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Climate lifeline: We’ve got to STOP Amazon deforestation (which has spiked under Bolsonaro)

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest hit a horrific 27,800 square kilometers in 2003. But from there it fell to 4,600 square kilometers by 2012, with ups and downs over the next six years, but never again rising above 7,900 squre kilometers. Then in 2019—not coincidentally, the year the reactionary nationalist Jair Bolsonaro took over as Brazil’s president—the denuding of the Amazon […]

July 31st

California’s devastating wildfires show the need for bipartisan Save Our Sequoias Act

In recent weeks, California’s majestic sequoia trees have been under threat from active wildfires. The Washburn Fire, which burned more than 4,800 acres, prompted evacuations of nearby communities and a partial closure of Yosemite National Park to protect trees that are thousands of years old. By Flannery Winchester Citizens’ Climate Lobby Threats like these underscore the importance of legislation […]

Climate Chaos: California wildfires threaten Yosemite sequoias

The uncontained Washburn Fire threatens to incinerate more than 500 mature sequoias in Yosemite National Park, forcing the evacuation of park visitors and residents of Wawona, a community surrounded by the park. By Nexus Media News Sequoias were once believed to be impervious to fire damage, but in just the last two years, wildfires fueled […]

July 12th

Conservationists warn the ‘Save Our Sequoias Act’ could do the opposite

A coalition of more than 80 environmental organizations representing millions of Americans has sent a letter urging members of Congress to vote against the so-called “Save Our Sequoias Act”—legislation the groups warn would do the very opposite of what its name suggests. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams The groups acknowledge in their letter that “[p]rotecting the iconic Giant […]

July 10th

Evangelicals applaud the introduction of the Save Our Sequoias Act

Over the past two years, increasingly destructive wildfires have eliminated nearly 20% of the world’s Giant Sequoias. After decades of fire suppression and the growing threat of climate change, these iconic trees are facing a mortality emergency. By Dr. Jessica Moerman Evangelical Environmental Network So we applaud House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Scott […]

To save a forest, look to the women

Sara Inés Lara, leader of Colombia-based bird conservation organization Fundación ProAves, got her first taste of conservation’s potential more than 30 years ago. She grew up in one of the most biodiverse places in the world, seeking refuge in the forests, mountains, and pools of the Andes. Then, in 1998, she learned about the yellow-eared parrot. […]

April 24th

IPCC on How to Tackle Climate Change, Part 8: How does land add to climate change and how can it help soak up CO2?

Limiting global warming to 1.5C or 2C would mean “rapid and deep” emissions reductions in “all sectors” of the global economy, says the latest report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Instead, emissions have continued to rise – albeit at a slowing rate – and it will be “impossible” to stay below 1.5C with “no or […]

April 12th

Planting trees can help the climate, but only if we also stop burning fossil fuels

A growing number of governments and companies are adopting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. These targets often evoke nature as a way to store or remove carbon from the atmosphere to counter the climate effect of other emissions. H. Damon Matthews, Concordia University; Amy Luers, Concordia University, and Kirsten Zickfeld, Simon Fraser University The Conversation […]

April 4th

Amazon Deforestation Hit Record High in February—Up 62% From 2021

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a record high for the month of February, jumping by nearly two-thirds over last February’s level, according to official data released Friday. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams Since Bolsonaro took office, deforestation in the Amazon has skyrocketed. A new set of bills proposed in the Brazilian Congress would enable further […]

March 13th

Carbon markets could protect nature and the planet, but only if the rights of those who live there are recognized too

Nearly a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from timber harvesting, agriculture and land-use change, such as clearing forests to make way for farms. Many see carbon markets as key to channelling billions of dollars into reducing these emissions, while protecting forests and other carbon sinks, such as peatlands and wetlands, in developing […]

March 12th

Earth Matters: Redwood forest transferred to native tribal consortium

On Tuesday, the Save the Redwoods League announced that it had donated and transferred ownership of 523 acres of forest it bought in Mendocino County in 2020 to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. In a press release, the league said the area will be renamed “Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ“—”fish run place” in the Sinkyone language— as “an act of cultural […]

January 30th

New federal wildfire plan is ambitious – but the Forest Service needs more money and people to fight the growing risks

People living in the western U.S. have been concerned about wildfires for a long time, but the past two years have left many of them fearful and questioning whether any solutions to the fire crisis truly exist. By Ryan E. Tompkins, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Susan Kocher, University of […]

January 27th