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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+)

11/01/21
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U.S. Forest Carbon Data

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Exemplary Forestry

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A platform for the trillion tree community

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Eden Reforestation Project

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Amazon Watch

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Global Forest Watch

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Deforestation and Forest Degradation

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Can planting billions of trees save the planet?

By Patrick Barkham   06/19/19  
Organisations from around the world are reforesting at an unprecedented rate.

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By Jonah Busch et al.   05/27/19  
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The simple, yet elusive, key to fighting the climate crisis

By Sarah Sax  Photo credit Pixabay   05/07/19  
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Chronicles of the rings: What trees tell us

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Return of GEDI’s First Data Reveals the Third Dimension of Forests

04/17/19  
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Forests scramble to absorb carbon as emissions continue to increase

By Genevieve Belmaker  Photo by Rhett A. Butler   03/21/19  
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Indigenous rights: the pathway to a livable planet

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Tree Rings Reveal Climate Secrets of the Forest

By Marlene Cimons  Photo: Pixabay   03/20/19  
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Human land use is going to threaten 1,700 species with extinction in the next half century

By Adele Peters   03/04/19  
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To Save Our Planet: Protect 30% of Land, Oceans by 2030

By Andrew Wetzler   01/31/19  
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Norway Is The First Country In The World To Ban Deforestation

BY Koti Neelis   01/28/19  
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President’s executive order might open national parks to logging

By Lloyd Alter  Photo: Terray Sylvester/Getty Images   01/07/19  
Apologies to the President of the United States for posting this in the Climate Change category; he doesn't believe his own scientists about it, and certainly doesn't believe that it caused all the forest fires…

This island was on the brink of disaster. Then, they planted thousands of trees.

By Sarah Gibbens   12/19/18  
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Nature matters in fighting climate change

By Cara Byington   12/16/18  
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The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Isn’t a Technology

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To share or not to share?

By Paola Rosa-Aquino  Photo: Amelia Bates/Getty   11/21/18  
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Your Children’s Yellowstone Will Be Radically Different

By Margaret Holloway and Josh Haner   11/15/18  
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Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say

By Brad Plumer   11/14/18  
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Americans voted overwhelmingly to protect wild places

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The results from Tuesday's elections prove that the majority of people in this country revere our public lands. Politicians, listen up....

Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions

By Oliver Milman   10/04/18  
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Tropical Forests Are Flipping From Storing Carbon to Releasing It

By Sam Eaton   08/30/18  
Last October, Science published one of the most important—and least noticed—climate studies in years. Tropical forests in the Amazon and around the world have been so degraded by logging, burning, and agriculture that they have…

Rising temperatures are causing soil to breathe out more carbon dioxide into the air

By Marlene Cimons   08/13/18  
Nature is breathing. Trees inhale carbon dioxide and store that carbon in their leaves and branches. After they die, microbes in the soil gobble up their carbon-rich leftovers and exhale carbon dioxide back into the…

Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon

By Anne Barnard and Josh Haner   07/18/18  
Now, after centuries of human depredation, the cedars of Lebanon face perhaps their most dangerous threat: Climate change could wipe out most of the country’s remaining cedar forests by the end of the century.

Grasslands More Reliable Carbon Sink than Trees

By Kat Kerlin  Photo by Joe Proudman   07/09/18  
Increased drought and wildfire risk make grasslands more reliable carbon sinks than trees. Grasslands should be given opportunities in state’s cap-and-trade market as long-term investment

Burger King Linked to a Whopping Million-Plus Acres of Deforestation

By Joanna Nix   03/20/17  
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Forests to provide a quarter of Paris Agreement’s pledged mitigation

By Dr Jo House and Dr Giacomo Grassi   02/27/17  
The Paris Agreement on climate change set new targets for the world. Notably, it called for warming to be limited to “well below” 2C and for carbon neutrality (“net zero”) by the second half of…