Without Carbon Sinks, Earth Would Have Already Warmed Over 1.5 Degrees

Without Carbon Sinks, Earth Would Have Already Warmed Over 1.5 Degrees

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that without the world’s complex ecosystems and wildlife, human activity would have already pushed the global average temperature past 1.5 degrees Celsius. Findings from scientists working with Conservation International (CI) spotlight the role forests, oceans, and more […]

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Russia Climate Plan: Forests for the Trees

Russia Climate Plan: Forests for the Trees

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Over the next 30 years, Russia plans to increase its greenhouse gas emissions. That’s right: the country’s latest climate plan shows an 8.2% rise in carbon emissions from 2019 to 2050. The world’s fourth-largest polluter plans to rely on its extensive forests to meet climate targets by planting more trees and reducing wildfires. The plan […]

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Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

Wildfires Sweep Western U.S. as Unprecedented Heat Waves Continue

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Wildfires are raging across the Western United States as the summer’s third major heatwave begins sweeping the region. Many of these fires have been burning since early June and are now snowballing, some even doubling in size in a matter of days. Officials say that firefighting teams are competing for resources, and although […]

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Scientists Find New Way to Help California’s Forests Survive Wildfires

Scientists Find New Way to Help California’s Forests Survive Wildfires

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As wildfires have become increasingly common across the West, there’s been a growing emphasis on forest management as a means of preventing and mitigating the effects of blazes. Emerging science suggests that a new way of replanting forests could protect areas from fires — rather than planting trees individually, […]

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Biden Administration Moves to Restore Tongass Roadless Rule

Biden Administration Moves to Restore Tongass Roadless Rule

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Biden administration has announced that it will “replace or repeal” a Trump rollback of the Clinton-Era “roadless rule” in the Tongass National Forest. The roadless rule protected 9.4 million acres of the forest, prohibiting road construction and timber harvesting. The Trump administration rolled back the rule in October 2020 to ease […]

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WWF’s Forests Forward Campaign Helps Businesses Meet Sustainability Goals

WWF’s Forests Forward Campaign Helps Businesses Meet Sustainability Goals

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Every day, the world loses an area of tree cover about the size of New York City from deforestation. World Wildlife Fund’s new Forests Forward campaign partners with companies to help improve forest management and trade. Companies like Kimberly-Clark and Lowe’s have already signed on, committing to the program’s […]

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