Category: Environmental

Canada: Our largest intact old-growth forest is (literally) being turned into toilet paper.



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Even as NRDC fights in scores of courtrooms to save our environment from the Trump administration, we continue to wage many other important campaigns as well—all thanks to your support. Today, I want to update you on our longstanding effort to protect Canada’s spectacular boreal forest from destruction at the hands of giant timber and consumer product companies.

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1. The Big Picture:

  • Canada’s boreal forest is our planet’s largest intact old-growth forest. But logging, oil, gas, and mining companies are clearing more than one million acres each year. That’s more than seven NHL hockey rinks a minute, threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities, iconic caribou, and billions of migratory birds, all of which call this ancient forest home.
  • As for the ancient trees? Many of them are being turned into toilet paper, paper towels, and facial tissues.

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  1. Why It Matters:
  • Know what else calls the boreal forest home?
  • 300 billion tons of carbon, stored in the boreal region’s soils, plants, and wetlands. That’s equal to more than three decades’ worth of fossil fuel emissions. And it means every acre exploited by industry makes climate change even worse — not to mention putting in peril the people and wildlife who’ve thrived in the boreal for centuries.

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  1. What We’re Doing:
  • Protecting the world’s largest old-growth forest takes sustained commitment. But NRDC has been in the fight for two decades — and as we round the bend into 2019, we’re more committed than ever to:
    • Pressuring the Canadian government to work with Indigenous communities to protect the boreal forest from unsustainable logging and save the threatened boreal caribou — before it’s too late.
    • Turning up the heat on companies like Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, and others to say no to making throwaway tissue products from trees that come from the boreal forest, and urging these companies to use recycled content instead.
    • Educating consumers on what products to avoid that are made with boreal wood.

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  1. Learn More:

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  • See what the boreal forest looks like.

  • Check out this video to grasp the full beauty of the boreal forest and learn more about how carbon sinks — like the boreal — work and why they’re critical.

  • Learn about the ways in which Indigenous Peoples are leading the fight to protect their forest homelands. Meet the Innu forester working to save Canada’s boreal forest.
  • Discover what it’s like to study one of North America’s most elusive mammals. Meet the wildlife ecologist who is researching ways to help boreal caribou survive.
  • Find out which companies are calling for protection of Canada’s boreal forest. Read the letter from industry executives urging the Canadian government to step up and take bold steps to save the boreal forest.

Stay tuned! We’ll keep you updated on our fight to protect the boreal forest. But in the meantime, get even more info at NRDC’s boreal forest headquarters.


Rhea Suh
President, NRDC 

Brazil: Deforestation is organized crime!




In Brazil, thousands of square kilometers of rainforest are destroyed each year, and this year’s depletion of nature reaches its highest level since 2008: According to the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, a total of 7900 square kilometers of forest were cut between August 2017 and July 2018.


This corresponds to an area of ​​more than one million soccer fields!!

Deforestation has risen by more than 13 percent since last year. Environment Minister Edson Duarte cited illegal logging as the reason and blamed “increased organized crime”. Brazil must expand the fight against environmental violations and protect the sustainable development of the biome.

Most trees were cleared in the states of Pará and Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso grows much of Brazil’s grain.

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According to critics, the forest has to give way above all to expanding agriculture.

The rainforest in the Amazon region is the largest on Earth. Much of the forest lies on Brazilian territory. Newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro had announced in the election campaign to have a road paved through the rainforest. He is also considering merging the environment with the Ministry of Agriculture. Minister Duarte warned against the merger. Critics fear that environmental protection, with the merger behind the interests of the powerful agricultural lobbies must stand behind.

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In the past year, the deforestation of the rainforest had fallen by 16 percent compared to the previous year and amounted to almost 7,000 square kilometers. The lowest level was reached in 2012, when only 4500 square kilometers of forest were cleared.

In 2004, the then government adopted measures to combat deforestation. In the year, an area the size of Haiti – over 27,000 square kilometers was cut down.–deforestation-of-the-rainforest-reaches-its-highest-level-in-10-years.H1dKOTLR7.html

My comment: nature does not need us, we need nature.

If we destroy its last resources, who won?

Best regards, Venus



UK: ‘Natural England’ (?) Issue Licences To Kill Multiple Red-listed Bird Species – Is This ‘Natural’ ??




Full article:


Licences granted to kill multiple Red-listed species

Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have given the go-ahead for Red-listed species such as Eurasian Curlew, Eurasian Skylark and House Sparrow to be shot.

The full list of birds for which killing permits have been issued includes several other scarcely believable species, including Blackbird, Eurasian Bullfinch, European Robin, Great Tit, Northern Lapwing and Red Kite.

Officials from both organisations have said the permits were handed out for air safety, public health and safety and to prevent serious damage to livestock, and it’s likely thousands of birds have so far been killed under the licenses.


Please click on the above link to read the full article.


WAV Comment – So suddenly birds are a public health and livestock concern ! –  The Brits are not going to take this easy and accept it.  We think quite rightly there are going to be serious responses to this action.  Can we suggest that ‘Natural England’ change their name to ‘Farmers Friend Natural Killers’ – going against nature !



England: Chris Packham; Wildlife Campaigner and Broadcaster; Becomes CIWF Patron.



From Compassion In World Farming (CIWF), London:

We are delighted to announce that naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham has joined us as a Patron. The popular TV presenter, conservationist and photographer has been a wildlife enthusiast since he was a small boy. Chris has become a well-known champion for wildlife, fronting TV shows including, The Really Wild Show, BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

A compassionate campaigner

Chris is also a very active campaigner spearheading The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife and leading the way with his new London rally #ThePeoplesWalkForWildlife – on which our CEO, Philip Lymbery, attended in September, along with thousands of others.

Passionate about finding a better way for us all to take action to protect our wildlife and the wider environment, Chris is a wonderful advocate to have on board and encourage others to help make a difference.

“There’s an old expression ‘you are what you eat’. I think we need to change it to ‘what you eat says who you are’ because now each and every one of our diets needs a critical rethink,”  said Chris, on becoming our Patron.

“From our health perspective, from the point of animal welfare, to the impact farming has on wildlife and to the way that our food choices shape the environment of the entire planet. Thinking about eating no, less or better quality meat or dairy needs to be on our agenda. As does a better understanding of the way modern farming practices are shaping our world and how we can work together with farmers to improve these for everything and everyone’s benefit. Young people in particular need to re-connect to the nature of food and learn the true cost of its production and food labelling, so we can make informed choices must be significantly improved. All this is why I am pleased to be a Patron for CIWF, a body calling for reforms based on science, best practice and compassion.”

Joining the fight to end factory farming

It is fantastic to have such a respected and dedicated Patron supporting us in the fight to end factory farming.

Chris spoke in depth about his concerns regarding industrial scale farming and its impact on the natural world when interviewed for Philip’s blog and Big Table podcast recently.

Philip said: “Chris is a wonderful advocate to have on board. We look forward to him supporting our fight to end factory farming.”

Find out more about Chris Packham on his website.


WAV Comment

Chris is a great wildlife campaigner; with specialist knowledge on so many issues.  Birds are a real speciality of his; and here is a video about him investigating the massacre of birds by hunters in Malta.

England: Fox Survey If You Wish To Get Involved.


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Want to take part in a survey on foxes ?

Use the link below – which may only be available for residents in England ? 

For my undergrad dissetation I am looking at public perceptions of foxes. If you have a few mins please can you complete my questionnaire for my research:




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