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May 23, 2013

Temperate rainforests are coniferous forests occurring in temperate zones and receiving high amounts of rainfall. They are quite rare and only grow in a few regions of the world simply covering 0.2% of the earth’s surface. The largest temperate rainforest runs along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America through British Columbia and into Alaska. There are smaller temperate rainforests in Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Temperate rainforests grow along coastlines where the nearby ocean produces large amounts of rain, anywhere from 5-16 feet per year. These areas have seasons, unlike the tropical rainforest, and some even get snow.

The temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest stretches down into Northern California which is home to the tallest trees in the world, sequoias and redwoods. Redwoods live up to 2000 years and can reach heights of 378 feet, which is as tall as a 37 story building. Sequoias live up to 3000 years and can weigh 2.7 million pounds. Because of these beautiful giant trees and alien like flora the ‘Endor’ scenes from Star Wars “Return of the Jedi” were filmed in Humboldt County California in the Redwood National Park. Scenes from Steven Spielberg’s movie “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” were filmed at Prairie Creek Redwood National Park. The biomass in the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest is greater than any other place on earth with up to 500 tons of living things per acre.

The Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world and home to magnificent animals such as cougars, wolves and, of course, bears. This includes the Spirit bear which is a black bear that is white in color due to a recessed gene and unique to this area. The first survey to systematically explore the forest canopy in the Carmanah Valley of Vancouver Island yielded 15,000 new species, which is a third of all invertebrates known to exist in all of Canada. Among the 15,000 new species to Canada 500 were completely unknown to science prior to the survey.

Close to sixty percent of the world’s original coastal temperate rainforests have been destroyed as a result of logging and development. In British Columbia more than half the original temperate rainforest has been logged and on Vancouver Island only one quarter of the rainforest remains. Conservation and reforestation are imperative in preserving the temperate rainforest remaining in the great Pacific Northwest.

Very few people even know about temperate rainforests. They are beautiful, invalueable and closer then you think.
Please visit SaveTheRainforest.com and show your support for rainforest preservation

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Posted: May 23, 2013 11:32am
May 2, 2013

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Indonesia’s rainforests have been heavily deforested to make room for palm oil plantations. In fact, today only half of the original forest cover remains. Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil which is not only a common cooking and vegetable oil but can also be converted into biodiesel fuel for commercial use.  How can simple and popular oil be so bad for the rainforest?

Palm oil tree plantations have an extremely negative environmental impact because they replace pristine Indonesian rainforests. By 2006 almost 10 million acres of rainforest had been wiped away and replaced by these plantations. Every year hundreds of thousands of acres are burned down to make room for this new commodity. It is estimated that the palm oil industry accounts for an estimated 2.057 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. In addition to the loss of rainforest and additional carbon dioxide emissions, a horrible side effect of palm oil plantations is the drying out and oxidizing of the countries rich and moist peatlands. The peatlands are a swampy wetlands full of rich organic material responsible for storing approximately 37.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide. As the peatlands dry up, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. According to the World Bank 84% of Indonesia’s carbon dioxide emissions come from deforestation, forest fires and peatland degradation.

Palm oil plantations don’t just destroy the environment they are also notorious for their human rights violations. Sixty to ninety million indigenous people have lost their land and their livelihood to the palm oil companies. The degradation of the land is leaving them without clean water and the companies have resorted to violent tactics to force the people out of their homes and off the land.

America and Europe are currently looking to increase their use of biofuel.  However, research has shown the conversion of land for corn, sugarcane, palm oil or soybeans releases 17 – 420 times more carbon then the annual savings of replacing fossil fuels with bioethanol or biodiesel. In fact, Indonesia has now become the third largest greenhouse emitter in the world. The question is, how can we decrease our use of biodiesels? It’s time for alternative energy sources, electric vehicles, improved fuel efficiency and expanding mass transit.

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Posted: May 2, 2013 2:25pm
May 2, 2013

WWF does a fantastic job at getting the word out about protecting our wildlife. One of the biggest threats to our wildlife is the destruction of their environment. 100 acres of rainforest is destroyed every single minute. The lost of this ecosystem is endangering wildlife from orangutans to jaguars. www.SaveTheRainforest.com is working to spread awareness about deforestation, forest regeneration and protecting endangered species. 
Check it out and spread the word. Education creates change! 

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Posted: May 2, 2013 11:54am
Apr 30, 2013

A small group of my friends have started a new site www.savetherainforest.com. We all live close to the rainforest in the Pacific Northwest and have been active in our local communities in an effort to draw awareness to environmental issues we all face.
The site has been built in an effort to support various environmental conservation issues from the oil pipeline in Canada to endangered species.
Check their site out and help support the cause.
SaveTheRainforest!
Thank you!! 

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