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LAND & DEFORESTATION

LAND & DEFORESTATION


LAND & DEFORESTATION

Land and oceans currently absorb 50% of the CO2 created by human activity. Trees and forests are a powerful force for climate mitigation.  As more forests are cleared for agriculture — mainly to grow soy, raise cattle, and produce palm oil — greenhouse gas emissions increase as a byproduct of nitrogen fertilizer and methane from cattle and sheep. Additionally, deforestation eliminates trees which are “breathing in” CO2 and “breathing out” moisture. Cattle ranching and soy bean farming in the Amazon, for example, account for 80% of deforestation there, and the raging fires during President Bolsonaro’s first year in office in 2019 are creating a climate, and a humanitarian, crisis.  

In the U.S., millions of acres of land have been opened to drilling and mining due to rollbacks by the Trump administration. A 2018 federal report found that about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US come from fossil fuel extraction on federal land.  A timeline of Trump’s anti-public lands crusade is documented at Outside

In June 2020, data from the University of Maryland suggests that we lost a football field of primary forest every six seconds in 2019, making our loss 2.8% higher than the year before.

In September 2020, a new danger was reported. As trees grow faster in warmer conditions, taking up and storing more carbon dioxide as they grow, they also die faster. This grew out of a report published in the journal Science in May 2020 that human felling of trees had cut forest area by 12% since 1900.

And, then there is permafrost…how climate change will affect it and how it will affect climate change...

 

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Reduction in Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)

11/01/21
Many stakeholders are concerned with the status of global forests and the effects of deforestation and forest degradation, for several reasons. Forests store the greatest amount of terrestrial carbon on Earth and play a significant…

U.S. Forest Carbon Data

08/25/21
The flux—or flow—of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is the dominant contributor to the observed warming trend in global temperatures.1Trees, however, store (sequester)CO2from the atmosphere, accruingsignificant stores of carbon over…

Exemplary Forestry

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Combined climate and carbon-cycle effects of large-scale deforestation

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How Deforestation Affects Climate Change

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How deforestation is pushing the Amazon toward a tipping point

By Terence McCoy  Photo: Raphael Alves , The Washington Post   04/29/22  
Every day, deforestation brings the Amazon closer to what scientists warn will be its death, when the loss of tree cover finally pushes it past the point of no return and the world loses its…

Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021

By John Muyskens, Naema Ahmed and Others  Photo: Salwan Georges / AP   04/28/22  
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...

Global forest loss kept rising in 2021

By Saul Elbein   04/28/22  
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…

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

By Daisy Dunne and Others   04/27/22  
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…

Investing in Trees With the Canopy Project

By Gemma Alexander   04/15/22  
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…

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

04/06/22  
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...

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

By Nina Lakhani  Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock   03/24/22  
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...

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

By Erin Blakemore   03/20/22  
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.

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

By Ben Adler  Photo: Jim Watson , Getty Images   02/17/22  
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…

IKEA buys land damaged by hurricane in Florida to plant forests

By Reuters/terray Sylvester  By Anna Ringstrom   01/26/22  
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.

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

By Georgina Gustin  Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images   01/13/22  
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…

Enlisting nature in the climate battle

By Thomas Dinwoodie and Peter Woods Ellis   01/13/22  
There is wide consensus that to address the climate challenge we must reduce CO2 emissions fast and furiously to zero. Yet, achieving zero emissions even by tomorrow would still leave us with the very significant…

This Is What It Will Take to End Deforestation by 2030

By Jocelyn Timperley   12/02/21  
THE WORLD HAS lost a third of its forest since the last ice age, and an estimated 15 percent of global greenhouse gases still come from deforestation and forest degradation.
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Brazil: Amazon sees worst deforestation levels in 15 years

By Katy Watson   11/19/21  
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has hit its highest level in over 15 years, official data shows. A report by Brazil's space research agency (Inpe) found that deforestation increased by 22% in a year. Brazil…

Brazil’s Amazon hit by worst deforestation since 2006

By Ellen Francis and Gabriela Sa Pessoa  Photo: Florian Plaucheur/Getty Images   11/19/21  
Satellite data revealed that deforestation rose by nearly 22 percent from the last period to reach its highest level in 15 years, the National Institute for Space Research found, in a country that is home…

If the world loves forests, it should put a price on their carbon

11/06/21  
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The Amazon is still burning. Can U.N. summit in Glasgow address such climate failures?

By Kate Linthicum, David Pierson  Photo: Luis Sinco   10/28/21  
By all measures, Giovane Garrido Mendonça should be a logger. His father and grandfather and great-grandfather all made their livings felling thick trees deep in the Brazilian Amazon. As a child, Mendonça often tagged along,…

Deforestation Dividends

Photo: Lalo De Almeida , Global Witness   10/22/21  
The destruction of the world’s rainforest fuels the global climate emergency and comes at a devastating cost for forest communities, who defend and depend on them. Through their backing of agribusiness, financial institutions have bankrolled…

What’s the Potential for Forests to Fight Climate Change?

