“Meet the Paper Giant who’s talks an eco talk, but does it walk the walk?”


Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)

APP says they are “Taking the Lead in Major Conservation Initiative for the The Bukit Tigapuluh Forest Why?

“As home to one of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests, creating synergy between using the forest for needed economic development and the necessity to preserve this rare global good is one of the biggest challenges facing Indonesia today. With an extremely high population density, forestry plays a significant role in reducing poverty as well as maintaining an important environmental balance for the nation. As the biggest player in the Indonesian pulpwood plantation, pulp and paper industry, APP is an integral part in finding the answer to this challenge.” claims APP.

Destroying Bukit Tigapuluh for profit

Destroying Bukit Tigapuluh for profit

This unique tropical forest is Sumatra’s last remaining large forest blocks, home to two tribes of indigenous people, endangered elephants, tigers, orangutans and 250 mammals and bird species. The Bukit Tigapuluh Forest Landscape in central Sumatra contains some of the most biodiversity on Earth. It is also the location of a successful project to reintroduce orangutans, which now reside in an area. APPs history of “ environmental success” On February 2009, one of APP’s exclusive fiber suppliers, Arara Abadi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaborative program of Research and Development of Science and Technology in Giam Siak Kecil – Bukit Batu (GSK – BB) Landscape in Riau Province, Sumatera. However, in 2007-08, APP affiliates began constructing a massive highway for logging vehicles that threatens one of Indonesia’s most important forests. The highway would cut an enormous swath through The Bukit Tigapuluh Forest the location of a successful project to reintroduceorangutans, which now reside in an area currently proposed for protected status but that is already being cleared by APP-affiliated companies.

In 2007, APP and Sinarmas Forestry (SMF) proposed a Biosphere Reserve, located mostly in the peat swamp forest of Riau Province, consists of almost 178,000 ha, over 40% of which was part of SMF plantation partners’ concession area and was set aside for permanent conservation. This is the first Biosphere Reserve initiative in South East Asia proposed by the private sector.

In 2008, after an investigation published in March by an environmental coalition called Eyes on the Forest showed evidence of a new road built by APP, heading through the Kampar peninsula, one of the world’s largest contiguous tropical peat swamp forests, with more carbon per hectare than any other ecosystem on Earth. The investigation found tracks on the new road of the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger, whose wild population has been reduced to less than 500 individuals.

Reintroduction of orangutans a success

Reintroduction of orangutans a success

The road to nowhere but destruction

The road to nowhere but destruction

APP claimed that it was building this state-of-the-art, paved highway for the benefit of the local communities, though satellite imagery shows that the road does not go anywhere near the two settlements.

Also APP was also found to be conducting illegal logging in Yunnan Province in China in 2005, while a subsidiary of the firm called “Green Rich” was caught illegally logging in Cambodia, leading a 2005 investigation into the company to conclude:

APP’s business model is a tactically aggressive one: it turns huge profits by quickly stripping forests bare, exploiting age-old forests and indigenous peoples, and leaving town before the environmental consequences are felt. By the time communities and governments lodge complaints and lawsuits, APP has divested itself of local interests and assets”

Exploiting indigenous people of Sumatra

Exploiting indigenous people of Sumatra

APP is one of the world’s leading pulp and paper companies in the world and is one of the largest vertically integrated pulp & paper producer in Asia, excluding Japan it could do much more to help the world. The company’s combined pulp, paper, and packaging capacities in Indonesia amount to over 7 million tons, using fiber and wood residues from new and developed plantations. APP supplies uncoated and colored papers; cartons and tubes, and a variety of stationery products including spiral notebooks, loose-leaf notebook paper, envelopes, and hardcover books. The company also makes office paper and bleached hardwood kraft pulp. These products have contributed to deforestation and increase pollution significantly for Sumatra and the world to deal with.

APP and its owner has been mired in illegal practices over the last 19 + years

1. a scam involving off shore money, US banks and Wall Street brokers in the early 1990s

2. APP is at the center of many environmental controversies including possible illegal logging in Cambodia and in Indonesia,

3. APP has breached agreements with three major environmental organizations.

4. APP is also well known for defaulting on debt repayments in 2001, during a period of wide-scale financial problems in the South East Asia region.

