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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. As deforestation has taken its toll, the Amazon has moved from carbon sink to a source of CO2, emitting more than it is able to absorb.

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+)

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Europe Is Sacrificing Its Ancient Forests for Energy

By Sarah Hurtes and Others  Photo: Andreea Campeanu   09/07/22  
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By Meg Chatham   09/02/22  
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A FAILURE OF ENFORCEMENT

By Terrence McCoy   08/30/22  
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Towns May Grow Millions More Trees with $1.5B for Urban Forestry

By Alex Brown  Photo: Don Campbell, The Associated Press   08/25/22  
Last year, legislators in Washington state passed a law to bolster the urban forestry work of the Department of Natural Resources. The agency’s urban and community forestry program, which had just two staffers in 2020,…

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By Carole King  Photo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket   08/25/22  
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Climate change may push North America’s forests to a “tipping point”

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Forestry

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By Alastair Marsh  Photo: Florian Plaucheur   06/29/22  
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A timber sale in Oregon tests Biden’s pledge to protect older trees

By Anna Phillips  Photo: Andy Nelson , AP   06/15/22  
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By Diana Leonard  Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez , AP   06/14/22  
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Palm oil industry seeks delay to deforestation law

By Zach Boren  Photo: Ulet Ifansasti , Greenpeace   05/24/22  
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Global Anti-Deforestation Efforts Aren’t Enough to Tackle Forest Loss

By Olivia Rosane  Photo: LeoF Freitas , Getty Images   05/16/22  
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By Elizabeth Miller  Photo: Leslie Edgar/New Mexico State University   05/12/22  
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By Robert Muggah and Mac Margolis  Photo: Andre Penner , AP   05/09/22  
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By Jake Spring  Photo: Nacho Doce , Reuters   05/07/22  
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Photo: Eden Weingart   05/06/22  
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New Reports Show Forests Need Far More Funding to Help the Climate, and Even Then, They Can’t Do It All

By Georgina Gustin  Photo: Raul Arboleda , Getty Images   05/04/22  
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Devouring the rainforest

By Terrence McCoy and Júlia Ledur  Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News   04/29/22  
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…

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  
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Investing in Trees With the Canopy Project

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

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

By Nina Lakhani  Photo: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock   03/24/22  
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U.S. cities will lose over 1.4 million street trees to insects by 2050

By Erin Blakemore   03/20/22  
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Environmentalists call on Biden to fight climate change by protecting old-growth trees

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