10/21/21  
Forests absorb and store about 30% of all carbon emissions from the use of fossil fuels and industrial processes today. Both have driven exponential global development, but all the fossil fuels we burn for heat,…

Beyond coal: End to deforestation sought at COP26 climate summit

By Michael Taylor   10/08/21  
World leaders attending the COP26 U.N. climate summit should focus not only on abandoning fossil fuels but also on setting ambitious goals to end deforestation - and expand funding and rules to drive forest protection,…

Jane Goodall Joins Global Effort to Plant 1 Trillion Trees by 2030

By Michael d'Estries  Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images   09/30/21  
Calling it an opportunity for “people of all walks of life to participate in re-greening our planet,” Jane Goodall has launched a new tree-planting campaign called Trees for Jane. The famed conservationist and primatologist has…

The Loss of Trees Has Had Devastating Consequences. Here’s How We Can Still Create a Sustainable Planet

By Jane Goodall and Jeff Horowitz  Photo: GANT/Morten Bjarnhof   09/21/21  
Viewed from outer space, Earth is a remarkable, vibrant planet—blue waters, majestic mountains, vast areas of green forests. It’s an inspiring, stunning display of all the perfect elements to support the billions of diverse life-forms…

The risky climate bet of using forests to remove CO2

By Louise Guillot   09/02/21  
Growing worries about the speed and scale of climate change are prompting a look at technologies ranging from nuclear to sci-fi schemes like space mirrors. But there's one system that's been doing a pretty good…
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Invasive earthworms are remaking our forests, and climate scientists are worried

By Maya Lach-Aidelbaum  Photo: Cristina Sevilleja Gonzalez   08/29/21  
For the past 300 years, a slow-motion invasion has been unfolding under our feet. Year by year, a plethora of invasive earthworms have been quietly burrowing their way through our forests' leaf litter, grasslands and…

Planting Forests at Mid-Latitudes Could Help Cool Planet

By Elizabeth Waddington  Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images   08/27/21  
A new paper suggests that climate models underestimate the cooling effect of planting forests at mid-latitudes.1 Published August 9 in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the paper states that planting…
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How nature-based infrastructure builds climate resiliency

By Susan Asam and others   08/25/21  
Here's how to use nature-based solutions to build climate resiliency into infrastructure, and take advantage of anticipated new funding sources. In recognition of the worsening climate crisis, President Biden and Congress are negotiating a deal…

Drought and Climate Change Shift Tree Disease in Sierra Nevada

By Kat Kerlin  Photo: Joan Dudney/UC Davis   08/24/21  
Even pathogens have their limits. When it gets too hot or too dry, some pathogens — like many living things — search for cooler, wetter and more hospitable climes. Ecologists have questioned if a warming,…

Biden moves to protect the Tongass, North America’s largest rainforest, from logging and road building

By Beverly Law  Photo: Jack Olen   08/04/21  
Ask people to find the world’s rainforests on a globe, and most will probably point to South America. But North America has rainforests too – and like their tropical counterparts, these temperate rainforests are ecological…

NASA Study Finds Tropical Forests’ Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide Is Waning

Photo: Diego Perez   07/20/21  
Earth’s trees and plants pull vast amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere during photosynthesis, incorporating some of that carbon into structures like wood. Areas that absorb more carbon than they emit are called…

USDA Announces Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy, Initiates Action to Work with Tribes, Partners and Communities

07/15/21  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today a new Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy to help support a diverse economy, enhance community resilience, and conserve natural resources. Through this strategy, USDA will consult with Tribes…

Biden administration proposes sweeping protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

By Juliet Eilperin  Photo: Salwan Georges , The Washington Post   07/15/21  
The Biden administration announced sweeping protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest on Thursday, including an end to large-scale old-growth logging and a proposal to bar road development on more than 9 million acres.

Many cities want to plant trees. Why are some residents reluctant?

By YCC Team  Photo: Payton Chung   07/09/21  
To help limit climate change, the city of Pittsburgh intends to plant 100,000 new trees by 2030. The effort will focus on bringing more shade to low-income neighborhoods that lack green space. But some residents…

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rises for fourth straight month

By Jake Spring  Photo: Ueslei Marcelino   07/09/21  
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose for the fourth consecutive month in June, according to preliminary government data, amid concern that the destruction and a drought will fuel worsening forest fires in the dry season…

Florida’s Mangroves Aren’t Recovering After Hurricane Irma—Here’s What It Means for Coastal Communities

By Elizabeth Waddington  Photo: David Lagomasino   07/08/21  
In 2017, Hurricane Irma struck Florida and devastated the area. The category 5 hurricane caused serious damage to the region's mangrove forests. Now, a paper published in Nature Communications spotlights the impact on the forests…

What Technology Could Reduce Heat Deaths? Trees.