APP’s does business on the backs of indigenous peoples and at the expense of our world

“The APP business model is a tactically aggressive one:

APP’s turns huge profits by quickly stripping forests bare, exploiting age-old forests and indigenous peoples,

and leaving town before the environmental consequences are felt. By the time communities and governments

lodge complaints and lawsuits, APP has divested itself of local interests and assets.”

Some US companies have stopped doing business with APP so should the rest of the world.

Staples ended their 11-year relationship with APP, which had formerly supplied between 5 and 9% of the paper sold at the chain “due to their clear lack of progress in improving their environmental performance.” Other companies including Office Depot and Wall-Mart had cut ties previously on environmental grounds, and these have been followed more recently by Australian retailer Woolworths Limited.Brazil has increased its purchase of their paper and packaging products dramatically. I guess the fact that their rain forests are being mined and torn up by the thousands of acres a day has blinded them to using products produced by yet another foreign giant doing business as usual.

Help save Sumatra’s national treasures. Please donate to redapes.org

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.asiapulppaper.com

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.asiapulppaper.com/portal/APP_Portal.nsf/Web

Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Pulp_&_Paper

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/asia-pulp-paper

Image 1 courtesy of WWF.org Savesumatra.org/index.php/newspublication…

Image 2. road to destruction courtesy of   Wildlifeextra.com/images/sumatra-logging.jpg

Image 3. courtesy of Sciencedaily.com/images/2008/07/080703113628-large.jpg

Image 4. indigenous people courtesy of goallover.org/wp-content/2009/06/2431717962ab5ff9b0c2-300×199.jpg

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“Batman and Robin released in South African Park”


Sounds like something out of an old movie? Not this time.

Batman and Robin are brothers and are the top “dogs”, no I mean cheetahs in the food chain. The two have been released and are thriving in Mt. Zebra National Park in South Africa. The two bros are sporting their new cell phone collars so rangers can monitor their whereabout. At least that is how the collar is suppose to work.

cheetah a running machine

cheetah a running machine

Well check out the video and see what really happens with the release of Batman and Robin, the elusive Cheetah brothers.

For more information from Nature’s Crusaders’ library on cheetahs click.

Save the Cheetah join our WALK/RUN for the CHEETAH

Help the cheetahs today Cheetah.org. Thank you.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of National Geographic

Video courtesy of YouTube and National Geographic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlTUSrzbcUY

Image from NaturesCrusaders library

for more information on cheetah http://cheetah.org

“Endangered Dancing Bears suffer for what?”


Once upon a time in India there was a Dancing Bear.

This bear was taken from its mother at night while they were foraging for food, when it was only a little cub. It saw its mother killed then began the little cubs life of horror and humiliation.

Within the first days of captivity it had its nose pieced with a hot nail and a hook inserted with a robe attached. This began the bear’s life of living on a four foot robe for the rest of its captive life, but this story has a happier ending.

The dancing bears of India

The dancing bears of India

Why so confined?
So it could be taught to dance for our entertainment and thus make a meager living for its owner.

You can help stop this cruelity.

Listen to this video narrated by Jane Goodal “The Dancing Bears of India”

Who is helping rehab the owner and how?

A small child has helped. Nargis, at 5 years old and without use of her legs, was determined to go to school. Government schools could not admit her because of her special needs. Nargis’ father turned to Wildlife SOS for assistance. In order to help his daughter, Sameer Khan surrendered his bear to Wildlife SOS and became part of the Kalandar Rehabilitation Program. WSOS’ Rehabilitation Officer worked hard to find a school that could accommodate Nargis’ needs and finally found a small private school that could help Nargis.

Sameer Khan invested part of his $50,000 Rs that he received for surrendering his bear (about $1000 US dollars) in a wheelbarrow and flour grinder to start a new family business. He also applied to WSOS for additional funds as a loan to buy a small van which he rents out on a regular basis to supplement the family income.

Nargis is now able to live her dream of going to school, her father has provided a better life for his family and a bear has been rescued from a cruel life “dancing” in the hot, dry streets of India. A win-win-win situation!!

