Forests
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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Deforestation Claims 160k Square Miles from 2004-17, WWF Report Reveals

Deforestation Claims 160k Square Miles from 2004-17, WWF Report Reveals

Humans need forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. These ecosystems also provide livelihoods for people, offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion, and mitigate climate change. Unfortunately, a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) titled “Deforestation Fronts: Drivers and Responses in a Changing World” reveals that more […]

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Bolsonaro’s Military Strategy Fails to Protect Amazon from Deforestation

Bolsonaro’s Military Strategy Fails to Protect Amazon from Deforestation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s most recent effort to reduce the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has failed, The Washington Post reports. Bolsonaro’s plan to deploy military troops and take illegal mining operations by surprise ultimately failed when miners got wind of it. 

Why This Matters: The health of the Amazon rainforest is crucial in the fight against climate change.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: The World On Fire

Top Ten Stories of 2020: The World On Fire

This year will be remembered for literally turning the sky red — wildfires in California were so severe that they cast a red pall across large areas of the state — and the photos were the most vivid sign yet that climate change is not some future apocalypse, but is already upon us.

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The Forest Loses its Trees

The Forest Loses its Trees

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer California’s iconic giant sequoias, Joshua trees, and coast redwoods had resiliently survived centuries, weathering fires and droughts. They are among the oldest living things on earth. But this year’s massive wildfires, fueled by the climate crisis, burned four million acres of California and many of its majestic trees. About […]

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