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The World Resources Institute reported this week that nearly 30 million acres of forest were destroyed globally in 2019, an increase of 3% over 2018, with the heaviest losses in the tropics. How much forest is that? It’s a football field every 6 seconds. Brazil led the world (by a huge margin) due to the major fires in the Amazon. And because of the particularly warm spring in the Arctic, scientists are now seeing “zombie” fires across the region which are remnants of the record blazes that occurred there last year.
Why This Matters: Our best natural defense against climate change is holding on to mature forests — and it is also one of the key ways to defend against pandemics. Deforestation is literally killing us and the planet. Humans are the main culprits of tree loss — according to the report, deforestation for commercial purposes, such as timber, farming, and mining was a greater source of the decline than climate-related fires. And in the Arctic, firest are literally popping up again from within the soil where they had been hibernating — which does not bode well for this summer.
The World Resources Report also expresses concern about forest loss in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic due to a lack of enforcement of rules against deforestation and a higher incidence of illegal logging and fires. In addition, due to the global economic downturn, some countries may attempt to re-start their economies with extractive industries, as was the case in Indonesia during the Asian Financial Crisis. 2019’s forest loss number was the third highest in the last 20 years. If the trees had remained standing, it would have been the equivalent of taking 400 million cars off the road.
by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Climate change is already causing flooding and heatwaves worldwide. Thankfully, one Dutch city has a plan to tackle it. Arnhem, the capital city of the province Gelderland, recently made a 10-year plan to re-landscape the city in order to deal with the impacts of climate change. As part of […]
A recent study published in Science found that a significant percentage of beef and soy exported from Brazil to the EU is connected with illegal deforestation.As YaleE360 reported that “as much as 22 percent of soy and 60 percent of beef…back to illegal tree felling and fires in the Amazon and Cerrado regions.”
Why This Matters: The study’s lead author Raoni Rajão said, “Until now, agribusiness and the Brazilian government have claimed that they cannot monitor the entire supply chain, nor distinguish the legal from the illegal deforestation.” This new study undercuts that idea, showing that Brazil can (and must) monitor agribusiness’ connections to illegal deforestation.
As the World Economic Forum recently wrote, miniature urban forests (often no bigger than a tennis court) planted using a method invented by a Japanese botanist in the 1970s are growing in popularity. Known as “Miyawaki” forests, these dense groups of trees are bursting with biodiversity and grow more quickly and absorb more CO2 than […]
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