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Restoring America’s Lost Species

A few hours north of Atlanta begins the range of what was once a common site in the canopies of eastern forests: the American Chestnut. With the importation of the trees’ Asian counterparts came a fungal blight that reduced a common canopy dweller to mere shrubs in forest undergrowth. By the 1940s the blight, Cryphonectria parasitca, had infected almost all of the trees despite both chemical and physical interventions by the American Forest Service. The fungus delivers its major blow by entering the bark of the tree and subsequently killing everything growing above the point of infection. The loss of this fast growing lumber and the chestnuts that fell from its branches annually created a hole in the economy of the Appalachian people as well an absence in the diet of many forest creatures of the region. While it may have seemed like the end for the American Chestnut, hope still existed in the small shoots that emerged from the root systems still living beneath the forest floor. Although the blight prevents the trees from reaching full size, scientists saw that there was still a chance for recovery. Charles Burnham and Paul Rutter believed the answer would be found in the blight resistant genes of Chinese Chestnuts and in the 1980s they implemented a breeding program to test their theory. Today, this project lives on in the form of the American Chestnut Foundation. However, new evidence may suggest that, in addition to the classic breeding program, genetic engineering shows promise in the efforts to introduce blight resistance into the chestnut trees.

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Doubling of Financial Professionals Offering Fossil Fuel Free Portfolios Seen From 2013 to 2015

SRI Conference Poll Confirms Strong Growth of Fossil-Free Focus, Interest in "Low Carbon" Investments

The number of investment professionals in the U.S. offering fossil fuel-free portfolios to investors nearly doubled-jumping from 22 percent to 42 percent of those polled-from 2013 to 2015 amid growing signs of retail and institutional investor interest in such choices, according to The SRI Conference 2015 Fossil Fuels Divestment Survey released today by First Affirmative Financial Network.

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The True Cost Of Food

The True Cost Of FoodOrganic, GMO, Pesticide-free, Fair-trade – what do these really mean, are they just trends and how do they affect our planet? Agriculture is a complex industry, that to some extent we are all reliant upon. Understandably, for decades the focus has been on how to increase crop yield more efficiently and cheaper. At first glance, this seems intuitive. And in large measures the agricultural industry has been able to accomplish this through the widespread use of pesticides and genetically modified crops that are resistant to pests and other external factors. But does more equal better?

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Asia Pulp & Paper Transforms into Zero Deforestation Leader:

Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability, Solaris PaperSoutheast Green welcomes Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability with Solaris Paper for this special three part series on the UN's recent announcement to protect the world's forests.

Part 1 Commitment to Deforestation Part 2 Solaris Paper Part 3 Asia Pulp & Paper

From Rainforest to Rapidly Renewable fiber plantations

How did a paper company like Asia Pulp & Paper:

  • Headquartered in an emerging market, like Indonesia,
  • Where concessions to harvest rainforest have been liberally issued by the government inn order to grow its economy,
  • With a complicated supply chain, almost daunting in its complexity, across many plants and suppliers,
  • And making a lot of money...

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Solaris Paper on Zero Deforestation

Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability, Solaris PaperSoutheast Green welcomes Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability with Solaris Paper for this special three part series on the UN's recent announcement to protect the world's forests.

Part 1 Commitment to Deforestation Part 2 Solaris Paper Part 3 Asia Pulp & Paper

The United Nation’s announcement of the New York Declaration of Forests which was reported last month made worldwide news. Solaris Paper is firmly committed to the declaration and involved with Zero Deforestation.

Solaris Paper is a North American towel and tissue (T&T) company, primarily supplying businesses, and its exclusive supply partner for T&T products is Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). APP is quickly becoming the largest tissue producer in the world (by 2016), and along with that comes substantial corporate social responsibility.

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Sustainability Leaders Commit to Deforestation

Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability, Solaris Paper

Part 1 Commitment to Deforestation Part 2 Solaris Paper Part 3 Asia Pulp & Paper

Southeast Green welcomes Nancy Geisler, Director of Sustainability with Solaris Paper for this special three part series on the UN's recent announcement to protect the world's forests.

New York Declaration on Forests

Something very big happened at the United Nations Climate Summit in September, and most people haven’t heard about it!

On September 23rd, a coalition of world sustainability leaders endorsed a global timeline to end deforestation. This commits them to:

  • Cut natural forest loss in half by the year 2020,
  • Strive to end forest loss by the year 2030, and
  • Restore forests and croplands equivalent to an area larger than India.

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Childhood Obesity Epidemic Poses Threat to Future Georgians

Today, more than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese and could be on track to live shorter lives than their parents. Recently in Georgia, the University of Georgia (UGA) described our state as being “at great risk for the disease.” A 2013 UGA study found the following statistics:

● The prevalence of obesity among low-income 2 to 4-year-olds and high-school students is 12.7 and 13.3 percent, respectively.
● The prevalence of obesity among all 10 to 17- year-olds is 16.5 percent
● The prevalence of adult obesity continues to climb, with Georgia now having the 18th highest adult obesity rate in the nation (and over 30 percent of its population is obese).

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Energy codes equal efficiency

In the land of urban myths, it’s often said that building energy codes are bad for business. Energy codes, which in Georgia are adopted at the state level, require developers to spend time and materials upfront to ensure new and renovated buildings will be super-efficient.

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Climate Change Doesn't Care if You're Republican or Democrat

U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol)

Protecting our children and future generations from the impacts of extreme weather like droughts, floods and hurricanes caused by climate change is not as politically partisan as some would have you believe. Recent polls have shown that 70 percent of Americans see climate change as a serious problem, and a vast majority of the American public favors government action to address it .

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Challenges facing environmental lawsuits

The degradation of our environment has become a subject of worldwide concern as the world’s population increasingly gets sensitization to the need to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources.

The question of who should be accountable has arisen. Multinational corporations such as oil companies take a lot out of the earth and in return, surrounding communities are the ones that suffer. Likewise, trees and animals that thrive on government owned land are at risk because governments can decide to clear the land at any time.

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