Forests
Climate, Biodiversity Loss, and Pollution Must Be Solved As One, Says UN

Climate, Biodiversity Loss, and Pollution Must Be Solved As One, Says UN

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A new United Nations blueprint frames taking on the interlocking climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and pollution as a peacemaking endeavor. The “Making Peace with Nature” report emphasizes that the three must be solved together and require reframing what’s economically valued. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted at a press […]

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Colombia Maps Potential for Sustainable Cocoa Industry

Colombia Maps Potential for Sustainable Cocoa Industry

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though Colombia is known for its coffee, the World Bank and its private sector-focused arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), have been working with the Colombian government to develop sustainable cocoa farming in the Orinoquía region. This project could support rural farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent deforestation, and […]

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New Study Finds Trees Absorbing More Carbon than Previously Thought

New Study Finds Trees Absorbing More Carbon than Previously Thought

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that, contrary to the expectations of the scientific community, trees are expertly adapting to increased carbon in the atmosphere and absorbing even more carbon while increasing their water use efficiency. However, while these findings reinforce the importance of forests as carbon sinks, many forests are plagued […]

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One Cool Thing: Redwoods In California Beginning To Come Back After Fire

One Cool Thing: Redwoods In California Beginning To Come Back After Fire

A professor at San Jose State University sparked a wave of optimism when late last fall he posted photos of redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Basin Redwoods State Park beginning to show new growth just three months after fires devastated the area.  The scientist, Dustin Mulvaney, snapped photos of the trees’ […]

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Biden Asked to Protect the Amazon

Biden Asked to Protect the Amazon

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019. Last year, an area the size of Connecticut was destroyed in the world’s largest rainforest. President Biden now has the opportunity to make good on his campaign promise to dedicate $20 billion to […]

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Three European Banks Divest from Oil in Ecuadorian Amazon

Three European Banks Divest from Oil in Ecuadorian Amazon

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Following a 2020 report exposing six European banks as major financiers of oil extraction in the Amazon Rainforest, three of those banks, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, and ING, are now pledging to divest from oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.  The three banks account for $5.5 billion in […]

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