Notes from a rare planet: Google Earth disproves Malaysian Forestry claims about forest cover

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Malaysian Forestry Claims Refuted by Google Earth Satellite Images (Yale Environment 360)

Research Expedition to Study Coral Reefs Worldwide to be Launched in The Bahamas (PR Newswire)

  • “The Living Oceans Foundation has chosen The Bahamas for the opening of its Global Reef Expedition, a five year, world–wide study of the health of the coral reef environments.”

Trade in your old electronics, save some money and help the planet. A win-win-win (Earth 911)

  • “Operated in partnership with cash-for-gadgets service Gazelle, the campaign aims to divert one ton of electronics from the landfill by the end of April (through the program will continue after the promotion). Plus for every box of gear processed, Newegg and Gazelle will donate a $1 to EarthEra Trust, which funds renewable energy projects through energy and carbon offsets. National e-waste recycler Cloud Blue will recycle the unusable electronics.”

Low fertilizer use drives deforestation in West Africa, imperils REDD implementation (EurekAlert!)

  • “Low-input farming for cocoa, cassava and oil palm has resulted in widespread deforestation and degredation of West Africa’s tropical forest area, according to a new study by researchers at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). The study was published online this week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Management.”

Orangutans don’t usually like swimming, which makes these images particularly amazing (Environmental Graffiti)