"(CNN) — As many as a half-billion trees may have died across Texas from the effects of the 2011 drought, the state’s forest service says.
A survey released Monday by the Texas Forest Service estimates 100 million to 500 million trees, or 2% to 10% of the state’s 4.9 billion trees, have been killed by the severe drought, which began last year."
— Drought may have killed a half-billion trees, Texas Forest Service says - CNN.com
"Nearly 59 percent of the species examined by Clark and his colleagues showed signs that their geographic ranges are contracting from both the north and south."
— Forests not adapting to climate change
"The Obama administration’s proposed new rules for protecting clean water and wildlife on the United States’ nearly 200 million acres of national forests goes against the president’s pledge to let science be the guide, conservation groups and two former Clinton administration officials said Monday."
Yet another pledge that President Obama has failed to keep. He is so disappointing… This is important because:
The 155 national forestsand grasslands managed by the Forest Service cover 193 million acres in 42 states and Puerto Rico. They provide about 40 percent of the nation’s clean water and threatened and endangered species habitat.
"The Indian government has pledged to publish an account of the nation’s natural wealth, a valuation of such resources as forests, wildlife, and freshwater supplies that international officials call critical to avoiding the financial costs of biodiversity loss"
"More of Zambia’s forests are likely to be cut down for charcoal after the country’s energy watchdog allowed national energy company Zesco to hike electricity prices for domestic consumers by around 40 percent in August."
— Reuters AlertNet - Electricity price hikes set to fuel Zambia deforestation
"Half of consumers in the UK have no idea that the paper and wood products they are buying could be contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests, a survey has revealed. And it found that over two thirds of those questioned believe that all local authorities in the UK should commit to buying sustainable wood and paper products. At present, only 7.5% of Local Authorities in England have a timber procurement policy.¹"
— UK public unaware of role in forest loss
"We demand the legislature protect the environment and the people of Pennsylvania from these hazards"
OpEdNews - Article: We Need Protection from Marcellus Shale Drilling
Pennsylvania is a special state in so many ways. Please support local activists to get the legislature needed to protect it in place as soon as possible.