GDP is poor indicator of well-being – conservation links for Oct 25, 2010

Disingenuity: The Worst of all Greenwashing Print Leadership
In a presentation at Graph Expo 2010, I spoke about how greenwashing tends to fall into three categories: intentional, accidental, and just plain asinine. Fully aware that it may be a subset of both the first and third of these categories, I’d like to posit one more– “disingenuous.” Of the four, this is the most insidious, the most reckless, and the most dangerous.

Wolves in sheep’s clothing: industrial lobbyists and the destruction of tropical forests Conservation Bytes
As of this morning, a group of distinguished scientists (which I have had the honour of being invited to join) has released an Open Letter to be published in various media outlets worldwide. The letter addresses some of our major concerns over the misinterpretation of facts, and openly misleading statements, by proponents of deforestation in the Asian tropical region. Professor Bill Laurance, an old favourite on, has led the charge and organised a most impressive and shocking list of assertions. I produce the letter below – I encourage all my readers to distribute it as far and wide as possible in the social media-verse.

Green Column: Calculating Commitment to the Climate New York Times
The amounts being pledged to help poor countries adapt to climate change are much lower than many experts say is necessary.

Biodiversity, dollars and social sense Guardian
GDP is too narrow a measure of national wealth. Environmental and social progress should be included too

Butterflies and moths mimic snakes and foxes to fool predators, claims researcher CBC
Butterflies and moths mascarade as snakes, toads and even mammals such as foxes to avoid being eaten by predators, according to research by a leading entomologist.

Elephant damage ‘good for frogs’ BBC News
Areas heavily damaged by elephants are home to more species of amphibians and reptiles than areas when the beasts are excluded, a study suggests.

Author: Mongabay

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