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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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U.S. Forest Carbon Data

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Examining the Viability of Planting Trees to Help Mitigate Climate Change

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The Secret Life of Trees

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A Gift to the Future: Tree Mountain by Agnes Denes

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BLM Moves to Allow Mining and Drilling on Lands Cut from Utah National Monument

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Climate Activists Urge Corporations To ‘Give A S**t’ About Amazon Deforestation

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Nature ‘one of most effective ways’ of combatting climate change

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NASA’s ECOSTRESS Detects Amazon Fires from Space

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The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

By Matt Simon  Photo by Dado Galdieri   08/23/19  
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Boreal Forest Fires Could Release Deep Soil Carbon

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How to Save a Rainforest: It’s All About Conflict Resolution

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Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours

By Sharif Paget and Helen Regan   07/30/19  
Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record.

Farming a Forest

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Under Brazil’s Far-Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall

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Canada’s forgotten rainforest

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07/26/19  
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07/24/19  
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Stop Building a Spaceship to Mars and Just Plant Some Damn Trees

By Jackie Flynn Mogensen  Photo by borchee/Getty   07/24/19  
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Exaggerating how much CO₂ can be absorbed by tree planting risks deterring crucial climate action

By Duncan McLaren   07/13/19  
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Planting a trillion trees could be the “most effective solution” to climate change, study says

By Sophie Lewis   07/08/19  
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Want to Fight Climate Change? Plant 1 Trillion Trees.

By Laura Geggel  Photo: Shutterstock   07/05/19  
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Stop Building a Spaceship to Mars and Just Plant Some Damn Trees

By Jackie Flynn Mogensen   07/04/19  
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Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis

07/04/19  
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