Author Archives: Helen

Does Planting A Tree Make Any Difference?

Well-meaning people have recently begun to do their bit to fight back against the loss of natural resources by either planting, or paying for someone else to plant, trees of their own. Aside from being one sure-fire way to earn the derision and criticism of enviro-skeptics, is this ever going to have much effect? After all, what difference does one tree make? It should be fairly clear that this is not really the right question to ask. Of course, one person planting one tree is not going […]

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Is Our Planet Dying?

There is, no doubt, a tendency among people to think in fairly apocalyptic terms, and to exaggerate matters in order to get more people to pay more attention. In this respect, how much attention should we pay when people assert that our planet is dying, and we will all be in trouble if we do not make changes? It is hard to say. Certainly, we have finite resources to rely on and, if we do not find a way to live without taking more out of the […]

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The Enviro-Skeptic Movement

During the late 80s and much of the 90s, it was fashionable to be green – to the extent that it became a celebrity movement and environmentalist political parties started making big breakthroughs worldwide. Recently, it has become fashionable to reject the green message, and claim that the threat to our planet is grossly exaggerated. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the climate change debate. While environmentalists consider climate change to be man-made, a serious threat and preventable, it is now almost equally common to hear […]

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What Can One Person Do To Save Forests?

The issue of deforestation is one that is not easy to separate from emotions. When a forest is cleared, it is not only the trees that are removed from that area, but also the species of wildlife who make their home in that area. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that creeping deforestation is risking the extinction of several endangered species – and against the power of big business, it is easy to come to the conclusion that we as individuals are powerless. What can we […]

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Why Is Deforestation An Issue?

One of the most divisive issues facing the human race today is that of the environment. On one side of the debate there are environmentalists who feel that the planet needs all the help it can get if it is to continue supporting the ever-increasing population of the world, while on the other there are people who claim that the environmental movement is grossly exaggerating problems that are actually well within the control of society and business. Among the major environmental issues that cause such arguments is […]

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Why Is Deforestation Allowed?

The practice of deforestation is obviously a contentious one, with no small number of people furious that it is allowed to happen. Yet, it is allowed to happen nonetheless and this happens despite the controversy and the anger that it provokes. The big question is “why?”. And the answer is not that difficult to find. It is hard to stop deforestation because many of the world’s rainforests are in equatorial regions with little financial muscle. Therefore when a major global company with an interest in developing the […]

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Protecting Trees with Bird Netting

If you have a problem with birds, you have probably tried many solutions. Some of the most popular include plastic animals, scarecrows, wind chimes, or highly reflective tape. All of these things can do a great job of reducing bird problems. I have quite a few cherry trees in my backyard, and I used to struggle a lot with birds. After I applied all of these solutions, my problem went almost completely away. Unfortunately, the solution only lasted a few months. Apparently, birds have a natural tendency […]

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