forests

19 Organizations Celebrating the Role of Forests in the Food System

19 Organizations Celebrating the Role of Forests in the Food System

By Jared Kaufman Nearly one-third of the land on Earth is forested, but because of agriculture and infrastructure development, nearly 27 soccer fields’ worth of forest are destroyed every minute. Globally, forests are home to a significant majority of the world’s land biodiversity and absorb billions of tons of carbon dioxide every year. Over 1.5 […]

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    Are Forests Carbon Sinks or Carbon Sources?

    Are Forests Carbon Sinks or Carbon Sources?

    By Nancy Harris and David Gibbs Forests are an important asset in the fight against climate change. New research has found that they sequester around twice as much carbon dioxide as they emit, classifying them as a carbon sink. Forests emitted on average 8.1 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and absorbed 16 billion between […]

    500+ Scientists Demand Stop to Tree Burning as Climate Solution

    500+ Scientists Demand Stop to Tree Burning as Climate Solution

    By Andrea Germanos A group of more than 500 international scientists on Thursday urged world leaders to end policies that prop up the burning of trees for energy because it poses “a double climate problem” that threatens forests’ biodiversity and efforts to stem the planet’s ecological emergency. The demand came in a letter addressed to […]

    IKEA Parent Company Buys Georgia Forest With Pledges to Manage It Sustainably

    IKEA Parent Company Buys Georgia Forest With Pledges to Manage It Sustainably

    When you think of wooden furniture, you probably think of forest destruction, not conservation. But furniture giant IKEA is trying to reverse that assumption. The Ingka Group, the franchise’s largest owner, just bought 10,840 acres of forest in southeast Georgia, Reuters reported. The purchase comes with legally-binding commitments to restore native trees and protect habitat […]

    Amazon Rainforest on the Brink of Turning Into a Net Carbon Emitter, Study Warns

    Amazon Rainforest on the Brink of Turning Into a Net Carbon Emitter, Study Warns

    Tropical forests are guardians against runaway climate change, but their ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is wearing down. The Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world’s rainforest cover, is on the verge of turning into a carbon source. Deforested peat forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Rhett A. Butler / […]

    Largest-Ever Climate Poll: 64% Say Climate Change Is a Global Emergency

    Largest-Ever Climate Poll: 64% Say Climate Change Is a Global Emergency

    Taking an unconventional approach to conduct the largest-ever poll on climate change, the United Nations’ Development Program and the University of Oxford surveyed 1.2 million people across 50 countries from October to December of 2020 through ads distributed in mobile gaming apps. The survey found that 64 percent of people think climate change is a […]

    Tree Rings Reveal How Ancient Forests Were Managed

    Tree Rings Reveal How Ancient Forests Were Managed

    By Katherine Kornei Clear-cutting a forest is relatively easy—just pick a tree and start chopping. But there are benefits to more sophisticated forest management. One technique—which involves repeatedly harvesting smaller trees every 30 or so years but leaving an upper story of larger trees for longer periods (60, 90, or 120 years)—ensures a steady supply […]

    Cocaine Production Is Destroying Colombia National Park Old-Growth Rainforest

    Cocaine Production Is Destroying Colombia National Park Old-Growth Rainforest

    By René Mora, Translated by Romina Castagnino Catatumbo Barí National Natural Park protects the unique, remote rainforest in northeastern Colombia. Satellite data show the park lost 6.2% of its tree cover between 2001 and 2019, with several months of unusually high deforestation in 2020. Sources say illegal coca cultivation is rapidly expanding in and around […]

    Global Grasslands Now Contribute to Climate Warming, Study Finds

    Global Grasslands Now Contribute to Climate Warming, Study Finds

    Grasslands play a critical role in carbon sequestration. But a recent study found human activity is causing grasslands to become a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Covering approximately 25 percent of the earth’s surface and containing nearly 12 percent of the land-based carbon stocks, grasslands are essential in supporting food and livestock production, according to […]