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Can planting a trillion new trees save the world?

By Zach St. George Photo: Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times

To fight climate change, companies and nonprofits have been promoting worldwide planting campaigns. Getting to a trillion is easier said than done.


Devouring the rainforest

By Terrence McCoy and Júlia Ledur Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News

Cattle ranching, responsible for the great majority of deforestation in the Amazon, is pushing the forest to the edge of what scientists warn could be a vast and irreversible dieback that claims much of the biome. Despite agreement that change is necessary to avert disaster, despite attempts at reform, despite the resources of Brazil’s federal government and powerful beef companies, the destruction continues.


Forests are reeling from climate change—but the future isn’t lost

By Craig Welch Photo: Jeff Frost

The first thing you notice in this fire-scarred forest is the color. Not long ago this square of land south of Yellowstone National Park was a monochrome of ash and burned pines. But last summer, shin-high seedlings and aspen shoots painted the ground an electric green. Purple fireweed and blood-red buffalo berries sprouted around blackened logs. Yellow arnicas danced in the breeze. Five years after 2016’s Berry fire chewed through 33 square miles of Wyoming, this slice of scorched earth was responding to fire as Rocky Mountain forests have for millennia: It had entered a season of rebirth.


Amazon is less able to recover from droughts and logging, study finds

By Henry Fountain Photo: Victor Moriyama for The New York Times

The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change.


A staggering amount of Amazon Rainforest disappeared last month

By Angely Mercado Photo: MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP (Getty Images)

The number of trees cut down in the Brazilian section of the Amazon rainforest in January was five times greater than the same period last year, according to satellite imagery data from Brazil’s space research agency, INPE.


Amazon deforestation: Record high destruction of trees in January

By Georgina Rannard Photo: Reuters

The number of trees cut down in the Brazilian Amazon in January far exceeded deforestation for the same month last year, according to government satellite data.


Q: What does taking trees down have to do with our consumption of meat?

A: Because the average person in the US eats 2,000 lbs. of beef every year and it takes up to 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Beef uses about 3/5 of the world’s agriculture land, both directly though pasture and indirectly through feed and forage. The increase in meat production has been responsible for 35% of the heat-trapping gases produced by deforestation. Much more at greener ideal