Japan disaster to put logging pressure on rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia (Mongabay)
- “One timber player rules out a ’30-40 per cent jump in exports’ to Japan – which mostly buys plywood from Malaysia – but expects a probable steady rise in demand from Japan to help in the reconstruction process, depending on the extent of the damage to buildings,” AmResearch, an investment research firm based in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, told the Borneo Post.
How India is preparing for the scorching heat of climate change (NRDC OnEarth)
- “Throughout India, we are told that increasing dry spells will worsen the country’s water crisis; already in Ahmedabad some sectors of the city only have water service for 30 minutes a day.”
Apple and Intel to Stop Using Conflict Minerals in Products (Earth 911)
- “Conflict diamonds are not the only blood-stained mineral that funds armed groups and human-rights abuses in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Also mined there are tungsten, tin and tantalum – rare minerals vital to the U.S. electronics industry.”
Mangroves Are World’s Most Carbon-Rich Tropical Forests & They’ve Disappearing Fast (TreeHugger)
- “We’ve known that the world’s mangroves are in decline, with 30-50% of them being cleared in the past half century and 16% of them currently threatened. Now new research shows that mangroves are the most carbon-rich forests in the tropics, clearing them being responsible for about 10% of greenhouse gas emissions from global deforestation despite being just 0.7% of tropical forest area.”
March Madness may be over, but here are 10 green things from the tourney that you’ll like (NRDC Switchboard)
- 600 recycling bins and regular messages on the jumbotron reminding people to recycle at Reliant Stadium, the home of the Final Four.