increasing threat, a team of international researchers has found.

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Late Blight — Irish Potato Famine Fungus — Attacks U.S. Northeast Gardens And Farms Hard

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Leaf lesions due to late blight

Home gardeners beware: This year, late blight — a destructive infectious disease that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s — is killing tomato and potato plants in gardens and on commercial farms in the eastern United States. In addition, basil downy mildew is affecting plants in the Northeast. Continue reading… “Late Blight — Irish Potato Famine Fungus — Attacks U.S. Northeast Gardens And Farms Hard”

Diversity Of (Logging Machinery) Species In The Rainforest

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To bring attention to the destruction of rainforests worldwide, German environment conservation group OroVerde and ad agency Ogilvy came up with this tongue-in-cheek poster depicting the various of logging machinery “species” in the rainforest.

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Antioxidants From Acai Berry Absorbed By Body

Antioxidants From Acai Berry Absorbed By Body 

 Brazilian Acai Berry

A Brazilian palm berry, popular health food though little research has been done on it, now may have its purported benefits better understood. In the first research involving people, the acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry has proven its ability to be absorbed in the human body when consumed both as juice and pulp. That finding, by a team of Texas AgriLife Research scientists, was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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