Please watch this video “The Dancing Bears of India”

And Danny the bear how is he?

Danny lost his childhood and early years trudging the streets of cities exposed to noise, dust and diesel fumes. When rescued by WildlifeSOS, he was tied to a stake with a two foot rope, head bowed and his gaunt frame trembling from high fever. He was five years old and barely weighed 52 kilos. Today, after three years Danny no longer dances or is chained, but is a handsome 120 kilo bear with a full coat. Now 8 years old but he plays in the pond like a youngster, and climbs trees with relish. Please help recue more animals from such cruelty. You can help today.ighed 52 kilos. Today, after three years with us, Danny has become a handsome 120 kilo bear with

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of wildlifesos.org/Donation/donationhome.htm

Video courtesy of thelastdance.info

Image courtesy of advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/wp-content

“Critically endangered clouded leopard is found and released into the wild”


Not seen in the wilds of Bangladesh since 2005, the clouded leopard was captured by Bangladesh villagers. This leopard’s numbers are believed to be around 100,000 worldwide. Bangladeshi conservationists believe  the discovery of this rare three month old leopard cub captured in the southeast of the country keeps hopes high for the survival of this critically endangered species.
Clouded Leopard Cub
It had been caged by villagers in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts region, which borders Myanmar and Mizoram state in India, for the past three weeks, he said. Thank you,  villagers for not killing him for a little profit -this is the greatest hope for all endangered animals. Protection instead of black market sales.

“Locals stumbled upon two cubs and their mother eating a monkey in the district of Rangimati three weeks ago. They were only able to capture one cub,”  said Professor Anwarul Islam, chief executive of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh.

“It was tremendous news because many conservationists thought the animal was extinct from Bangladesh due to habitat loss.”

The species is timid and nocturnal and little is known about it. Mainly found in South and Southeast Asian countries, the last reported sightings of the animal in Bangladesh were in 1992 and 2005.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   Terradaily.com/reports/Bangladesh_rare_leopard_renews_hopes_for_species_survival

Image courtesy of   Bergoiata.org/fe/felins/CloudedLeopardCub.jpg

“Solar recycling being part of the solution”


Cannae Group is seeking strategic investments and partnerships with solar panel recyclers over the next 12 months due to unprecedented increases in the photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing sector. (Very good news)

The PV sector is working to create truly sustainable energy solutions that take into consideration the environmental impacts of all stages of the product life cycle, from raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling.

Addressing future recycling needs now, through strategic investments, truly sustainable energy solutions can be offered today to help prevent environmental problems in the future.

Recycle solar paying it forward

RecyclingRecycling solat equipment solar paying it forward

“It’s an excellent time to do this considering that solar is an emerging industry,” said David McGovern, executive director of Cannae Group.

Environmental advantage “If you have panels that not only contribute to sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, and  use renewable and sustainable materials.”

“We want to be part of the solution,” said Nikita Sutton, Cannae Group analyst. “We have a great opportunity through our investments to continue to improve the environmental processes of the industry.”

McGovern summed up by saying, “People have become far more conscious about recycling, so the new corporate mandate is to think beyond just getting a product into a customer’s hands. It is now about how do we do our part so that years down the road our products are not part of the problem.”
Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Solardaily.com/Cannae_Group_Seeks_Out_Partnerships_With_Solar_Panel_Recyclers

Image courtesy of Environment-green.com/images/solar_power_flower

“Dog Beach coastal dunes thrive because people care”


A small stretch of critical wildlife coastal dune, marsh and intertidal zone in Ocean Beach California is thriving with the help of people who care to help. Volunteers will be working Saturday to maintain a stretch of coastal dunes at the mouth of the San Diego River.called Dog Beach. It is one of the last remaining habitats of its kind in California.

dog beach floraDog Beach is home to native plants including coastal sage scrub, bladder pod, California sunflower, salvia, beach ambrosia, beach primrose, datura and sea lavender.

