Forests
“Season Creep” is Affecting Fall Folliage

“Season Creep” is Affecting Fall Folliage

If you’ve ever noticed that there’s something off about the timing and duration of fall foliage where you live–you’re not imagining things! As with many ecological processes, human activity is shifting the arrival of our seasons through what’s described as “season creep.“ As the Washington Post wrote this past weekend: “Human activities transform not just […]

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One Greenwashing Thing: President Trump’s Hollow Tree Promise

One Greenwashing Thing: President Trump’s Hollow Tree Promise

Back in January, President Trump said the U.S. would join the World Economic Forum’s “Trillion Trees” Initiative — but in the 9 months since then we have heard little of it.  Today, the President  signed an Executive Order saying that “given the expansive footprint of our Federal forests and woodlands, this order initiates the formation […]

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Amazon Nearing Tipping Point, Could Switch from Rainforest to Savannah

Amazon Nearing Tipping Point, Could Switch from Rainforest to Savannah

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  A new study published in Nature Communications, found that the Amazon rainforest is nearing the tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah much faster than previously thought. New forecasts show that the Amazon may not have enough rain to sustain itself by 2021.  Logging, wildfires, and drought have […]

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Trump To Reopen Largest National Forest to Development, Rejecting Environmental and Cultural Importance

Trump To Reopen Largest National Forest to Development, Rejecting Environmental and Cultural Importance

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Friday, just one day before National Public Lands Day, the Trump administration moved to expand development in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States as well as the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. About 55% of the forest is currently protected […]

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What’s to Blame for CA Fires, Forest Management or Climate Change?

What’s to Blame for CA Fires, Forest Management or Climate Change?

As wildfires across the West continue to rage, President Trump has continued to push the message that the cause of the fires is solely due to poor forest management. It’s not a new message for Republicans, but science unequivocally points to the ways in which climate change is supercharging wildfires. Ezra Romero, an environmental reporter […]

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Deforestation in Afghanistan Multiplies Climate and Security Threats

Deforestation in Afghanistan Multiplies Climate and Security Threats

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer As Stefanie Glinski reported for the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week, large-scale deforestation in Afghanistan, due primarily to the past 40 years of war, has advanced flooding in the country (as trees prevent soil erosion and serve as a buffer against flooding). According to Glinski, “Trees have long been […]

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