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According to the American Automobile Association, most people prefer to see the fall colors by taking a road trip by car. But as Mother Jones points out, there are lots of low-carbon alternatives. For example, in New York City there are trains to the upstate New York trail that only take an hour and a half from Grand Central Station. There are plenty of options in New York City too, which manages some 30,000 acres of public parks filled with historic sites and walkable and bike-friendly paths, as well as lot of trees — Central Park boasts 18,000 trees. And out west, Amtrak’s California Zephyr from San Francisco to Denver cuts through Tahoe National Forest in Utah and several other parks in Colorado. For more options and ideas on how to enjoy fall and keep your carbon footprint small, click here.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The giant sequoia trees in California’s Sequoia National Park are over 1,000 years old and could live another 2,000 years, but climate change-fueled fires are killing them. The trees can usually withstand the flames, but the intensity of recent fires has been overpowering. Last year’s Castle Fire killed up […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As wildfires and deforestation grip the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous communities are urging world governments to pledge to protect 80% of the forest by 2025. The groups launched their campaign at a biodiversity conference in France, where experts from around the world are laying the groundwork for the UN’s delayed […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new assessment found that at least 30% of the world’s 60,000 tree species are nearing extinction in the wild. The number of tree species threatened— 17,500— is twice that of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles combined. Why this Matters: Trees are crucial to maintaining the earth’s ecosystems. Trees not […]
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