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The Amazon tribe protecting the forest with bows, arrows, GPS and camera traps
Watts, Jonathan
With authorities ineffective, the 2,200-strong Ka'apor, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, are taking on the illegal loggers with technology and direct action. Now the Ka'apor are seeking support thr...
As rivers re-open to shipping, oil threat to Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest continues
Kibria, ASMG
Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest, home of incredibly rich biodiversity, is under unprecedented threat, writes ASMG Kibria. The recent oil tanker capsize on the Shela river puts the forest at risk of wid...
At the Cutting Edge: The Fight for Canada's Forests
May, Elizabeth
Exposes the overexploitation of Canada's forests and suggests measures to create a sustainable industry.
Boreal Forests in Crisis
Hamel, Peter
Canada's assault on the Boreal forest rivals Brazil's exploitation of the Amazon. In both countries governments and multinational corporations are scheming to clear-cut forests for short-term profit. ...
Brief to the Renewable Resources Committee, the Select Committee of the New Brunswick Legislature.
The New Brunswick Federation of Wood Producers' Brief to the Renewable Resources Committee is aimed at protecting the future existence of New Brunswick's forests.
Canada: A Natural History
Livingston, John; Fitzharris, Tim
Canada: A Natural History surveys the varying ecosystems of the northern part of this continent, explaining their characteristics, vividly illustrated by the photographs of Tim Fitzharris.
Carbon trading: privatising the world's forests
Austin, Susan
The World Bank sponsored carbon offset program has faced widespread criticism for, in effect, privatising forests and allowing rich nations to evade responsibility for cutting emissions themselves.
The Chainsaw Collaboratives: The Newest Threat to Our National Forests
Wuerthner, George
Given the membership of the typical collaborative it is hardly surprising that most support greater logging/grazing of our public lands.
The Charter of the Forest
A complementary document to the Magna Carta of 1215, defining the rights of vassals, freemen, and serfs, reducing penalties, and restoring common land taken by the Crown.
Coal plant threatens world's largest mangrove forest - and Bangladesh's future
Rahman, Mowdud; Aitken, Greg
As COP21 reaches its endgame, there are plans to build 2,440 coal-fired power plants around the worl. Their completion would send global temperatures, and sea levels, soaring. Yet Bangladesh, the worl...
The Comintern, CPUSA & Activities of Rank-and-File CPers
Post, Charlie
CP members, including worker and African-American militants capable of leading heroic mass struggles, were unable to develop their own revolutionary socialist viewpoint independent of the leadership. ...
Connexions Library: Environment Focus
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
Dear Sisters, They Are Killing Our Trees
Geetha and friends
People in the Thrissur district of Kerala, India, are fighting to keep their forests in the face of a threatened dam project which would submerge their ancestral lands.
Defender of the Forests: Bonnie Phillips vs. the Timber Beasts, Gang Green and the Big Foundations
Schlossberg, Josh
Veteran forest advocate Bonnie Phillips passed away on May 4, 2015 in Olympia, Washington. This article is based on her final interview.
Disputed Territory: The green economy versus community-based economies
Overbeek, Winnie; Pazos, Flavio
A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil, looking at what happens when so-called "green economy" projects move into the area, clearning the forest, and taking over the land.
Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and importa...
Exploited Earth: Britain's Aid and the Environment
Hayter, Teresa
Hayter's book examines British aid policy and practice and how it effects the world's forests.
Fight for the Forest: Chico Mendes in His Own Words
Mendes, Chico; Gross, Tony
Chico Mendes talks of his life's work in his last major interview. He recalls the rubber tappers' campaign against forest clearances and their struggle to develop sustainable alternatives for the Amaz...
The Forest Mafia: How Scammers Steal Millions Through Carbon Markets: When the product is invisible, the cons are endless.
Jacobs, Ryan
International law enforcement authorities and environmental advocates say that the carbon markets are extremely vulnerable to financial fraudsters, especially when it comes to forest projects. Their s...
How to Save the World: Strategy for World Conservation
Allen, Robert
"How To Save The World" discusses, "Why the world needs saving now and how it can be done". Allen breaks his work down into seven chapters, devoting each to an important aspect of the global predicame...
In the footsteps of Gandhi: an interview with Vandana Shiva
London, Scott
Vandana Shiva is more than just a leading scientist, author and campaigner on green issues and anti-globalisation. She is also among the most prominent of Mahatma Ghandi's intellectual heirs. In this ...
India's Indigenous Peoples organise to protect forests, waters and commons
Achanta, Pushpa
India's neoliberal government is attempting the mass seizure of indigenous lands, commons and forests in order to hand them over for corporate exploitation with mines, dams and plantations. But tribal...
The Invention of Nature: adventures of Alexander Humboldt, lost hero of science
Mellen, Matt
Andrea Wulf's book about the remarkable 19th century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt is welcome, opportune and a pleasure to read, packed as it is with high adventure and amazing discov...
