Sierra Club

Report Addresses Impacts of Plantations and Genetically Engineered Trees
December 1, 2006

Dec. 8, 2006 -- A report exploring the environmental impacts of tree plantations and genetically engineered tress has been released by the Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance, ForestEthics, and Sierra Club. Called the “Ecological and Social Impacts of Fast Growing Timber Plantations and Genetically Engineered Trees,” the report concludes that: “The complex interactions of trees, understory plants, insects, animals, fungi, bacteria and soil micro-organisms is poorly understood. At best we have an outline of the principles of interaction, but by no means do we have a complete picture. This, combined with the inherent uncertainty of genetic engineering means that large-scale use of genetic

Going Green
July 1, 2006

One morning last week ... 29 years after president Jimmy Carter declared energy conservation “the moral equivalent of war” ... 37 years after the first reference to the “greenhouse effect” in The New York Times ... one day after oil prices hit a record peak of more than $75 per barrel ... Kelley Howell, a 38-year-old architect, got on her bicycle a little after 5 a.m. and rode 7.9 miles past shopping centers, housing developments and a nature preserve to a bus stop to complete her 24-mile commute to work. Compared with driving in her 2004 Mini Cooper, the 15.8-mile round trip

Forest Certification Programs in Plain English
February 1, 2006

Certification programs aim to slow global damage to forests and promote environmental responsibility. Here's a guide to help you choose which program is right for your environmental goals. Thirteen million hectares of forests are destroyed across the globe each year, the United Nations declared on Nov. 14, 2005. This number equates to well over 32 million acres—or an area roughly the size of Greece. In an effort to protect forests from irresponsible management, various groups have established certifications for evaluating forest management practices. The idea is that the certifications would indicate to purchasers of forest products which products come from forests that are managed

Greenpeace Praises "Potter" Publishers for Using Recycled Paper
August 1, 2005

Greenpeace International, an environmental awareness group, recently heaped praise upon the Canadian and German publishers of the "Harry Potter" series for using post-consumer-waste (PCW) recycled paper to publish "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Raincoast Books in British Columbia, in cooperation with the Markets Initiative, a coalition project between Greenpeace Canada, Friends of Clayoquot Sound and the Sierra Club, published the "Half-Blood Prince" using 100-percent PCW recycled paper, continuing a trend it set in 2003 when it published "Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix" on 100-percent PCW paper. German publisher Carlsen used 40-percent PCW recycled paper, while it requisitioned the 60-percent virgin fiber