What We're Reading: July 2015

Here's our top reading list for July!

1. "Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places" by the World Wildlife Fund

via World Wildlife Fund (Photo: Zig Koch)

via World Wildlife Fund (Photo: Zig Koch)

A recent study published by the WWF found that by 2030, 80% of the world's deforestation will be confined to 11 locations -- 10 of which are in the tropics. These 11 regions are known as "deforestation fronts", and the island of Borneo, where our partner ASRI works, is one of them; projected to lose 22 million hectares of forest by 2030, mainly due to palm oil development. We'll admit, its not a very uplifting study. But its incredibly important to be aware of the rate at which these critical ecosystems will be lost, if we do not take action. You can read the full report here.

2. "Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health" by Dr. Sarah Whitmee, et al in The Lancet

If you've got time for a longer read, we highly recommend this comprehensive report -- which makes the human and environment connection than we strive to make every day. For a quick summary, the report explores the idea of planetary health, which the authors insist is "based on the understanding that human health and human civilisation depend on flourishing natural systems and the wise stewardship of those natural system." BINGO! They further dive into the threats humans face and how we need to do more to properly manage our ecosystems in a holistic manner. If you don't have time to read the full report, at least take a look at the infographic, which sums it up pretty well.


3. "The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Impacts of Change in Land Cove" a report by the UNEP with Liverpool John Moores University, in collaboration with the Great Apes Survival Partnership

This report from the UNEP urgently warns that massive conversion of Borneo's forests for palm oil will leave orangutans facing extinction. Over 80% of endangered animal's habitat on the island could be lost by 2080 if the current land-use policies do not change. With climate change, the impacts of mass deforestation for agricultural development get worse -- it could also result in more severe floods, temperature increased, and reduced agricultural productivity. The study makes an urgent call to the governing bodies of the island to take immediate action and protect critical orangutan habitat.


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About Darya Minovi | View all posts by Darya Minovi

Darya is the Communications and Outreach Manager at Health In Harmony, based in Portland, OR. After studying Public Health and Environmental Policy at the College of William and Mary, Darya knew she wanted to dedicate her career to protecting human and environmental health. When she's not at work, you can find Darya enjoying the great outdoors, exploring Portland's farmers markets, or watching live music.