Scenes of Devastation Emerge From a Fire-Ravaged Southwestern France

Two wildfires have ravaged nearly 80 square miles of forests, forcing 37,000 people to evacuate. The flames were fanned by a heat wave also feeding blazes in Greece, Portugal and Spain.

#arcachon-bay-france, #bordeaux-france, #buildings-structures, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #portugal, #spain, #weather, #wildfires, #zoos

Can Planting a Trillion New Trees Save the World?

To fight climate change, companies and nonprofits have been promoting worldwide planting campaigns. Getting to a trillion is easier said than done.

#amazon-com-inc, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #edens, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trees-and-shrubs, #world-resources-institute

The Worst Place in the World to Drill for Oil Is Up for Auction

Oil exploration in the Congo rainforest would be a pollution disaster for communities that depend on it and for wildlife.

#biodiversity, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution

How Demand for Twigs Is Bringing Down a Rainforest

In the Congo River Basin, people who collect bundles of wood to make charcoal are playing a surprisingly large role in the deforestation of a region that rivals the Amazon in importance.

#africa, #charcoal, #congo-river, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #wood-and-wood-products

Firefighters Use Sprinklers to Save Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

Authorities in Yosemite National Park are hopeful that a sprinkler system can save the Grizzly Giant, a more than 200-foot-tall sequoia that dates back at least 2,000 years.

#fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires, #yosemite-national-park-calif

In Ivory Coast, This Rainforest Is Both Refuge and Junkyard

An endangered gem of lush greenery in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s economic hub, is at the center of government efforts to promote ecotourism. Those who live and work there worry about what it means for them.

#abidjan-ivory-coast, #banco-national-park-ivory-coast, #conservation-of-resources, #eco-tourism, #forests-and-forestry, #ivory-coast, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Wildfire in New Jersey Could Become the State’s Largest in Years

The Mullica River fire in Wharton State Forest in South Jersey has burned about 12,000 acres. Officials have ruled out natural causes as the source of the blaze.

#forests-and-forestry, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-forest-fire-service, #wharton-state-forest-nj, #wildfires

New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire Was a Prescribed Burn. What Are Victims Owed?

Two prescribed burns got out of control, becoming New Mexico’s largest recorded wildfire. But experts say it’s necessary to thin forests in a region primed for destruction.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

Where Is Dom Phillips?

The disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira signals another tipping point in the Amazon.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #forests-and-forestry

Climate Change Needs Durable Solutions. Tree Planting Isn’t One.

Carbon emissions are forever so carbon removal should be, too.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

The Rise and Fall of America’s Environmentalist Underground

This year, one of the last fugitives of the Earth Liberation Front pleaded guilty to arson — at a moment when climate activists are again flirting with radical ideas.

#arson, #colorado, #dibee-joseph-mahmoud, #earth-liberation-front, #environment, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #gerlach-chelsea-d, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #oregon, #overaker-josephine-s, #terrorism

Europe Rethinks Its Reliance on Burning Wood for Electricity

A new proposal would significantly rewrite E.U. rules on renewable energy, ending subsidies for biomass like wood pellets.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #carbon-dioxide, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #southeastern-states-us

Know your risks. Then prepare.

Researchers used new data to calculate fire threats to homes and other properties throughout the lower 48 states. We made a map.

#compost, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire

Worsening wildfires in recent years have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests before disaster strikes. But the warming world is making it tougher to do safely.

#arizona, #boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #nature-conservancy, #nebraska, #new-mexico, #oregon, #rain, #texas, #united-states, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #wildfires, #wind

Deforestation Is High, Despite COP26 Promises

Brazil had the largest share of tree loss last year, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bolivia. Indonesia showed improvement.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indonesia, #world-resources-institute

How Nature Becomes a Casualty of War

Research on past conflicts suggests that the war in Ukraine could have a profound environmental impact.

#angola, #animals, #biodiversity, #birds, #chernobyl-ukraine, #conservation-of-resources, #defense-and-military-forces, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #europe, #forests-and-forestry, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #invasive-species, #korean-demilitarized-zone, #mousseau-timothy-a, #mozambique, #nicaragua, #nuclear-wastes, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Texas Wildfire Grows to 33,000 Acres, but Poses Little Threat

The Crittenberg Complex fire near Fort Hood could burn for more several days, if not weeks, a fire official said on Monday.

#crittenberg-complex, #forests-and-forestry, #fort-hood-tex, #texas, #weather, #wildfires, #wind

Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest Threatens Indigenous Lands

Set aside for an isolated Indigenous group, the Brazilian preserve Ituna-Itatá has now been heavily deforested — a grim illustration of the intractable forces destroying the Amazon.

