In 2006, California passed a groundbreaking law that required statewide emissions to be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020 with the state’s cap-and-trade system being one of the primary policies implemented to achieve this target. Part of California’s cap-and-trade programs allows polluters to buy carbon offsets from California Air Resources Board (CARB)-approved forestry projects to […]Continue Reading 582 words
We know, usually, our Heroes of the Week are humans but hear us out: trees are serious climate heroes.
Our hero this week is the Stagg Tree which is a giant sequoia tree located in California’s 530-acre Alder Creek forest–and it needs your help! Last month Save the Redwoods League announced an opportunity to purchase Alder Creek, the largest remaining privately owned giant sequoia property in the world.Continue Reading 275 words
Working to prevent wildfires in California has come with its own set of challenges. This year, California’s largest utility, PG&E, announced that it will cut off power on high-wind days to prevent sparks from turning into fires, which is a good safety precaution but has also proved cumbersome for residents and businesses. However, a newly-developed spray-on sticky gel might soon provide long-term protection against wildfires–something that other flame retardants haven’t been able to do effectively.Why This Matters: In California, about 70% of wildfires break out near known ignition hazards, such as roads which means that scientists and officials have a decent idea of the zones that can be blanket sprayed with flame retardants.
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The Amazon Rainforest is still on fire. This fact comes as Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time and told the world (as the New Yorker reported) that the forest was “practically untouched,” and blamed a “lying and sensationalist media” for propagating fake news about their destruction. […]Continue Reading 331 words
Twenty years ago, President Clinton put a large area of pristine Alaskan rain forest off-limits to logging, but President Trump is now apparently set to open parts of the 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest up again, according to The Washington Post. The President spoke to Alaska’s Governor and then directed the Secretary of Agriculture, who manages national forest lands, to lift the restrictions on road building, which in effect banned logging and other development there.Continue Reading 419 words
Labor Day marks the end up summer and it’s not too soon to start thinking about your autumn leaf-peeping adventures. SmokyMountains.com recently released its annual interactive fall foliage forecast map, predicting when and where leaves are going to be at their prime. As Thrillist explained, at the moment, these are the best projections available based on […]Continue Reading 88 words
After threats of trade retaliation from the EU, ridicule at the G7, and even pressure from the Pope, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made the unexpected move of deploying troops to help fight the devastating fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. As CNN explained, “Brazil’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the country has […]Continue Reading 487 words
U.S. forests are under threat, and not just from logging or drought but from invasive insects and fungi that could kill 40% of all domestic forests. As the Guardian explained, “About 450 overseas pests that damage or feed on trees have been introduced to US forests due to the growth in international trade and travel. […]Continue Reading 342 words
We think he doesn’t look a day over 65! On Friday, the lead character in the longest-running public service campaign, Smokey The Bear, turned seventy-five. His message has always been simple and highly effective — reminding Americans that “Only you can prevent wildfires,” When Smokey first took to the airwaves, the overwhelming majority of U.S. […]Continue Reading 156 words
Wildfires raging across Siberia this year have reached historic levels — It is estimated that the fires released 300 megatonnes of carbon dioxide in July, the most since satellite records began around two decades ago. In response, the government declared a state of emergency for five regions of Siberia — with the “acrid smoke” impacting both small settlements and “major cities in Western Siberia and the Altai region as well as the Urals such as Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg,” and even disrupting air travel.Continue Reading 475 words
On Monday, Ethiopians around the nation planted trees — and not just a few — the citizens of the second-largest African nation planted 353 million trees in just 12 hours as part of the “Green Legacy” initiative led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.Continue Reading 494 words
We wrote last week that trees and forests have an important role to play in fighting climate change and their importance was only underscored by the recent heatwave that much of the east coast experienced. Tree cover can cool cities by as much as 10°F but in the United States, we’ve been losing a significant […]Continue Reading 372 words