By Lindsay E. Brown
A report came out on Tuesday alleging that illicit deals gave a quarter of all of Liberia to foreign logging companies. Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, quickly suspended her forestry chief and promised to investigate.
“An explosion in the use of secretive and often illegal logging permits” has occurred, the report says.
Please join us in telling Congress to protect the world’s forests and wildlife from illegal logging.
Last week I shared my experience beekeeping for a day. Now, we’re asking you to help us save the bees.
The Environmental Protection Agency declined to ban the insecticide clothianidin, one of a class of chemicals that act on the central nervous system of insects. This chemical is lethal to bees and weakens their immune systems, making them more susceptible to pathogens. It also known to contribute to colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon in which all the adult honey bees in a colony disappear and leave their hive.
Here’s what the director of “Vanishing of the Bees,” Maryam Henein, had to say about bees and CCD in this Heroines for the Planet interview.
This wouldn’t be the first time a presidential candidate flip-flopped on an issue. While Romney acknowledges climate change now (yay!), he is completely unwilling to do anything about it, and opposes steps like a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system (boo!).
Belgium-based Ecover has purchased San Francisco-based Method in a move that will surely make Ecover a green cleaning powerhouse. “The marriage of our two brands makes perfect sense, as we are both companies rooted in a deep heritage of sustainability, innovation, and making people’s lives healthier and happier,” said Method CEO Drew Fraser.
I first acquainted myself with the Ecover brand as a finalist in their “30 Under 30″ contest a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve loyally cleaned my apartment with Ecover products and I also write for their blog!
Photo Credit: Global Witness