Good Nooz for Teh Plaaaanet

bad nooz for the econazi

*cough*

These new “secondary” forests are emerging in Latin America, Asia and other tropical regions at such a fast pace that the trend has set off a serious debate about whether saving primeval rain forest — an iconic environmental cause — may be less urgent than once thought. By one estimate, for every acre of rain forest cut down each year, more than 50 acres of new forest are growing in the tropics on land that was once farmed, logged or ravaged by natural disaster.

…Here, and in other tropical countries around the world, small holdings … — and much larger swaths of farmland — are reverting to nature, as people abandon their land and move to the cities in search of better livings.

…The idea has stirred outrage among environmentalists who believe that vigorous efforts to protect native rain forest should remain a top priority. But the notion has gained currency in mainstream organizations like the Smithsonian Institution and the United Nations, which in 2005 concluded that new forests were “increasing dramatically” and “undervalued” for their environmental benefits. …

“Biologists were ignoring these huge population trends and acting as if only original forest has conservation value, and that’s just wrong,” said Joe Wright…

15 Comments!

  1. joe
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    Actually, I didn’t say that but it makes sense to me.

  2. DougM
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:54 am |

    Nature has a habit of ignoring good intentions.

  3. Tom W
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:01 am |

    Ecologist know the most productive parts of the forest are the edges. Fires,Small ones , create many edges and thereby provide more food and diverse habitats for the critters and plants. Why anybody would think tropical rain forests would be any different than the more widely studied temperate is a question for a Green.

  4. Tom W
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:02 am |

    Green = idiot fanatic

  5. bigviking
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am |

    Maybe Newton should have published an additional law…..
    Nature can neither be created nor destroyed……

    These idiots need to get their heads wrapped around the fact that man is truly insignificant compared to the power of nature…….
    Trying to help the environment is akin to pissing in the ocean to see the water rise….

  6. Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:58 am |

    Pencil factories in Brazil … write it down.

  7. apotheosis
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm |

    COWS! Waitress, bring COWS for all my amphibians!

  8. S2
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

    …The idea has stirred outrage among environmentalists…

    Why do the environmentalists hate change?

  9. mojo
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm |

    “Hey, I’m an EXPERT!”

    As usual, the planet does what it’s always done, man or no man.

  10. mojo
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |

    Got Bug?

  11. MCPO
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm |

    EnvironMENTALists make me want to punch a bitch!

  12. Melissa In Texas
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm |

    MCPO, here too!

  13. rickn8or
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

    The way I’m reading this is that we need to cut down the rain forests more quickly, we’re barely staying ahead of the new growth…

  14. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm |

    I typed a 4000 word reply to this post, however just as I reached word 3,999 THE FUCKING POWER FAILED HERE IN KALI!!!!!! Purfeck reply now floats in Ether!!!!! MFCSing PG&E lectric company……

    Sign of the Futcha, I`m reckoning….. (Loud MEH…)

  15. Merovign
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 1:13 am |

    I was just wondering if Toad had come back to tell us that the Japanese Rain Forest provided 3000% of the oxygen we breathe.