forests

Beyond Carbon Storage: New Study Highlights Other Ways Forests Keep Us Cool

Beyond Carbon Storage: New Study Highlights Other Ways Forests Keep Us Cool

If all of the world’s forests disappeared tomorrow, how much hotter would the world be?  A first-of-its-kind study published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change Thursday found that the world’s forests keep the planet around 0.5 degrees Celsius cooler than it would be otherwise. That 0.5 degrees is the same crucial difference between two […]

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    Cleared Land Can Return to Tropical Forest in Just 20 Years

    Cleared Land Can Return to Tropical Forest in Just 20 Years

    From the rapid rate of Amazon deforestation to the rainforest’s new role as a net emitter of carbon dioxide, the news about tropical rainforests is looking pretty grim. Now, a study published in Science Thursday offers some hopeful news for a change: previously forested land can return to nearly 80 percent of its old-growth status […]

    Environmental Defender Missing in Mexico

    Environmental Defender Missing in Mexico

    An Indigenous environmental defender is missing in Mexico. Irma Galindo Barrios has been working to protect forests in the Mexican state of Oaxaca from illegal logging. She was last seen on October 27, and Indigenous communities in Mexico are demanding her safe return. “Please sign the petition to pressure Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Presidente De […]

    Famed Explorers Sylvia Earle and Mireya Mayor Talk Exploration, Conservation and What Our Future Holds

    Famed Explorers Sylvia Earle and Mireya Mayor Talk Exploration, Conservation and What Our Future Holds

    Earlier this month, two pioneering female explorers came together at Florida International University (FIU) to share what they’ve learned from decades of exploring the land and sea. In conversations with EcoWatch, Sylvia Earle and Mireya Mayor spoke about why exploration and conservation must go hand in hand. Earle is popularly known as “Her Deepness,” thanks […]

    Can Planting Trees Solve the Climate Crisis?

    Can Planting Trees Solve the Climate Crisis?

    Have you heard this one before? “One tree planted for every purchase made.” Chances are, you have, and probably more than once. Trees have become the poster child for demonstrating a commitment to environmental sustainability, with a constantly growing list of businesses, politicians, and nonprofits rallying around the idea that we can use forests to […]