Rio + 20 Earth Summit

Rio + 20 Earth Summit

Last week’s Rio + 20 Earth Summit saw Brazil play host to the world’s leaders to set the agenda on key issues around climate change policy. Global environmental organisations see the summit as a critical last chance to persuade the…

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Cazaderos – Progresso Campaign

Cazaderos – Progresso Campaign

This project will focus on tropical deciduous forests in Southwestern Ecuador. Tropical deciduous forests are special and unique ecosystems that are home to many different kinds of plants and animals.  The name of this type of forest means it is…

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Ice melt in Arctic quicker than normal

Ice melt in Arctic quicker than normal

…but it hasnt retreated as far as 2007. So what can we make of this news, given that the BBC story states: Researchers say projections of summer ice disappearing entirely within the next few years increasingly look wrong Walt Meier, a researcher at…

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Alaotra Grebe Extinct – BirdLife Story

Alaotra Grebe Extinct – BirdLife Story

Whilst not strictly a rainforest story, I wanted to blog about the extinction of the Alaotra Grebe. We have lost a species for ever. Shameful. Why not read Ade Long (BirdLife International Head of Communications) blog post and the associated comments.…

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The Copenhagen climate summit

The Copenhagen climate summit

The climate change summit in Copenhagen must secure a deal between the countries of the world to save our rainforests. It is thought that half of the world’s wildlife live in the tropical rainforests and as deforestation continues, species are being eradicated before they have even been discovered.

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Mimicking nature to create alternative energy

Mimicking nature to create alternative energy

Scientists are looking to nature for answers to the generation of alternative energy, such as solar power. Photosynthesis is the creation of energy from sunlight, the biggest most powerful form of solar power known to man! Here is an interesting article in…

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Book Review – “The Vanishing Face of Gaia; A Final Warning” by James Lovelock

Book Review – “The Vanishing Face of Gaia; A Final Warning” by James Lovelock

Lovelock’s Vanishing Face of Gaia is as much an admonition of severe climatic change as it is an assertion of the scientific strength of Gaia theory. “All I do ask is that they take Gaia science seriously”, he appeals to the scientific community.

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37signals – We’re trying something new!

37signals – We’re trying something new!

You may have noticed the advertising for 37Signals products, Basecamp, Highrise and Backpack on the right hand side of the site. We use these products here at CTF, because we are all volunteers and we don't often get together in one place, they help us out and their affiliate program could help us out more!

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Climate Change Sceptics

Climate Change Sceptics

If local forecasts about tomorrows weather are often wrong, then how likely are predictions about the planets future climate to be correct? It's open to debate! Check out the radio broadcast for the OTHER side of the story regarding global warming.

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How can the Amazon develop sustainably?

How can the Amazon develop sustainably?

In this vision of the Amazon, the forest will be preserved as a large national park with sprinklings of industry added to enrich its inhabitants. The agriculture at its edge will be more productive than it is today, making use of abandoned land and raising yields to meet domestic and foreign demand without encroaching farther into the jungle. This is aim is plausible, as well as commendable, but it will take decades to accomplish. In the meantime, the forest will continue to shrink. The fight today is over how fast that happens.

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Mount Mabu rainforest given protection

Mount Mabu rainforest given protection

The unique lost rainforest of Mount Mabu is to be given protection from exploitation, following a new expedition to the remote area revealed a host of new species. The existence of the pristine forest in northern Mozambique was revealed by the Observer last year, and was originally discovered with the help of Google Earth. It is now thought to be the largest such forest in southern Africa.

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Q&A: Climate Change

Q&A: Climate Change

Q&A: Climate change. What is climate change and why should we be concerned about it? David Adam explains in his Guardian news article. We don't see any mention of the benefit of saving the worlds forests and therefore the worlds largest carbon sinks in the article though.

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Fraud using our site

Fraud using our site

£1 fraudulent use of our donations mechanism. We are ware we have been the victims of fraud on our charity website. If you are affected and have seen this £1 on your credit card bill, please read on. Your money is being refunded as we speak.

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