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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

05/19/21
Exemplary Forestry is a forest management approach created by New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) that prioritizes forests’ long-term health and outlines the highest standards of sustainability currently available to the region’s forest owners.

A platform for the trillion tree community

02/18/20
1t.org exists to connect, empower and mobilize a global reforestation community of millions, unleashing their potential to act at an unprecedented scale and speed, to ensure the conservation and restoration of one trillion trees within…

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#TEAMTREES

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Natural climate solutions

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

02/18/20
The prevention of deforestation and promotion of afforestation have often been cited as strategies to slow global warming. Deforestation releases CO2 to the atmosphere, which exerts a warming influence on Earth's climate. However, biophysical effects…

How Deforestation Affects Climate Change

02/12/20
The world loses more than 7,000 square meters of tree cover per second, according to the most recent year for which we have complete data.

Eden Reforestation Project

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Eden Reforestation projects reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year.

Amazon Watch

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Amazon Watch was founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability…

Global Forest Watch

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Planting Forests at Mid-Latitudes Could Help Cool Planet

By Elizabeth Waddington  Photo: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images   08/27/21  
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How nature-based infrastructure builds climate resiliency

By Susan Asam and others   08/25/21  
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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  
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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…

Planting Trees Sounds Like A Simple Climate Fix. It’s Anything But.

By Kyla Mandel   02/05/21  
A peat bog forms over thousands of years as plants decay into a dense, dark, soggy soil that traps their carbon content within. Peatlands are the world’s most efficient carbon sink, storing twice as much…

The Man Who Transformed the Desert Into a Forest by Planting Trees for 40 Years

By Andrei Tapalaga   02/05/21  
When talking about saving the environment, most people come with the comment of “how much difference will I make?” just showing the poor attitudes people have towards achieving something despite “the odds”. In this article,…

Former U.S. Climate Leaders Press Biden on Amazon Deforestation

By Lisa Friedman  Photo by Victor Moriyama   01/29/21  
During his presidential campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the United States should mobilize $20 billion to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and impose “significant economic consequences” if deforestation continued.

Scientists Say Tree Planting Initiatives Might Be Backfiring

By Jackie Badilla  Photo by Johannes Plenio   01/28/21  
On January 25, scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK, led by Dr. Alice Di Sacco and Dr. Kate Hardwick, published a paper proposing 10 golden rules for tree-planting and forest restoration.…
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The state of the climate in 2021

By Isabelle Gerretsen  Photo: Getty Images   01/10/21  
After the turbulent year of 2020, BBC Future takes stock on the state of the climate at the beginning of 2021.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Will Not Face Mass Oil Drilling—for Now Face Mass Oil Drilling—for Now

Rasha Aridi  Photo: Danielle Brigida/Flickr   01/08/21  
Large oil companies skipped out on the auction, but environmentalists say a worrisome precedent has been set

California’s Sequoias and Redwoods Can Survive Climate Change—If We Help Them

Alejandra Borunda  Photo: Frans Lanting/National Geographic   01/06/21  
The worst fire season yet pushed the iconic trees to their limits. "There’s a future for these trees,” an expert says. But it will require dealing with 100 plus years of fire and climate mismanagement.

Two GOP senators back tree planting as answer to climate change

By Dino Grandoni   12/09/20  
Planting more trees. This is officially the hot new solution to climate change that Republicans are rallying around.
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Brazil’s Amazon: Deforestation ‘surges to 12-year high’

By BBC   12/01/20  
Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has surged to its highest level since 2008, the country's space agency reports.

Rooftop Camera Will Track How Local Forests Change With the Climate

By Sarah Fecht   11/02/20  
A new rooftop camera at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will help researchers study how the local forest is responding to the weather, seasonal shifts, and the changing climate.

Michigan officials look to state forests as an offset for carbon emissions

By Tom Perkins   10/20/20  
Skeptics worry the plan will give polluters an inexpensive and imprecise option to meet future emission targets.

11th District candidates Davis, Cawthorn talk climate change, forest funding, Max Patch

By Karen Chávez  Photo by Angeli Wright   10/08/20  
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Energy dominance or climate action: Trump, Biden and the fate of public lands

By Paige Blankenbuehler  Photo: Andrew Miller/High Country News   10/01/20  
In Grand Junction, Colorado, the presidential election is a choice between two distinct energy futures.

Trump administration advances plan to cut protections for largest national forest

By Gabrielle Canon   09/24/20  
Plan to open Alaska’s Tongass national forest to logging faces backlash from environmental advocates, tribal nations and fishermen

Scientists Working to Understand Sinking Land in Charleston, South Carolina

By Jan Wesner Childs   09/23/20  
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Smith & Hayes: Climate change order should focus on sequestration

By Gregory Smith and Peter Hayes   09/02/20  
The governor's Executive Order 20-04 deserves to be celebrated for encouraging 19 state departments and agencies to adopt climate change mitigation and adaptation as criteria to consider when making decisions and allocating resources.

Pinpointing Tropical Forests with High Ecological ‘Quality’

By Aries Keck  Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech   08/25/20  
High-resolution NASA satellite data have made it possible for scientists to develop maps showing the "quality" of tropical forests. Previous maps only focused on the size of a forest. These maps show forest quality as…

Global Warming Could Unlock Carbon From Tropical Soil

By Gabriel Popkin   08/12/20  
Warming soils in the tropics could cause microbes to release carbon dioxide from storage. One scientist called the finding “another example of why we need to worry more.”

‘This land is all we have left’: tribes on edge over giant dam proposal near Grand Canyon

By Cody Nelson  Photo: Lisa Winters/Grand Canyon Trust   08/12/20  
Developers want to build a vast hydroelectric power facility that would flood sacred lands, threaten waterways and put habitats at risk

Save wildlife, save forests, and avoid pandemics

By Tim Radford   08/05/20  
Covid-19 emerged from the wilderness. That alone is reason to protect the forests, control trade in wildlife – and avoid pandemics. The post Save wildlife, save forests, and avoid pandemics appeared first on Climate News…

Physicists: 90% Chance of Human Society Collapsing Within Decades

By Jordan Davidson  Photo: Big Cheese Photo / Getty Images Plus   08/03/20  
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California, Washington and British Columbia Unite to Protect Forests From Wildfires

By Yale Climate Connections  Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC by 4.0   07/16/20  
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Amazon deforestation increases for 13th straight month in Brazil

By Rhett A. Butler   05/29/20  
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Rainforest Deforestation More Than Doubled Under Cover of Coronavirus

By Deutsche Welle  Photo: Charlie Rogers / Moment / Getty Images   05/23/20  
As the COVID-19 virus was spreading around the world, deforestation in the world's rainforests rose at an alarming rate, the German arm of the World Wildlife...