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    Users can now download up to date forest data

    2014 - 02.19

    Raw data showing the changes in the forest cover in the Brazilian Amazon and other forests worldwide can now be downloaded by ordinary internet users as well as scientists.

    The global forest map was published last year and users were able to look at the information, but not actually get to grips with the figures. It’s hoped that the release of the full data sets will help both conservationists and government agencies formulate better responses to changes more quickly if they can access up to date information immediately.

    The project is being spearheaded by a number of partners including search engine giant Google and the University of Maryland in the US. The information can also be viewed via Google Earth.

    Matthew Hansen from the University of Maryland told Monga Bay: “People will use these data in ways we can’t even imagine today. Brazil had used Landsat data to document its deforestation trends and to inform policy and they also shared their data publicly

    “But such data has not been widely available for other parts of the world. Our global mapping of forest cover lifts the veil – revealing what’s happening on the ground in places people could only conjecture about before.”

    The work of ethical companies such as Greenwood Management play a key role in ensuring the rainforest is managed sustainably for future generations.

    Want to be a Rock Star?

    2014 - 02.13

    Looking to join the likes of the elite?  See yourself as a rock star, politician or maybe just a worried citizen anxious to join the war on global pollution, it is the solution of choice… Music giants such as the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Dido and MTV, as well as firms such as Volvo and British Telecom, wear it as a modern badge of honour.

    It seems that everyone now wants to be “carbon neutral”… and there is no better way than investing in Forestry.  Trees soak up CO 2 and thus offset the global pollution that we are all causing…

    So how can investing in forestry ‘reduce your carbon footprint’  …

    Trees and other plants make their own food from carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, water, sunlight and a small amount of soil elements. In the process, they release oxygen (O2) for us to breathe.

    •    Help to settle out, trap and hold particle pollutants (dust, ash, pollen and smoke) that can damage human lungs.
    •    Absorb CO2 and other dangerous gasses and, in turn, replenish the atmosphere with oxygen.
    •    Produce enough oxygen on each acre for 18 people every day.
    •    Absorb enough CO2 on each acre, over a year’s time, to equal the amount you produce when you drive your car 26,000 miles. Trees remove gaseous pollutants by absorbing them through the pores in the leaf surface. Particulates are trapped and filtered by leaves, stems and twigs, and washed to the ground by rainfall.

    Air pollutants injure trees by damaging their foliage and impairing the process of photosynthesis (food making). They also weaken trees making them more susceptible to other health problems such as insects and diseases.

    The loss of trees in our urban areas not only intensifies the urban “heat-island” effect from loss of shade and evaporation, but we lose a principal absorber of carbon dioxide and trapper of other air pollutants as well.

    Some of the major air pollutants and their primary sources are:
    •    Carbon dioxide: Burning oil, coal, natural gas for energy. Decay and burning of tropical forests.
    •    Sulfur dioxide: Burning coal to generate electricity.
    •    Hydrogen floride and silicon tetrafloride: Aluminum and phospate fertilizer production, oil refineries, and steel manufacturing.
    •    Ozone: Chemical reactions of sunlight on automobile exhaust gases. Ozone is a major pollutant in smog.
    •    Methane: Burning fossil fuels, livestock waste, landfills and rice production.
    •    Nitros oxides: Burning fossil fuels and automobile exhausts.
    •    Chloroflorocarbons: Air conditioners, refrigerators, industrial foam.

    The burning of fossil fuels for energy and large scale forest fires such as in the tropics are major contributors to the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere.
    Managing and protecting forests and planting new trees reduces CO2 levels by storing carbon in their roots and trunk and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.

    Greenwood Management are an established reputable company and will give free advice as to how you can invest in the future of our planet.