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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Google Unveils 37 Year Time-lapse of Earth’s Surface, Reveals Melting Glaciers, Deforestation

Google Unveils 37 Year Time-lapse of Earth’s Surface, Reveals Melting Glaciers, Deforestation

In time for Earth Day, last week Google unveiled Google Earth Timelapse, allowing users to see zoomable videos documenting how the Earth has changed since 1984. Through the eyes of a satellite, users can view sobering and sometimes alarming trends of deforestation, sea-level rise, dried up seas, and urban sprawl. 

Why This Matters: The world is fast approaching its deadline to stop global temperature rise and prevent total climate catastrophe, but in the U.S., the world’s second-largest emissions producer, some politicians are still fighting the climate efforts to control emissions.

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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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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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Verra Adopts Stronger Carbon Offset Standards For Forest Projects click button

Verra Adopts Stronger Carbon Offset Standards For Forest Projects

Verra, a non-profit that sets the standards used to assess carbon reduction projects and certifies their effectiveness, announced that it has strengthened its forest preservation and restoration standard, updating it based on its ten years of experience in evaluating projects and on the latest science.  

Why this Matters:  We cannot hold warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius without nature-based solutions such as preserving existing forests and restoring others

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Biden Asked to Protect the Amazon

Biden Asked to Protect the Amazon

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has accelerated since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019. Last year, an area the size of Connecticut was destroyed in the world’s largest rainforest. President Biden now has the opportunity to make good on his campaign promise to dedicate $20 billion to […]

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