Forests
U.S., Britain, Norway Announce Coalition to Protect Tropical Forests

U.S., Britain, Norway Announce Coalition to Protect Tropical Forests

On the first day of President Biden’s Global Climate Summit, the United States, Britain, and Norway announced that they are teaming up with the world’s most influential companies to incentivize nations to protect tropical forests by mobilizing at least $1 billion this year for large-scale projects. 

Why This Matters: Tropical forests are one of the world’s largest carbon sinks and one of the most quickly deteriorating.

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Mexican President López Obrador to Propose Cooperative Immigration Plan During Climate Summit

Mexican President López Obrador to Propose Cooperative Immigration Plan During Climate Summit

As President Biden’s April 22 climate summit approaches, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has announced by video that he will propose a new migration agreement between the nations of North America this week. This proposal would ask Central American and Mexican emigrants to work planting trees and crops in Mexico for three years in exchange for a six-month U.S. work visa and eventually the right to apply for U.S. citizenship. 

Why This Matters: As global temperatures warm, there will be a surge of predominantly impoverished climate refugees and migrants to many countries including here.

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Deforestation Increased in 2020 Despite COVID-19

Deforestation Increased in 2020 Despite COVID-19


by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The world might have come to a standstill in 2020, but a global survey released Wednesday showed that tree loss continued full speed ahead. Over 100,000 square miles of tree cover, an area roughly the size of Colorado, was lost to wildfires, drought, logging, and insect infestation despite COVID-19 lockdowns across the […]

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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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