#altamira-brazil, #amazon-jungle, #belo-monte-dam-brazil, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #gold, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #xingu-river-brazil

Tree Planting Is Booming. Here’s How That Could Help, or Harm, the Planet.

Reforestation can fight climate change, uplift communities and restore biodiversity. When done badly, though, it can speed extinctions and make nature less resilient.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #carbon-dioxide, #chazdon-robin-l, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #trees-and-shrubs

Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Are a ‘Beast,’ Official Says

The Chipola Complex, which encompasses three fires, has burned more than 29,000 acres so far. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced over $6 million in relief funds for families affected by the fires.

#bay-county-fla, #bertha-swamp-road-fire, #chipola-complex, #desantis-ron, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #florida-panhandle, #forests-and-forestry, #weather, #wildfires

How Maori Stepped In to Save a Towering Tree Crucial to Their Identity

Tāne Mahuta, an ancient tree named after the god of forests in Māori mythology, is threatened by the slow creep of an incurable disease.

#biodiversity, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #maori, #new-zealand, #trees-and-shrubs

Amazon Rainforest May Be Approaching a Critical Tipping Point, Study Finds

The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change.

#amazon-jungle, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-climate-change-journal, #research

In Search of Panama’s Elusive Spider Monkeys

Environmental initiatives in the Azuero Peninsula offer hope for the future of a critically endangered subspecies.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #monkeys-and-apes, #panama, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations

Climate Change Could Increase Risk of Wildfires 50% by Century’s End

Worsening heat and dryness could lead to a 50 percent rise in off-the-charts fires, according to a United Nations report.

#africa, #arctic-regions, #australia, #canada, #chile, #commonwealth-scientific-and-industrial-research-organization-australia, #fires-and-firefighters, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #india, #north-america, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portugal, #russia, #siberia, #united-nations, #wildfires

Six Days Afloat in the Everglades

After a storm disrupted plans for a 99-mile paddling trek, a Times journalist’s time on the water took a more reflective turn. Come look and listen alongside him.

#alligators, #beaches, #birds, #camps-and-camping, #douglas-marjory-stoneman, #everglades-fla, #everglades-national-park, #florida, #forests-and-forestry, #gulf-of-mexico, #islands, #lake-okeechobee-fla, #levees-and-dams, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rivers, #tornadoes, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #weather, #wetlands

An Invasive Insect Threatens Delmarva Westlands

The emerald ash border threatens ash trees that anchor a unique world on the Delmarva Peninsula.

#biodiversity, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #chesapeake-bay, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #maryland, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #nature-conservancy, #rivers, #trees-and-shrubs, #university-of-maryland, #wetlands

Risking Their Lives, for Little Pay, to Guard India’s Forests

Braving tigers and other dangers, frontline workers face difficult working conditions as they try to keep the peace between humans and wildlife.

#forests-and-forestry, #india, #kerala-india

Plan to Remove Feral Cattle From National Forest in New Mexico Raises Concerns

Most everyone agrees the unbranded animals are a problem in Gila National Forest. But fear that the plan involves shooting them from a helicopter has led to sharp opposition.

#animals, #cattle, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #livestock, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-die-offs

Did Your Handbag Help Destroy the Rainforest?

A recent report examines the links between fashion brands and Amazon deforestation.

#adidas-ag, #agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #brazil, #cattle, #fashion-and-apparel, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #leather-and-leather-goods, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #prada-spa, #stand-earth, #tapestry-inc, #your-feed-fashion

‘A Sense of Crisis’ for Wasabi, a Pungent Staple of Japanese Cuisine

Climate and demographic threats are chipping away at a centuries-old culture surrounding the cultivation of the fluorescent green plant.

#agriculture-and-farming, #condiments, #flowers-and-plants, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #japan, #japanese-food-cuisine, #sushi

Alarming Levels of Mercury Are Found in Old Growth Amazon Forest

The findings, related to gold mining in Peru, provide new evidence of how people are altering ecosystems in dangerous ways around the world.

#amazon-jungle, #biodiversity, #forests-and-forestry, #gold, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mercury-metal, #mines-and-mining, #nature-communications-journal, #peru, #research

Redwood Forest in California Is Returned to Native Tribes

Ownership of more than 500 acres of a forest in Mendocino County was returned to 10 sovereign tribes who will serve as guardians to “protect and heal” the land.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #mendocino-county-calif, #wilderness-areas

Biden Administration Announces Plan to Spend Billions to Prevent Wildfires

The plan is an expensive one, but it is only partially funded.

