Forests
In Sweden, Ancient Forests Replaced by Monoculture 

In Sweden, Ancient Forests Replaced by Monoculture 

Tree planting seems like a straightforward, positive climate solution: plant trees to soak up carbon, green urban spaces, reduce heat. However, in Sweden, nearly a fifth of the country’s ancient growth forests have been cut down since 2000 as part of the country’s timber products sector. 

Why This Matters: The Swedish forestry model causes many of the same harms as deforestation even with no tree replacement.

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Due To Extended Drought, This Year’s Fire Season Could Be Worse Than Last

Due To Extended Drought, This Year’s Fire Season Could Be Worse Than Last

Last year’s wildfire season was exceptionally bad — more than 4.2 million acres burned in California alone in 2020. Experts suspect that this year could also bring severe wildfires, given that 40% of the West is being classified as being in “extreme” to “exceptional” drought. 

Why this Matters:  The West has had seasons of drought throughout its history, but with climate change and a boom in population growth, an increase in water demand could make the West even drier as we confront the reality of climate change.

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Wisconsin Governor Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Burn

Wisconsin Governor Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Burn

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Monday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to rampant wildfires consuming 1,400 acres of land in just the first three months of 2021. As historic (and maybe permanent) droughts move further east, Wisconsin finds itself in a perilous situation. Nearly the entire state is at a […]

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Tackling Climate Change Begins With Investing in Our Forests

Tackling Climate Change Begins With Investing in Our Forests


by Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund  Climate change threatens every life support system we rely on—food, water, and biodiversity. The things that keep us alive are at risk, which means we are at risk. We recognize that climate change is the most pressing global challenge we have ever faced, and we must […]

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California’s Kelp Forests in Climate Peril

California’s Kelp Forests in Climate Peril

Kelp forests are some of California’s most iconic ecosystems and a new satellite study show they’re almost gone. As the Ocean Conservancy explained, kelp forests are the anchor of nearshore ocean wildlife communities, sustaining marine biodiversity by providing shelter, habitat, and even food for an array of fish and invertebrates. They’re also important to coastal […]

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Bankrolling Deforestation

Bankrolling Deforestation

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Even as big banks divest from industries like fossil fuels, mining, and logging in regions across the globe, they’re continuing to invest in one of the biggest drivers of global climate change: food and farming corporations. Unsustainable and privatized agriculture and food production is responsible for approximately 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions, […]

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