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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The UK Launches Revolutionary Carbon Sequestration Trials

The UK Launches Revolutionary Carbon Sequestration Trials

To meet the goals of the Paris agreement, experts say the world must invest in removing carbon from the atmosphere in addition to cutting emissions. But that can be a tall task as crucial carbon sinks fall victim to human activity and rising temperatures. The U.K. is facing this challenge head-on and has launched a series of carbon sequestration trials using trees, peat, rock chips, and charcoal.

Why This Matters: Carbon sinks are declining worldwide. 

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Green Groups Urge Biden Administration to Protect Old Growth Forests

Green Groups Urge Biden Administration to Protect Old Growth Forests

Environmentalists are urging President Biden to prioritize old-growth forests in his plans to protect 30% of all lands and waters by 2030. Following the Trump administration’s attacks on the Tongass National Forest and a devastating wildfire season in California’s old-growth Sequoia forests, advocates say that restoring and improving protections for these massive carbon sinks is crucial to fighting climate change. Meanwhile, tree-planting […]

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