#agriculture-department, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #western-states-us, #wildfires

The Sunday Read: ‘This Isn’t the California I Married’

The honeymoon’s over for the state’s residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

#audio-neutral-informative, #california, #forests-and-forestry, #wildfires

This Vast Wildfire Lab Is Helping Foresters Prepare for a Hotter Planet

When the Bootleg fire tore through a nature reserve in Oregon this summer, the destruction varied in different areas. Researchers say forest management methods, including controlled burns, were a big factor.

#bootleg-fire, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-conservancy, #oregon, #wildfires

Have Wildfires Ruined California’s Magic?

The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

#burns, #california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #sustainable-living, #wildfires

Thomas Lovejoy, Wide-Ranging Ecologist and Amazon Rescuer, Dies at 80

His ambitious, long-running project in Brazil explored the impact of deforestation on animals and plants — and how to deal with it.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river-basin, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-obituaries, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #lovejoy-thomas-e, #nature-tv-program, #wilderness-areas

Inside the Campaign to Save an Imperiled Cambodian Rainforest

Deep in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, former loggers and poachers have assumed new roles as protective rangers and ecotourism guides. Can their efforts help preserve a vast stretch of wilderness?

#agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #cambodia, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #koh-kong-province-cambodia, #logging-industry, #phnom-penh-cambodia, #southeast-asia, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Hundreds of Companies Promised to Help Save Forests. Did They?

Cargill, Nestle, Carrefour and others pledged to reach net-zero deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cocoa, #forests-and-forestry, #internal-open-access, #land-use-policies

Her Art Reads the Land in Deep Time

Athena LaTocha has embraced geological materials from mesas, wetlands and bluffs in her large-scale works. Now, she’s exploring what’s underfoot in New York City.

#art, #bric-arts, #content-type-personal-profile, #downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #earth, #forests-and-forestry, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #latocha-athena, #native-americans

Amazon Deforestation Soars to 15-Year High

Brazil committed this month to end illegal deforestation in eight years, but a government report raises questions about its intent and ability to meet that target.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #deforestation, #forests-and-forestry, #politics-and-government, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Will Iván Duque Protect Environmental Defenders?

Colombia’s president wants to convince the world he is a champion for the environment. But his country is deadly for those guarding the rainforest.

#amazon-watch, #colombia, #duque-ivan, #forests-and-forestry

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #automobiles, #beef, #brazil, #cattle, #ford-motor-co, #forests-and-forestry, #general-motors, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #land-use-policies, #leather-and-leather-goods, #marfrig-group, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #ranches, #volkswagen-ag

Tree DNA Sends a Poacher to Prison in 2018 Maple Fire Case

Loggers seeking a prized hardwood started the fire in the Olympic National Forest, prosecutors said. The use of timber DNA evidence was a first in a federal criminal trial.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #hood-canal-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #washington-state, #wildfires

With Methane and Forest Deals, Climate Summit Offers Hope After Gloomy Start

Agreements to reduce methane gas emissions and protect the world’s forests were reached Tuesday at the U.N.-sponsored meeting, as President Biden chided the leaders of Russia and China for not showing up.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #forests-and-forestry, #glasgow-scotland, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #johnson-boris, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #xi-jinping

The Glasgow Deforestation Pledge Isn’t Enough to Save Our Forests

World leaders have pledged again to end deforestation. This time, they need to actually do it.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #canada, #carbon-dioxide, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #paris-france, #peru, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #wildfires, #world-resources-institute

Global Leaders Pledge to End Deforestation by 2030

Brazil, China and the United States are among the signatories to a declaration that seeks to preserve critical forests that can absorb carbon dioxide and slow the rise in global warming.

#brazil, #china, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #international-relations, #russia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states

Extreme Heat Caused Family’s Death in Sierra National Forest, Authorities Say

After a two-month effort to find out what killed Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog, investigators pointed to 109-degree heat and a lack of water.

#california, #chung-ellen-d-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #gerrish-jonathan-d-2021, #sierra-national-forest-calif

After 2 Years, a Tire Is Removed From an Elk’s Neck in Colorado

Wildlife officials had been seeking the elk since it was first spotted in 2019. On Saturday, they tranquilized the animal and slid the tire off after removing its antlers.

#animals, #colorado, #elk, #forests-and-forestry

Hank Paulson: The World’s Biodiversity Is in Peril

The growing damage to the world’s biodiversity presents dire risks to human societies.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #food, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #india, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #rabies, #reefs, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-states, #wetlands