Forests
Giant Sequoias Threatened by California Fires 

Giant Sequoias Threatened by California Fires 

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The giant sequoia trees in California’s Sequoia National Park are over 1,000 years old and could live another 2,000 years, but climate change-fueled fires are killing them. The trees can usually withstand the flames, but the intensity of recent fires has been overpowering. Last year’s Castle Fire killed up […]

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Amazonian Communities Urge International Action & Amazon.com Invests in Restoration

Amazonian Communities Urge International Action & Amazon.com Invests in Restoration

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As wildfires and deforestation grip the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous communities are urging world governments to pledge to protect 80% of the forest by 2025. The groups launched their campaign at a biodiversity conference in France, where experts from around the world are laying the groundwork for the UN’s delayed […]

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30% of Earth’s Tree Species Nearly Extinct

30% of Earth’s Tree Species Nearly Extinct

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   A new assessment found that at least 30% of the world’s 60,000 tree species are nearing extinction in the wild. The number of tree species threatened— 17,500— is twice that of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles combined.  Why this Matters: Trees are crucial to maintaining the earth’s ecosystems. Trees not […]

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Russia Climate Plan: Forests for the Trees

Russia Climate Plan: Forests for the Trees

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Over the next 30 years, Russia plans to increase its greenhouse gas emissions. That’s right: the country’s latest climate plan shows an 8.2% rise in carbon emissions from 2019 to 2050. The world’s fourth-largest polluter plans to rely on its extensive forests to meet climate targets by planting more trees and reducing wildfires. The plan […]

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One Cool Thing: Drones Reforest the World

One Cool Thing: Drones Reforest the World

As wildfires burn hotter and broader than ever before, scientists and startups are using new technology to build back the world’s forests. One Canada-based startup, Flash Forest, is using drones to revitalize environments and hopes that their tactics can be used across the globe. Using their drones, the project planted 300,000 specially formulated seed pods across Canada in just two months. […]

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Siberian Fires Now Larger Than All Others Combined

Siberian Fires Now Larger Than All Others Combined

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   According to NASA, the “airpocalypse” caused by Siberia’s record-breaking wildfires has reached the geographic North Pole for the first time in history. The region’s blazes are now larger than all others burning across the earth combined. Half of the current fires are burning so hot that firefighters are incapable of fighting them, and […]

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