A Last Chance for the World's Forests?
Laurence, Bill
An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of 'core forest' -- remote interior areas critical for disturbance-sensitive wildlife and eco...
The Legacy of Forest Defender Chut Wutty
Lambrick, Fran
On the life, work, and death of the late Cambodian forest activist Chut Wutty, shot and killed at a logging site by military police.
Leopold, Aldo: Connexipedia Article
American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist who was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness preservation. (1887-1948).
Life, Money & Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay
Nickerson, Michael
The failure to reduce green house gas emissions, the success of efforts to curb ozone depletion, causes related to prosperity and social justice are just some the topics covered. By using the example ...
Mozambique's Movement to End Land Grabs
Lemos, Anabela; Adler, Simone (eds.)
To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land break...
Neoliberal Ebola: The Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak
Wallace, Rob
Wallace describes the rise of Ebola, connecting its outbreak to capital-driven shifts in land and changes in the agroeconomic context.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 26, 2016: Forests and trees
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
For countless centuries, forests, and the trees in them, have been seen as sources of life, livelihood, and spiritual meaning. For capitalism, however, forests are sites of extraction and profit-makin...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 9, 2016: Corporate Crime
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Corporations have increasingly become legally unaccountable for their behaviour. Yet all too often corporations break the law and engage in criminals acts which would be severely punished if they were...
The Redesigned Forest
Maser, Chris
An exploration of how forests are utilized, with particular interest paid to the old-growth coniferous forests of the Pacific north-west.
Romania's 'occupy forests' movement demands clampdown on corporate crime
Besliu, Raluca
A growing protest movement is demanding strong controls on international investors and logging companies buying up Romania's forests. In its sights is Austria-based Schweighofer, which stands accused ...
Saving the Tropical Forest
Gradwohl, Judith; Greenberg, Russell
Growing numbers of people around the world are developing techniques and practices to promote the wise use and preservation of our remaining forests. The authors believe that the time has come to impr...
Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
Nikiforuk, Andrew
To extract the energy from the Alberta tar sands, the world's ugliest, most expensive hydrocrabon, we are polluting our air, poisoning our water, destroying vast areas of boreal forest, and underminin...
Why Logging Forests After Wildfires is Ecologically Destructive
Bond, Monica
Bond exposes three prevailing falsehoods about logging that the U.S. Forest Service disseminates.
World Without Trees
Lamb, Robert
Lamb says that "there is one thing of which you can be absolutely certain: if things go one as they are, some day the sun will rise on a world without trees. That day is closer than you think."
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Friends of the Earth International
We are the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 76 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters aroun...
Friends of the Trees
A small, grassroots non-profit which has been operating continually since 1978.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), located in New York, comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories and its renowned library. The collections contain over 32 m...
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the w...
Rainforest Action Network
RAN seeks to protect the Earth's rainforests through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. They do so using campaigns to expose the wrongdoings of governments and corporations and mobilize the internatio...
World Rainforest Movement
The WRM is an international network of citizens involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. The group works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and fights commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations ...

Sources Library

Amazon defenders face death or exile
Phillips, Tom
Ordinary Brazilians who report illegal logging face threats to their lives.
The contribution of trees to our lives: it is time to take stock
French botanist Francis Hallé makes a case for the defence of trees as a powerful ally in saving the Earth's ecosystems
Joignot, Frédéric
A reflection on the impact of trees in the world and the necessity of improving urban forestry out of self-preservation.
Wikipedia Article
Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland...
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Spring Woods
Farragher, Elaine
With the arrival of spring, I am always impressed by the great regularity of nature. Like little automatic springs hidden in the ground, green things start to appear in wonderfully predictable success...
The Tree of Life
Farragher, Elaine
The Eastern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) is indeed a hardy species. Although slow-growing, it is inexorable once it gets under way, for it has few enemies. While other trees are being devoured by ...

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Journal of Forest History
Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)