By Catrin Einhorn  Photo: Rachel Mummey , The New York Times   07/03/21  
It didn’t matter that the owners of the squat building alongside were planning to redevelop the property. The four eastern red cedars stood on city land, where they had grown for the better part of…

Why ‘tiny forests’ are popping up in big cities

By Elizabeth Hewitt   06/22/21  
It’s a warm June afternoon, and in a thicket of elm and willow trees, a magpie chatters. A beetle crawls over a leaf. The forest, next to an 18-story building and a train line, is…

This Dreamy Alaskan Rainforest is a Buffer Against Climate Change

Photo: Michael Penn   06/17/21  
Ever wonder what it feels like to hug an 800-year-old tree? Or see a glacier’s blue orbs of ice from the inside out? Or hear the shrill call of bald eagles, by the hundreds, soaring…

Our Response to Climate Change Is Missing Something Big, Scientists Say

By Catrin Einhorn  Photo: Jens Meyer, Associated Press   06/10/21  
Some environmental solutions are win-win, helping to rein in global warming and protecting biodiversity, too. But others address one crisis at the expense of the other.

Europe’s Burning Shame on Climate

By Matthias Schickhofer  Photo: Matthias Schickhofer   06/08/21  
This is both a bad news and a good news story on forests and climate. First the bad news: About 20 percent of the energy the EU counts and subsidises as “renewable” comes from logging…

Restore land the size of China to meet climate and nature goals, UN says

By Michael Ray Taylor   06/03/21  
The world needs to restore nature on land areas equivalent to the size of China by 2030 if it is to feed a fast-growing population, curb pollution, halt species loss and meet global goals to…

The central challenge for regenerative agriculture advocates: Not undermining the movement by ‘overselling’ its limited and targeted advantages

By Marc Brazeau  Photo: PepsiCo   05/18/21  
The term regenerative farming first popped up in the mainstream media in a 1987 New York Times article about what eventually would be widely referred to as ‘organic farming’. But there wasn’t an organic certification…

Regenerative agriculture: The movement dedicated to unseating intensive, ‘industrial farming’

By Marc Brazeau  Photo: Colourbox   05/17/21  
For the last century, each generation has produced an alternative approach to farming that is aimed at a central challenge of its time. Today regenerative agriculture has picked up that mantle with the promise to…
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Big Agriculture Is Leading to Ecological Collapse

By Matthew R. Sanderson  Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images   05/17/21  
Change is in the air. U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines announced climate change is “at the center of the country’s national security and foreign policy.” Business-as-usual is no longer a viable strategy as…

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon spiked in April despite conservation promises

By Joseph Guzman  Photo: Getty Images   05/07/21  
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon saw a sharp increase in April compared with the same month last year, according to The Associated Press. Preliminary data from Brazil’s national space research agency INPE released Friday shows…

U.S. Conservation and Restoration Plan a Blueprint for Nature

By Lynn Scarlett   05/06/21  
The White House today released its “America the Beautiful” initiative for a locally led and voluntary effort to reach the U.S. goal to conserve 30 percent of the country’s lands and waters by 2030. In…

Canadian Trade Group Opposes U.S. Anti-Deforestation Bills

By Anthony Swift   04/20/21  
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) claims that applying proposed anti-deforestation legislation in California and New York to the boreal forest would threaten its business model

The Amazon Rainforest Now Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than It Absorbs

By Alex Fox  Photo: Getty Images   03/26/21  
The Amazon rainforest may now emit more greenhouse gases than the famously lush ecosystem absorbs, according to new research. Long considered to be a bulwark against climate change because of its capacity to absorb carbon…

Clock is running on our reliance on vegetation as a steady ‘carbon sink’

By Kristen Pope   03/18/21  
Trees and other plants have been critical in helping to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. But newly published scientific findings suggest the clock may be running on vegetation’s forever continuing at the same…

Is this the end of forests as we’ve known them?

By Alastair Gee   03/10/21  
Camille Stevens-Rumann never used to worry about seeing dead trees. As a wildland firefighter in the American west, she encountered untold numbers killed in blazes she helped to extinguish. She knew fires are integral to…

Illegal deforestation is ravaging the planet and driving emissions up

By Cara Korte   03/03/21  
The U.S. relies heavily on imported agriculture commodities. Nearly half of all the processed items Americans buy in grocery stores contain palm oil from around the world. America is the leading importer of raw rubber…