Deforestation has long been known to be a crime against the planet and of serious detriment to the environment. Rainforests that have covered the land for thousands of years are being eaten into every day with little or no regard for the consequences once this valuable carbon sink has been destroyed in order to feed the developed world’s hunger for consumer products.
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A new campaign launched by environmental campaign group Greenpeace is calling on consumers to take steps to help increase awareness about the detrimental effects that the footwear industry can have on the world’s rainforests.
2009 has been officially declared as ‘Year of the Gorilla’ in an attempt to promote this important creature and increase awareness of the threats the species faces that could have a serious effect on gorilla populations. A project by YoG is looking to supply local people of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo with affordable fuel efficient stoves to reduce the demand for charcoal from the rainforests.
Harnessing the power of digital media, Prince Charles has launched a new campaign to spread public awareness of the importance of the rainforest and acting to stop further deforestation and destruction while we still can.
A paper published by the Royal Society, the UK’s academy of science, has highlighted concern for tropical lizards who are at risk from rising temperatures caused by Climate Change. Raymond Huey, a professor of biology at the University of Washington stated in the Royal Society paper published on the 4th March that as lizards living in the tropical rainforests are already living in warm temperatures, the lizards’ intolerance of heat could push the species “over the edge”.
Although lizards of various species live in different countries and therefore different climates across the globe, these particular lizards, including the species Anolis gundlachi, are considered to be at particular risk. This is because although lizards that live in different areas are used to and are established within climates where they see temperature ranges throughout the year that vary by as much as 40°, the climate that Anolis gundlachi and the like are used to varies by a much narrower margin. Therefore any change to this is thought to be much more significant, and much more likely to put the species under stress.
This prediction is based on research that Huey undertook during the 1970s studying native lizards’ activities in relation to their body temperature. Although this research was not motivated by climate change, Huey believes the information gained from the research would accurately inform this current concern. Some have argued that the lizards may be able to evolve to adapt to the warmer temperatures, however Huey is not convinced that this would be the case, stating “we don’t think it’s likely because of their long generation times.”