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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 whole city…fight the heat island effect that is happening inside the city…absorb the greenhouse emissions generated by the city, and…connect all the existing forest masses that already exist around the city.”
The new green wall will help absorb both the city’s CO2 emissions and its heat, and temperatures in the shade of new trees will be two degrees cooler than the rest of the city. But Madrid isn’t stopping there, says Fuentes, “It’s not only about cars, but also a pedestrianization strategy, the creation of environmental corridors in every district… and most of all… to engage citizens in this new green culture.”
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 […]
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 […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Unprecedented wildfires should cause alarm everywhere, but the fires are burning up more than trees for some communities. They’re burning up a way of life. Each year, National Forests are closing earlier and earlier in the season, leaving communities that rely on tourism and the draw of nature high and dry. […]
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