Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the company at the center of a decades-long campaign against its logging activities, committed to end all deforestation of natural forests on Tuesday. The company published a new Forest Conservation Policy" on Tuesday committing it to end development of all natural forested areas, including peat forests, improve its peatland management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and work more closely with local communities and other stakeholders.
Transportation in Jakarta is paralyzed by floodwaters on January 17th. Days of flooding left tens of thousands homeless and caused 32 deaths. In the midst of catastrophe, many Jakartans volunteered to help, donating time, money and goods. The floods that ravaged Jakarta in mid-January changed many lives – often in tragic ways. Yet, like other disasters, they set the stage for life-changing experiences of helping others.
Valuable mangrove forests that protect coastlines, sustain sealife and help slow climate change are being wrecked by the spread of shrimp and fish farms, a U.N.-backed study showed on Wednesday. About a fifth of mangroves worldwide have been lost since 1980, mostly because of clearance to make way for the farms which often get choked with waste, antibiotics and fertilisers, according to the study. Read more: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/mangroves-under-threat-from-shrimp-fa...
Found mostly in the tropics straddling the land and sea, mangroves make up less than half of one percent of forests of all kinds worldwide. Taken together, some 70 species of mangroves are found in 123 tropical and sub-tropical nations and territories but occupy just 152,000 square km in total -- an area slightly larger than Nepal. Experts are urging policy makers to preserve mangroves and their essential services to nature and humanity alike, saying their replacement with shrimp farms and other forms of development is a bad economic tradeoff both short and long-term.
A public survey has shown that 93.4 percent of the Chinese public understands the idea behind climate change, and 77.7 percent of Chinese citizens have expressed concern, according to the newly released China Public Awareness Survey Report on Climate Change and Climate Communication at a press conference on Thursday in Beijing. Read more: http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2012-11/01/content_26979813.htm