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President Trump plants a tree on Earth Day 2020 Photo: Department of Interior
Back in January, President Trump said the U.S. would join the World Economic Forum’s “Trillion Trees” Initiative — but in the 9 months since then we have heard little of it. Today, the President signed an Executive Order saying that “given the expansive footprint of our Federal forests and woodlands, this order initiates the formation of the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council to further the Federal Government’s contribution to the global effort.” Yes, just what the trees need — an interagency council that will undoubtedly use lots of paper to further tree planting. President Roosevelt as part of the New Deal created the Civilian Conservation Corps that actually DID plant 220 million trees in the midwestern U.S. between 1933-42 in what was called “The Great Wall of Trees.” It truly was a “green” New Deal.
by Ashira Morris From fishery management to forest protection, the environmentalist vs. industry frame is often a roadblock to sustainable practices. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In Canada, environmentalists, logging companies, and First Nations people came together to create a management plan for the Great Bear Rainforest. This stretch of the British […]
If you’ve ever noticed that there’s something off about the timing and duration of fall foliage where you live–you’re not imagining things! As with many ecological processes, human activity is shifting the arrival of our seasons through what’s described as “season creep.“ As the Washington Post wrote this past weekend: “Human activities transform not just […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study published in Nature Communications, found that the Amazon rainforest is nearing the tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah much faster than previously thought. New forecasts show that the Amazon may not have enough rain to sustain itself by 2021. Logging, wildfires, and drought have […]
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