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EPA to Rule on Whether Greenhouse-Gas-Emitting Palm Oils Can be Used as Biofuel

EPA to Rule on Whether Greenhouse-Gas-Emitting Palm Oils Can be Used as Biofuel

Palm Oil photo from Shutterstock There's been a great deal of buzz lately about palm oil — the edible oil largely sourced in Indonesia and Malaysia from the fruit of the oil palm, which can also be

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Leading Botanical Institutions Team Up To Produce Online Catalog of All Plants on Earth

Leading Botanical Institutions Team Up To Produce Online Catalog of All Plants on Earth

In an effort to help prevent further loss of plant biodiversity around the world, four leading botanical institutions have announced plans to team up and catalog every plant on Earth. The New York

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7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

Climate Change Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can't even agree on whether or not it's an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless

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Danone, Xerox Boycott APP Because Illegal Logging Threatens the Rare Sumatran Tiger

Danone, Xerox Boycott APP Because Illegal Logging Threatens the Rare Sumatran Tiger

Multinational companies including Danone and Xerox announced they will boycott Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the Singapore-based conglomerate accused of illegal logging in Indonesia. Evidence suggests APP

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16-Year-Old Girl Scouts Petition to Make Their Cookies Rainforest-Safe

16-Year-Old Girl Scouts Petition to Make Their Cookies Rainforest-Safe

Two 16 year-old Girl Scouts from Michigan have taken it upon themselves to try to convince their organization to stop using palm oil, a product that has been blamed for widespread rainforest destruction,

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Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

In a happy marriage of brand marketing and global restoration efforts, Tree Cards are a way for a business to encourage clients and customers to help developing communities become self-sustaining. Tree

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Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather and Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather and Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace members rallied last week in Italy to protest Brazilian leather and the mass deforestation it has been causing in the Amazon. The Greenpeacers dressed up in bark-like sustainable materials and

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Mattel and Barbie Give Up Deforestation to Win Our Hearts (And Hopefully Ken’s) Back

Mattel and Barbie Give Up Deforestation to Win Our Hearts (And Hopefully Ken’s) Back

In June, we were shocked to hear of the break-up of one of the world's most famous couples -- Barbie and Ken -- and Greenpeace reported that the culprit was Barbie's dependence on deforestation for her

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‘Church Forest’ Documentary Reveals the Unseen World of Tree Canopies in Ethiopia

‘Church Forest’ Documentary Reveals the Unseen World of Tree Canopies in Ethiopia

'Church Forest' is a new documentary project featuring the work of legendary scientist Meg Lowman, and the unseen world of tree canopies set within the endangered treetops of Ethiopia. To date, 95% of

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Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

  Giant Pandas are well-loved for their distinctive appearance and sedentary nature. Now they will receive even greater adoration and attention for their bowel-based contribution to the

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New Wooden RFID Tags Could Reduce Illegal Logging

New Wooden RFID Tags Could Reduce Illegal Logging

Trees, like animals, get tagged with radio chips: the chips help timber companies keep track of their product and fight illegal logging. Unfortunately, metal RFID chips damage the goods — a problem

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Groasis Waterboxx Can Grow Trees in Any Climate–Even the Desert!

Groasis Waterboxx Can Grow Trees in Any Climate–Even the Desert!

A new device can make a tree grow in Brooklyn--or California, or Holland or even the Sahara desert. The Groasis Waterboxx captures rainwater and condensation in the air, helping plants grow in even the

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Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google Unveils Software That Battles Deforestation

Google seems to have its hand in virtually everything, from ocean mapping to home energy monitors. Now the search engine giant can add reducing deforestation to its lengthy resume. The company's

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Barcoding Millions of Trees Could Relieve Global Warming

Barcoding Millions of Trees Could Relieve Global Warming

It's a simple idea. While we might not usually think about it this way, tropical rainforests are the world's giant wood store, and just like shoplifters lurk in your local Target, treelifters scheme to

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Inhabitat Weekly Link Roundup: The Giving Tree

Inhabitat Weekly Link Roundup: The Giving Tree

As a child, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree was a somber reminder of how much trees give us and how little we give back. Wood and paper are ubituquos materials in our society-- but they can be

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Is the Housing Crisis Good for the World’s Trees?

Is the Housing Crisis Good for the World’s Trees?

Photo courtesy of Luc Bollen Housing crisis = fewer houses being built = less wood = better for trees, right? Not so fast says a new report published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization

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