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Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021

By John Muyskens, Naema Ahmed and Others Photo: Salwan Georges / AP

Unprecedented wildfires raged across Russia in 2021, burning vast swaths of forest, sending smoke as far as the North Pole and unleashing astounding amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere…

04/28/22
                                                               

Global forest loss kept rising in 2021

By Saul Elbein

Wildfires and global commodities industries wiped out 11 million hectares of forest cover in 2021 — approximately the area of the state of Tennessee or the nation of Denmark, according to a study published on Thursday by Global Forest Watch.

04/28/22
                                                               

UN land report: Five key takeaways for climate change, food systems and nature loss

By Daisy Dunne and Others

It says that human activities have already altered 70% of the Earth’s land surface, degrading up to 40% of it. Four of the nine “planetary boundaries” – limits on how humans can safely use Earth’s resources – have already been exceeded.

04/27/22
                                                               

Investing in Trees With the Canopy Project

By Gemma Alexander

Tree planting is often dismissed as a “nice to have” but ultimately insignificant part of environmentalism. Like littering, many people think of it as the kind of minor environmental issue that doesn’t deserve the same attention as big topics like climate change. But forests act as carbon sinks; trees are among our strongest assets in reversing climate change.

04/15/22
                                                               

DNR Launches First-in-the-Nation Carbon Project, Protecting Forests and Creating Over a Million Carbon Offset Credits

Project will preserve 10,000 acres of Western Washington’s most ecologically valuable forests; generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools and counties throughout the state…

04/06/22
                                                               

The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds

By Nina Lakhani Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research…

03/24/22
                                                               

U.S. cities will lose over 1.4 million street trees to insects by 2050

By Erin Blakemore

An international group of researchers warns that by 2050, 1.4 million street trees will die because of the infestations, wiping out beloved species such as the ash.

03/20/22
                                                               

Environmentalists call on Biden to fight climate change by protecting old-growth trees

By Ben Adler Photo: Jim Watson , Getty Images

A coalition of more than 70 environmental groups launched a joint campaign on Tuesday calling on President Biden to protect old-growth trees on federal lands from logging as a means of fighting climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas that causes global warming, and older trees store more carbon than new ones because they are larger.

02/17/22
                                                               

IKEA buys land damaged by hurricane in Florida to plant forests

By Reuters/terray Sylvester By Anna Ringstrom

Ingka Group, the owner of most IKEA furniture stores worldwide, has bought more land in the United States as part of a long-term commitment to responsible forest management, it said on Thursday.

01/26/22
                                                               

Most Agribusinesses and Banks Involved With ‘Forest Risk’ Commodities Are Falling Down on Deforestation

By Georgina Gustin Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Many of the world’s biggest banks, financial institutions and companies are not doing enough to stop deforestation, and in many cases are continuing to bankroll forest destruction, undermining efforts to stop a major driver of global carbon emissions, a new report has found.

01/13/22