Forests
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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One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

One Cool Thing: Mining Metal from Plants

A new practice is giving traditional mining a run for its money, and it’s environmentally sustainable. “Phytomining” is the practice of producing metal from plants, and farmers worldwide are bringing the method to the forefront of resource-gathering innovation. There are 700 “hyper-accumulating” plants in existence that suck metal out of the soil. When farmers harvest and incinerate the plants, they […]

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Scientists Uncover Hidden Old Growth Forest In NYC’s Famous Buildings

Scientists Uncover Hidden Old Growth Forest In NYC’s Famous Buildings

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports has uncovered one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. Researchers took a peek into the cracks of the iconic city’s foundations and found that wood from the region’s original old-growth forests can still be found in the walls and beams of many NYC […]

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One Cool Thing: Madrid Builds Green Fortress

One Cool Thing: Madrid Builds Green Fortress

Many European cities are known for their impressive walls, but Madrid is taking siege protection to the next level. The city has embarked on a project to build a 75-kilometer urban forest surrounding the city, planting one million new indigenous trees. Madrid’s councilor for the environment and urban development, Mariano Fuentes, says the project will “improve the air quality in the […]

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Parts of the Amazon Emit More Carbon Than They Absorb

Parts of the Amazon Emit More Carbon Than They Absorb

The Amazon River Basin is home to our planet’s largest rainforest: roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States and covers about 40% of the South American continent. While this vast forest has traditionally been a carbon sink, for years scientists have feared that the Amazon could turn into a carbon source instead. A […]

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Biden Reinstates Roadless Rule, Bans Logging in Tongass

Biden Reinstates Roadless Rule, Bans Logging in Tongass

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer It’s official: the Biden administration has announced it will end large-scale logging in the Tongass National Forest and restore the “roadless rule” that was previously rolled back under Trump. The administration says it will focus its efforts in the Tongass on forest restoration, recreation, and other non-commercial ventures. Officials are now celebrating the […]

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