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The squeeze: Brazil cuts off credit to illegal loggers – AlertNet

With fines for illegal deforestation rarely paid, Brazil is using a novel approach to save the Amazon: block those who clear land illegally from accessing credit. And, refreshingly, the system seems to be working. By Daniel Cooney for http://blog.cifor.org/

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World to Brazil’s President Dilma: Save the Amazon

Originally Posted on Avaaz.org: 15 August 2011 The Amazon is in serious danger: Brazil is on the verge of gutting its forest protection laws — unless we act now, vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear-cutting devastation. This threat…

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Science has been nearly silent in Brazil’s Forest Code debate

A recent push to revise Brazil’s forest code has emerged as one of the more contentious political issues in the country, pitting agribuisness against environmentalists trying to preserve the Amazon rainforest. Historically, the forest code has required private landowners to maintain a substantial proportion of natural forest cover on their properties, though the law has often been ignored…

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#CALL4TREES – A Conversation about HOPE with Julia Butterfly Hill, Changents and We Forest team members about how YOU can help reverse global warming

Join us for a rare opportunity to have a conversation about HOPE with environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill. (You remember, the young woman who lived on a platform atop a 1,500 year old tree for 2 years to prevent it from being cut down.)

Julia will be joining me, along with the international team from WeForest, our friends at Changents, and hopefully, our field partners in Brazil.

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Money Now Grows on Trees

We’ve all been told that money doesn’t grow on trees. But is that really true? Maybe it depends upon how you define “money.” Webster defines it as …something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value… So…

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We Replant a Rainforest – Want to Help?

Meet Dito, one of many Dito’s you’ll find in rural Brazil. An affectionate derivative of the name “Benedict,” it seems to acknowledge a simple connection with the Earth. At least, that’s the way I see it. My best friends in…

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International Year of Forests 2011

On Feb. 2, 2011 the UN declared this the International Year of Forests. Good idea, we agree! Now, let’s buy, give and plant the next 25,000 trees in Mata Atlantica… Amplify’d from http://www.un.org Celebrating Forests for People Forests cover 31%…

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The price of not listening to nature

By LEONARDO BOFF The environmental, social and human cataclysm that befell the three mountain counties of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis, Teresopolis and Nova Friburgo, in the second week of January, with hundreds of deaths, destruction of entire…

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First Brazilian Pachamama Symposium Scheduled

We know that we’re helping Pachamama to achieve their objectives of training more faciliators in a new country, advancing translations, and networking with key environmental organizational leaders in Brazil. And we’re achieving the ECObank’s objectives by sponsoring educational activities that will motivate more reforestation in the most diverse and endangered rainforest on the planet: Mata Atlantica.

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Dear Prince Charles

Dear Prince Charles, You don’t know me yet, but my (British) Mother always knew we would work together on something. This is it. In Copenhagen you said, If deforestation can be stopped in its tracks, then we will be able…

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