Young orangutan Utu clings to one of his rescuers as he is freed from the tiny wooden cage that has been home for five years. The tiny primate, covered in fuzzy auburn hair, is one of three Bornean orangutans saved in Indonesia over the past two weeks. Environmentalists and local officials rescued Utu and another youngster, Joy, from tiny 1.5 by one meter (five by three feet) cages where they were kept as house pets in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. A third orangutan named Tomang was moved from a village in the same province where he had been raiding fruit trees, angering local villagers. Joy and Utu will now spend years learning to fend for themselves before being released into the wild, while Tomang has been set free into Gunung Palung National Park. The rescues are a rare spot of bright news for the critically endangered species, after a string of fatal attacks on the great apes that have been blamed on farmers and hunters. Four Indonesian men were arrested over the … [Read more...] about Indonesian ‘house pet’ orangutans rescued by activists
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Located on the same stretch of secluded beach as its sister hotel, Paradise Koh Yao, and only a short journey from Phuket International Airport, you will arrive to the start of your Tree House Villas experience. From the Yacht Haven Marina, you head out on a 55 minute speed boat journey soaking up the scenery through the world famous Phang Nga Bay. Located in a remote corner at the top of this idyllic island of Koh Yao Noi and nestled within a national reserve, you will find this luxury and exclusive resort in a tropical rain-forest on it’s own private bay which is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Koh Yao Noi Island is a quiet tropical getaway situated between Phuket and Krabi, allowing for an ideal addition for a multicentre holiday in Thailand and combining many of the famous resorts the land of smiles has to offer. The largely untouched island is covered with lush tropical jungle and limestone cliffs and is fringed by beaches and reef, and surrounded by numerous … [Read more...] about Always wanted to stay in a cool tree-house? Now you can, in 5 star luxury.
caption Less coal, more forests. source Tonyninetyone/Shutterstock The “Trump Forest” is a project to plant trees to offset President Donald Trump’s pro-coal energy policy. The group has received enough pledges to plant one million trees, and the donations keep rolling in from around the world. Forests are one of the world’s most important sources of oxygen and carbon storage. Donors have funded the planting of over one million trees as part of the “Trump Forest,” a project to combat President Donald Trump’s pro-fossil-fuel energy policy. The project began just under a year ago, when Trump pledged to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. Since then, over 3,300 people have made donations to fund the planting of new forests around the world. “Trump wants to bring back coal,” Trump Forest’s website reads. “So we’re … [Read more...] about A group has pledged to plant a million trees to combat Trump’s pro-coal stance — and they’ve been wildly successful
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.
Some of us living in Bangkok have been frustrated for years by the way crews from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) routinely hack down the big beautiful trees that line our roads and sois. I have always been told that they don't have a choice about doing this because the trees interfere with the above-ground telecoms and electrical wiring, causing outages.About one month ago, all that above-ground wiring was removed from the north side of Sukhumvit Road from at least Asok through Phra Khanong and probably beyond. And yet, the BMA crews are still out there cutting down all the trees. They are not trimming them, which isn't necessary anymore anyway, they are reducing many of them to little more than stumps. Despite the fact there is no more wiring.Why does the BMA have a pathological hatred of trees? Trees make Bangkok beautiful. They make the streets cooler with their shade. The politicians and bureaucrats who administer this city go on and on with PR campaigns about making … [Read more...] about Leave our trees alone
PORT REPUBLIC, New Jersey -- They're called "ghost forests" — dead trees along vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas, something scientists call one of the most visible markers of climate change. The process has happened naturally for thousands of years, but it has accelerated in recent decades as polar ice melts and raises sea levels, scientists say, pushing salt water farther inland and killing trees in what used to be thriving freshwater plains. Efforts are underway worldwide to determine exactly how quickly the creation of ghost forests is increasing. But scientists agree the startling sight of dead trees in once-healthy areas is an easy-to-grasp example of the consequences of climate change. "I think ghost forests are the most obvious indicator of climate change anywhere on the Eastern coast of the US," said Matthew Kirwan, a professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science who is studying ghost forests in his state and Maryland. "It was dry, usable land 50 years … [Read more...] about Climate change before your eyes: Seas rise and trees die
There are three things that a man or woman must do before bidding adieu to life—plant a tree, write a book, raise a child. This aphorism has been attributed to many people (the Cuban poet Jose Marti, painter Pablo Picasso, Chinese sages) and even to the ancient Babylonian Talmud, that it must be an important, eternal message: that if you want to leave some mark on the earth during your fleeting time here, do any, or all of these three things. My energies lately have been focused on the first one, and I’m proud I’ve been fairly successful, though I need to plant more especially in light of the massive deforestation in the country (not to mention the haphazard cutting of old trees being done by the local public works department, in Bicol, Makiling, and other places with old-growth trees). In my backyard garden, I have a modest collection of Philippine hardwoods such as narra, acacia and kamagong. I bought them when they were young trees, from 10 to 12 feet tall with … [Read more...] about Planting trees in a tropical garden
“If we can develop and design streets so that they are wonderful, fulfilling places to be—community-building places, attractive for all people —then we will have successfully designed about one-third of the city directly and will have had an immense impact on the rest.” –Allan Jacobs, author of Great Streets The geometric design of our roads should follow the rule of thirds: 1/3 for trees and landscaping, 1/3 for pedestrians and bicycles, and 1/3 for moving vehicles. Urban designers, landscape architects, environmental planners, and good road engineers know that roads can be designed around trees, without needing to uproot them. For many people, trees are the most important single characteristic of a good street. Streets moderate the form and structure and comfort of urban communities. In a very elemental way, streets allow people to be outside. The people of cities understand the symbolic, ceremonial, social, and political roles of streets, not just … [Read more...] about Save our trees: good road design includes trees
LOCKED in a legal battle with the Quezon City government, the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation Inc. (MSBFI) said that it continuously supports the national greening program (NGP) of President Aquino through the breeding of native and indigenous forest tree species. MSBFI President Leonardo Ligeralde said the seven-hectare property at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue remains the only green spot from the stretch of Monumento in Caloocan City and Baclaran in Pasay City where services like seedling production, reforestation, agroforestry, tree farming, composting, charcoal making and tree maintenance are provided. Tree maintenance includes pruning, tree removal, stump removal, earth balling, transplanting and tree surgery. Noted environmentalist Dr. Isidro Esteban is the MSBFI forestry consultant and tree doctor. As the MSBFI celebrates its 36th year on September 1, Ligeralde said the seedling bank has expanded its services to consultancy, research services and extension to first class … [Read more...] about Manila Seedling Bank keeps on growing trees
It has been touted as a transformational rail expansion. But some Mount Dennis residents aren’t happy so far about the impact of the new Union-to-Pearson rail line on their neighbourhood. Those living beside or near the tracks say Metrolinx, the agency in charge of expanding the 20-kilometre Georgetown South train corridor, is “clear-cutting” — levelling all the trees and shrubs that have grown wild along the tracks for years. Simon Chamberlain, secretary for the Mount Dennis Community Association, says the spoilage of foliage is eliminating a natural air filter, canopy and visual screen in preparation for the new service that will see trains running all day by the time the Pan Am Games open in 2015. He also expects that graffiti will show up on buildings and fences abutting the corridor once there is no greenery to screen them. Metrolinx says it is clearing the rail line completely, not only to eliminate leaves from falling on the tracks and slowing trains, but … [Read more...] about Air-rail link has Metrolinx ‘clear-cutting’ trees along the rails, say residents