Guatemala has experienced the most rapid deforestation of any country over the last five years (The Guardian)
- “Agriculture is inexorably devouring the forest.”
- Since 1980, 40 percent of the forest of Laguna del Tigre National Park has been cleared.
- Guatemala’s rate of deforestation is now around 3.72 percent per year.
Endangered species spotlight: the handfish (Mongabay)
- These special fish use hand like pectoral fins to literally walk along the ocean floor.
- Handfish are also the first marine fish to become threatened with extinction with a global population at a mere 300 to 400 fish.
Climate change could kill one in 10 species by end of the century (Blue Chanel 24)
- We are currently witnessing an extinction rate that is much greater than any other historical rate.
- Scientists predict that 1 in 10 species will become extinct due to climate change within this century.
A new map shows the potential for tidal power along US coats (Climatide)
- The constant flux of tides would power underwater turbines to generate electricity.
- While the best sites are on the west coast, some small Massachusetts towns consider tidal energy a viable option.
The Netherlands raises the bar on sustainable fishing (The Guardian)
- Facing the failure of its fisheries, the Netherlands committed to only stocking Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) rated fish, by the end of 2011.
- Today, nearly 800 products in Dutch shops carry the MSC label, and public awareness is growing.