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Climate Change Threatens Unique West Coast Forest Region

Climate Change Threatens Unique West Coast Forest Region

The Klamath is a unique region in Northern California and Southwest Oregon. In addition to being a haven for biodiversity— hosting plants that only live in its mountainous landscape and 29 different species of conifers—it also stores carbon in its diverse array of tall trees. But those iconic trees, and their carbon-storing power, are under […]

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    Places to Watch: 3 Forest Regions at Risk Right Now

    Places to Watch: 3 Forest Regions at Risk Right Now

    By Mikaela Weisse and Katie Fletcher This edition of Places to Watch examines forest clearing detected between Nov. 9, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018 in Indonesian Papua, Cameroon and Brazil. Due to occasional cloud cover that can obscure satellite recognition, some loss may have occurred earlier. Oil Palm Plantation Encroaching on Primary Forest in Indonesian […]

    Volunteers Plant 67,500 Trees in Portuguese Forest Devastated by Wildfires

    Volunteers Plant 67,500 Trees in Portuguese Forest Devastated by Wildfires

    One sapling at a time, thousands of volunteers planted trees in Portugal’s oldest forest burned by last year’s devastating wildfires. Around 3,000 volunteers planted roughly 67,500 pine trees in the Leiria forest in central Portugal on Sunday. Cidalia Ferreira, the mayor of Marinha Grande, a municipality in the Leiria district, noted that the effort was […]

    Fire Seasons Have Become Longer Globally, Experts Say

    Fire Seasons Have Become Longer Globally, Experts Say

    Experts say that climate change is lengthening global fire seasons, as the southern hemisphere experiences “freak autumn heat” and major weekend bushfires devastate the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. “March is not traditionally seen as a time when the bushfire danger escalates, but as the fires in Tartha NSW, and south west […]

    Earth’s Intact Forests Are Invaluable, and in Danger

    Earth’s Intact Forests Are Invaluable, and in Danger

    By Tim Radford The world’s unregarded forests are at risk. Intact forest is now being destroyed at an annual rate that threatens to cancel out any attempts to contain global warming by controlling greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study. A second study finds that trees in the tropical regions are dying twice as […]

    ‘Climate Change’ Removed From FEMA’s Strategic Plan

    ‘Climate Change’ Removed From FEMA’s Strategic Plan

    Last year, one of the hottest years in modern history, was also the costliest year ever for weather disasters, setting the U.S. back a record-setting $306 billion in spending aid and relief cost. But it appears the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency that responds to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires, is ignoring a critical […]