Article and photos from hienalouca.com Palm oil is responsible for the destruction of vast swathes of forestry and is being used in products from a wide range of companies. Food giant Mondelez, which provides palm oil for Cadbury chocolate bars, Ritz crackers and Oreo biscuits, has been named as the worst offender by a Greenpeace report. The damning report found that supplying palm oil to the snacking behemoth has come at the expense of 173,000 acres (70,000 hectares) of rainforest since 2016. Extreme deforestation has pushed local wildlife into tiny corners of their habitat and has forced many species, including the critically endangered orangutans, towards the ‘brink of extinction’, Greenpeace claims. According to the report, twelve brands are using palm oil from 20 suppliers that are all all

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“A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.” James Whittaker reports for the Cayman Compass, writing about the most threatened animals […]

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As another new gold mine is proposed in the province, conservation groups are concerned its construction could decimate protected habitat for at-risk species in an area long-renowned for its angling and spawning habitat A springtime flood along the St. Mary’s River in Nova Scotia. Local conservation groups worry that a proposed new gold mine will […]

via A Nova Scotia ‘gold rush’ means more threats for at-risk Atlantic salmon, even in areas that are meant to be protected — County Sustainability Group

“Phalaenopsis /ˌfælɪˈnɒpsɪs/ Blume (1825), commonly known as moth orchids,[2] is a genus of about seventy species of orchids in the family orchid. Orchids in this genus are monopodial epiphytes or lithophytes with long, coarse roots, short, leafy stems and long-lasting, flat flowers arranged in a flowering stem that often branches near the end. Orchids in this genus are native to India, China, Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Australia with the majority in Indonesia and the Philippines.” wikipedia These are […]

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The Town’s Conservation Committee recently reviewed and updated the Native Plant List and Discouraged Plant List for Portola Valley, and they will soon be incorporated into the Town’s Design Guidelines. Landscape design in Portola Valley should seek to preserve the qualities of the natural environment through the use of native plant materials and landscaping plans that provide a blended […]

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