The San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) and its volunteers work with the city of San Diego to maintain the health of the coastal dunes and intertidal zone. This area is a small version of what the Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach coastal area loked like before the river channel was created and homes were built.

saving the Least tern

saving the Least tern

This stretch of coastal dune, marsh and intertidal zone provides habitat for rare animals, including a nesting site for the endangered Least Tern. Volunteers will spend three hours at the site removing trash and non-native plants. “We’ve just discovered an invasion or an infestation of a non-native sea lavender,” Dhu says. “So I think tomorrow down in the inter-tidal zone we’re going to go ahead and remove as much of that as we can before it spreads and then out-competes the beneficial native plants that we have here.” Dhu says volunteers will also learn why their work is critical to maintain the habitat. (1.)

The San Diego River Park Foundation will provide tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. Thanks helping Mother Nature. SDRPF’s overall vision to create a system of connected parks along the 52 miles of the San Diego River from the ocean to the mountains near Julian. “It’s about connecting people to the river and taking care to preserve theis unique habitat for flora, fauna and the generations to come.

You too can help in your own area. Ask a parent, techer or park service people how you can help make the area better. We will thank you ahead of time.

Just send us your stories of how you and your family and friends are helping make the world a better place.

Resources

Excerpts and Image courtesy of Anthony Gentile and sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-07-23/news/environment/volunteers-urged-to-help-save-rare-coastal-habitat Excerpts courtesy of kpbs.org/news/2009/jul/24/rare-habitat-ocean-beach-thrives-volunteers

Image 2. courtesy of pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/images/least_tern1.jpg

Image 2.

“48 percent of our water is used to produce power-can we afford it?”


The demand for freshwater is growing and the seeming supply worldwide seems to be dwindling. Choosing new sources of electric power that are less dependant on fresh water for processing is imperative.

Why use our precious fresh water for processing?

The United States Geological Survey says that 48 percent of freshwater withdrawals nationwide are for electric power production. “Water is needed to make steam in most thermal power plants, and for cooling. Water is also an important factor in the production of fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. While almost all of this water usage is “non-consumptive” (it is not absorbed by vegetation, for instance), this enormous source of demand reduces stream flows, lowers groundwater tables, and diverts water from other uses. The testimony delivered before the subcommittee by U.S. Department of Energy Undersecretary Dr. Krisitina M. Johnson describes the dependence various power production options have on the availability of water.” (1)

Power production depends on water power sources that

save water and reduce carbon emissions.

On the gallons-per-megawatt-hour basis, worst carbon emission offenders

1. coal power with carbon sequestration uses the water intensity can become double that of a conventional coal plant, needing almost twice as much water as a nuclear power plant, more than twice as much as any other generating option

2. low-carbon nuclear power is the worst offender in reducing carbon emissions

3. solar thermal and biofuels and conventional coal comes in a close second.

4. Natural gas is somewhat better

5. Solar photovoltaics and wind have minimal water requirements

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“The Department of Energy is addressing this issue by promoting energy effiiciency, funding research and development into more water-efficient approaches, and looking at existing options (such as closed-loop parabolic solar concentrators) that required comparatively less water. But all of this is occurring within a broader context. Dr. Johnson says, ‘In general, water is only one of many factors such as materials inputs, energy production and consumption, emissions, and others that must be considered in the lifecycle construction, operation, and decommissioning of energy technologies. Consequently, water-related technology R&D is best done as part of the broader R&D effort to improve performance, lower costs, and reduce environmental impacts, including water, of energy supply and end-use technologies.’

The simple fact that the current Department of Energy looks at these matters in terms of lifecycle impacts is reason for hope.”(1)

“The U.S. is planning to invest hundreds of billions of dollars over 10 years in clean and renewable energy. Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides, etc. We have an abundance of all these and it will serve us right if we can explore on any of these possibilities for our future use.

We should exercise prudence and consider the economic considerations, maintenance, risk factors and the benefits involved. Let us wait for results of feasibility studies the advanced nation come up with together with the studies of our own experts in the field of renewable energy. There is no substitute to prudence when safety and well being of future generations are involved. Likewise, there is no room for wastefulness of resources when we continue to wallow in poverty.” (2)

Resources

Excerpts 1. courtesy of “Water for Power Plants: A Major Concern All of Its Own”

Legalplanet.wordpress.com/water-for-power-plants-a-major-concern-all-of-its-own

Excerpts 2.
courtesy of “BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT”

Quierosaber.wordpress.com/bataan-nuclear-power-plant

Graph courtesy of Legalplanet.wordpress.com/water-for-power-plants-a-major-concern-all-of-its-own

http://alphainventions.com/environment.xml

“Protect endangered orangutans from the paper giant”


“Immediate expansion of the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park is “The only way to prevent more conflict between the animals and humans is by expanding the park,” said Mr Didy Wurjanto, Director of the Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Conservation.

