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EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

Luxembourg - The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's rightwing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000) a day.

EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

Luxembourg - The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's right-wing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000).

For Amazon tribe, rainforest is a whole world

Serra Do Navio - When Japarupi Waiapi looks into the dense foliage of the Amazon rainforest, he sees the equivalent of a supermarket, pharmacy, furniture store -- and that's just the beginning.Food like coconuts, roots and bananas grows plentifully.

Poland accuses EU's top court of bias in primeval forest case

Varsovia - Poland on Wednesday accused the EU's top court of taking sides in a lawsuit lodged by the European Commission against it for logging in the Bialowieza Forest, Europe's last primeval woodland.

Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials

Poland - It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

EU demands Polish 'reassurance' over ancient forest

Brussels - Top European Union officials have written to Poland's right-wing government seeking "reassurance" it will obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, sources said on Monday.

EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest

Brussels - The EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards.

Poland to keep logging in ancient forest: minister

Varsovia - Poland will keep logging in the ancient forest of Bialowieza despite an order from the EU's top court to halt the practice, the country's environment minister said Monday.

EU court orders Poland to suspend logging in ancient forest

Brussels - The European Union's top court has ordered Poland's right-wing government to suspend logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest pending a final judgement, a spokesman said Friday.

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Varsovia - Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, on Wednesday called for the vast woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, which bans an...

Chile fires cause 'worst forestry disaster' in its history

Santiago - Vast woodland fires in the center and south of Chile have caused "the biggest forestry disaster in our history," President Michelle Bachelet said Monday, canceling a trip abroad to supervise the emergency.

Shock as Honduras national park cleared to halt bugs

- A massive bug infestation and cut-down of pine trees in a national park in Honduras has stunned residents and sparked a warning from experts that a localized spike in temperatures will ensue.

Poland approves logging Europe's last primeval forest

Varsovia - Poland on Friday gave the go ahead for large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest intended to combat a spruce bark beetle infestation, despite scientists, ecologists and the EU protesting the move in Europe's last primeval woodland.

Call for a new charter for trees

London - Several environmental and conservation groups are calling for a new national charter to protect trees and woods from the risks associated with development, disease and climate change.

Rampaging elephants force Myanmar villagers to tree-top refuge

Kamayut - Pushed from their forest home by encroaching farm land, wild elephants are driving fearful villagers in a Myanmar township to seek refuge in tree houses while the animals storm their rice paddies looking for food.

Europe’s biomass boom is destroying America's forests

European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic.

Many parts of Europe should be ‘rewilded’

Rewilding is a process of environmental management focused on restoring natural ecological processes and reducing human influence on landscapes. A call has been made to spread the process more widely.

Police find giant cannabis forest in London

London - Police in the United Kingdom discovered more than 100 cannabis plants. The discovery was described as a giant cannabis forest.

South Korean forest bulldozed to create ski run for Olympics

South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Games, has been accused of bulldozing a 500-year-old virgin forest to make room for an Olympic ski slope.

Rate of global forest loss halved: UN report

Durban - The rate at which the world is losing its forests has halved, but an area of woodland the size of South Africa has still been lost since 1990, a UN report revealed Monday.

Seed munching monkeys aid forest regrowth

The dispersal of tree seeds by New World primates is essential for the continuation and regeneration of the world’s forests, according to new research between primatologists and plant geneticists.

Weed man charged with starting Northern California wildfire

Weed - A 24-year-old Northern California man was arrested and charged Saturday with starting the Boles fire that burned through the tiny lumber town of Weed, destroying more than 150 homes.

Massive King fire in Northern California fully contained

Placerville - California's disastrous King fire that burned nearly 100,000 acres of mostly forested land in Northern California has been fully contained, officials said Thursday.

Belligerent pig in Oakland, Maine forest terrorizes children

Children in Oakland, Maine, are afraid to go into the forest because of a belligerent pig that has been terrorizing them. Police are trying to find the animal.

Thousands evacuated as California wildfires come early and often

Carlsbad - Tens of thousands of people including a nuclear plant, a college campus and a US military base had to be evacuated Wednesday after numerous early-season wildfires converged near San Diego.

Eco-sex activists 'F*ck for Forest' use porn to save the earth

A group of 'eco-sex activists' is making and selling online access to amateur 'ecoporn' to raise money for and awareness of the earth's endangered rain forests.

Life-size LEGO forest makes final appearance in Coogee, Sydney Special

Coogee - Pine trees and flowers 66 times bigger than regular LEGO can be seen at Dunningham Reserve on the north side of Coogee beach until 28 October.

Freak tornadoes tear across Poland — 1 dead, 10 injured (update)

Freak summer tornadoes have cut a swathe through Bory Tucholskie forest and the surrounding villages in Poland, killing one man.

Op-Ed: The legacy of Chris Tame

London - Christopher Ronald Tame died 6 years ago today; for many years he was Britain's leading Libertarian, but what if anything do you know about him?

Op-Ed: Remember to light up for 'No Smoking Day'

Wednesday, March 14 is No Smoking Day 2012. Be sure to light up a symbolic cigarette or cigar to show the nanny state what you think of it.
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Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washington Alpine Area.
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Picture of the Forest of Dean
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Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
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Aspens were mapped in this climate profile for the contemporary climate in 2009 using the climate model extension.
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Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
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Nitrogen pollution is fertilizing tropical forests in Thailand, Panama and Brazil, Smithsonian Institution scientists have claimed.
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Guns pictured in the Democratic Republic of Congo forest.
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A Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack perches on a hand to feed on some seeds from lunch while hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park.
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Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
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Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
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Photo from Hawa island in South Korea.
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Books with spells, oh my!
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Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker in 'The Great Debaters'
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The misty forest of Kar Tepe mountain
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