forests

Monarch Sequoias Can Live 3,000 Years, But Earth Lost 10% of Them All in 2020

Monarch Sequoias Can Live 3,000 Years, But Earth Lost 10% of Them All in 2020

Scientists have known last year’s Castle Fire was probably the most destructive for California’s famously fire-resilient sequoias in at least 700 years, but a draft National Park Service report obtained by the Visalia Times-Delta puts a quantitative measurement on that fire’s climate-fueled toll. Between 7,500 and 10,000 monarch sequoias — about 10% to 14% of […]

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    Arbor Day Should Be About Growing Trees, Not Just Planting Them

    Arbor Day Should Be About Growing Trees, Not Just Planting Them

    By Karen D. Holl and Pedro Brancalion For 149 years, Americans have marked Arbor Day on the last Friday in April by planting trees. Now business leaders, politicians, YouTubers and celebrities are calling for the planting of millions, billions or even trillions of trees to slow climate change. As ecologists who study forest restoration, we […]

    New African Rainforest Map Shows Which Areas Are Most Vulnerable to Climate Crisis

    New African Rainforest Map Shows Which Areas Are Most Vulnerable to Climate Crisis

    Much of the conversation surrounding the ecological benefits of tropical rainforests focuses on South America’s Amazon. However, the forests of Central Africa are just as important. While the Amazon is the largest contiguous rainforest in the world, Central Africa’s rainforests are the world’s second largest, Nature reported. They store more carbon per hectare than the […]

    Global Rainforest Destruction Surged in 2020, Study Finds

    Global Rainforest Destruction Surged in 2020, Study Finds

    A new study published Wednesday found that the destruction of primary forest increased by 12% in 2020, impacting ecosystems that store vast amounts of carbon and shelter abundant biodiversity. Brazil saw the worst losses, three times higher than the next highest country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the report from Global Forest Watch […]

    Coffee Pulp Speeds up Forest Restoration, Study Finds

    Coffee Pulp Speeds up Forest Restoration, Study Finds

    Spreading coffee pulp, a waste product from coffee production, over degraded lands helps them recover quickly, a recent study found. By dumping 30 truck-loads of coffee pulp on a plot of degraded land in Costa Rica, researchers watched a small forest grow at a remarkable speed in just two years, the British Ecological Society reported. […]

    New Report Finds Indonesian Forestry Company Cleared Endangered Orangutan Habitat

    New Report Finds Indonesian Forestry Company Cleared Endangered Orangutan Habitat

    By Hans Nicholas Jong An Indonesian forestry company with possible links to pulpwood and palm oil powerhouse Royal Golden Eagle has cleared forests the size of 500,000 basketball courts since 2016, some of them home to critically endangered orangutans, according to a new report. Nusantara Fiber controls 242,000 hectares (598,000 acres) of industrial tree plantations […]

    11 Surprising Facts About Trees

    11 Surprising Facts About Trees

    By Natalie Muller Trees soak up carbon from the atmosphere, provide a home to wildlife and even improve our mental well-being. But did you know they can also “talk” to each other, and send out distress signals when under attack? 1. ​60,000 Different Species There are around 3 trillion trees on Earth, according to a […]