Critically endangered orangutans

Critically endangered orangutans

A number of conflicts have occurred recently between Sumatran elephants and tigers due to diminishing habitat.

The greatest threat to the environment and these endangered animals is a proposal put forth by the paper giant, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), who wants to clear forest in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. It is home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan and Sumatran wildlife habitat.
Currently the Australian Orangutan Project is a major supporter of the Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Project operating in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem. 100 ex-captive, rehabilitated orangutans have been released into the forest area to date via the project – the only reintroduction site for this critically endangered species.
Many other environmental organizations and several Australian Government and NGOs financially support the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem including the Australian Orangutan Project, Humane Society International (Australia), Perth Zoo, Auckland Zoo, Australia Zoo and Dreamworld. WWF, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Zoological Society of London and Nature’s Crusaders are also strong supporters of plans to protect Bukit Tigapuluh and its surrounds.

You can help – every signature counts!


Help support this crucial orangutan habitat by signing this petition against the conversion of
natural rain forest in Sumatra at www.orangutan.org.au

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Orangutan.org.au

Image courtesy of Orangutans.com.au/images/Sumatran%20orangutan.jpg

“Star-Nosed Mole Smells its food through bubbles blown in the watery mud”


The Star-Nosed mole may not look pretty if you held it in your hand, but under water it is a critter iof beauty and skill.

It blows bubbles then quickly inhales them to detect the odors around him. This helps him detect good food. We sniff and whiff wafting odors to get our taste budding moving and digestion underway.

The star shaped sensory organ on this mole has more than 25000 minute sensory receptors. It can detect and eat its prey faster than any other predator on earth.

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If the twenty two fleshy pink tentacles that form the “star” on the nose of this mole, and it remains an odd-looking creature, its tail swells three to four times its normal size in the winter to help it survive the cold winters in the colder areas of North America and Canada.

The mole is covered in dense, blackish brown, water-repellent fur (ideal for its life in moist, mucky soil), has broad, scaly feet with large claws for fast digging, a stout cylindrical body.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of pbs.org/wnet/nature/animal-guides/animal-guide-star-nosed-mole/466

Image NaturesCrusaders.com

“Endangered Species Victories -spotted owl, bull trout and marbled Murrelet”


The Obama Administration is protecting the endangered spotted owl , the Marbled Murrelet and bull trout by overturning several Bush Administration rulings. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the agency will overturn the Bush Administration’s flawed critical habitat and recovery plan for the Northern Spotted Owl.

Endangered Northern Spotted owl

Endangered Northern Spotted owl

The Secretary also announced that The Bureau of Land Management

The other step forward for endangered species

earlier this week when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would revisit critical habitat protections put in place for Bull trout by the Bush administration. This decision was in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups asserting the Bush Administration had illegally made cuts in the amount of Bull trout habitat protected under the designation.

Endangered Marbled MurreletThe Bush administration had reduced by 80 percent the amount of critical habitat proposed for protection by agency scientists.

Endangered Marbled Murrelet

Endangered Marbled Murrelet

This is a great first step to restoring protections for the Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet and other threatened species in the Pacific Northwest.

The Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet and Bull Trout. The ESC and our partners have also helped to rest

Endangered bull trout of the Pacific Northwest

Endangered bull trout of the Pacific Northwest

Resources

Excerpts
courtesy of

Image 1.
courtesy of http://journalwatch.conservationmagazine.org/wp-content/400px-northern_spotted_owl-300×243.jpg

Image 2.
courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/WO_2087_Marbled_Murrelet.jpg

Image 3. courtesy of http://www.nrmsc.usgs.gov/files/images/spawning_bull_trout.jpg

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