The ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ is transforming northwestern Pakistan

June 27, 2018 by  
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Once arid hillsides have now become wide swaths of lush green woodland in northwestern Pakistan , where hundreds of millions of trees from 42 different species have been planted as part of the provincial government’s “Billion Tree Tsunami” program. “Before, it was completely burnt land. Now, they have green gold in their hands,” forest manager Pervaiz Manan told AFP . The reforestation effort aims to control erosion, combat climate change , reduce flooding, increase the chances of precipitation and provide economic opportunities for locals. “Now our hills are useful, our fields became useful,” local driver Ajbir Shah said . “It is a huge benefit for us.” Much of the land being replanted was decimated between 2006 and 2009, when the Pakistani Taliban controlled much of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where the project is now underway. In addition to the more than 300 million trees planted in the region under the provincial government, 150 million trees were given to private landowners to plant, while 730 million already-planted trees have been protected to allow for regrowth. The mind-blowing number of trees , over a billion, has been confirmed by independent observers. “We are 100 percent confident that the figure about the billion trees is correct,” World Wildlife Fund Pakistan manager Kamran Hussain said. “Everything is online. Everyone has access to this information.” Related: Pakistan just broke the world record for the hottest April day ever The Billion Tree Tsunami comes at a time when Pakistan’s forest stock has shrunk to a perilous low; only 5.2 percent of the country is covered in forests, well below the 12 percent recommended by the United Nations . Started in 2014, the Billion Tree Tsunami program still needs to implement some safeguard systems, such as fire protection, before its expected completion in 2020. In 2017, the federal government of Pakistan began its own project to plant 100 million trees by 2022. While some are skeptical of the project’s long-term success, with infrastructure historically taking precedent over environmental concerns, the Billion Tree Tsunami offers hope. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ruling party leader Imran Khan said, “Every child in Pakistan should be aware of the environmental issue which, until now, has been a non-issue.” Via Phys.org and AFP Image via Haroon (HBK)

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#SmallSteps: Paper And The Digital Revolution

May 28, 2015 by  
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Did you know that we use more than 65 Billion pieces of paper every day? EVERY DAY! What are some #SmallSteps that we can take in order to use less paper without harming our workflows? This video is brought to you by the Institute of Scrap…

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Composting For The Cosmopolitan

May 28, 2015 by  
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Just because you live in an apartment building doesn’t mean you can’t turn your table scraps into earth-friendly compost. You’ll be doing the planet a big favor: food that rots in plastic bags in landfills produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas…

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The Importance Of Kids Being In Nature

May 27, 2015 by  
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What it is Once upon a time, kids of any age returning from school were told, “go outside and play.” “Outside” may have been a back yard, a park, or a nearby patch of woods. Today’s kids are more likely to have a scheduled play date, join an…

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Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

December 18, 2013 by  
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Photo © Shutterstock Warren Buffet’s utility company, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, announced yesterday that it had placed a massive order for 448 wind turbines , worth $1 billion. The turbines, which will be installed in Iowa, represent the largest order to date for a land-based wind energy project. Read the rest of Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , clean energy investments , Iowa power , land-based wind power , MidAmerican Energy , utility companies , warren buffett , wind power prices , wind power purchase , wind turbines        

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

December 18, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , a palace for nature , botanical gardens , desalination , desert architecture , eco design , eco palace , eco-luxe , green architecture , Green Building , green design , palace , palace for nature , photovoltaics , qatar , sanzpont architecture , Sanzpont Arquitectura , Sustainable Building , sustainable design        

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

December 17, 2013 by  
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Beginning January 1st, consumers will have to say “Adios!” to the two most common light bulbs – the 40- and 60-watt incandescent – as they will be permanently phased out of production due to federal legislation . Batteries Plus Bulbs , the nation’s largest specialty retailer for batteries and light bulbs, just launched a helpful infographic to help consumers understand the change, prepare for the phase out, and select the best energy-efficient lightbulbs for their homes. Check out the full infographic by clicking the thumbnail below! + Batteries Plus Bulbs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , eco light bulb , energy efficient bulb , energy efficient lighting , green design , green lighting , incandescent bulb , infographic , LED bulb , light bulb ban , light bulb switch , light emitting diode , see the light , sustainable design        

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World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

June 14, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock According to numbers recently released by the UN , the world’s population is expected reach nearly 11 billion people by 2100. That’s about 8 percent more than was predicted in 2011. While population growth has slowed in developed countries, populations in developing countries, particularly those in Africa , are increasing at a higher rate than expected. Read the rest of World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adrian Raftery , Africa population , birth rates , current population , Europe population , global population , Inda population , life expectancy , Population by 2050 , population by 2100 , population increase , UN population report , university of washington , University of Washington population numbers , US population , World population        

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The Koteli Bag Is a Colorful Reusable Bag That Also Helps Save Sea Turtles

June 6, 2013 by  
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The Koteli Bag  is a colorful, durable, foldable reusable bag that is helping our oceans stay free of plastic debris. Conservation and wildlife protection organization SEE-Turtles says 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles are endangered today. Sea turtles think that floating plastic bags are jellyfish and consume them, choking and dying of poison. To offset this, Koteli Bag users keep 3-4 plastic bags out of the ocean with each use of the Koteli Bag, plus Koteli donates 10 percent of all online sales to SEE-Turtles and the Billion Baby Turtles Campaign . Can you fit a great cause and up to 65 pounds of stuff into your reusable bag? + Koteli Bag The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Billion Baby Turtles Campaign , eco bag , foldable reusable bag , green bag , Koteli Bag , plastic bag waste , reusable bag , SEE-Turtles        

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Laurence Vallières Creates a Menagerie from Cardboard

June 6, 2013 by  
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