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Bringing New Life to Fallen Urban Trees 23.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
Editor’s note: The Reforestation Hubs initiative is offering pro-bono technical support to a select group of local governments and NGO partners in the United States. Interested cities and NGOs can submit a letter of interest by October 30, 2020 here. The ...
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Bringing New Life to Fallen Urban Trees 22.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print If a tree falls in a city, where does it go? Reforestation hubs can offer new and beneficial answers to this question. Photo by Tobias Freeman/Unsplash Editor’s note: The Reforestation Hubs initiative is offering pro-bono technical support to a select group of local governments and NGO partners. Interested cities and NGOs can submit a letter of interest by October 30, 2020 here . The city is a difficult place for a tree to survive. Compared to their counterparts in the countryside, urban trees generally get less water, suffer more intense heat, compete for space with unyielding infrastructure and frequently become riddled with disease and pests. As a result, many cities are stuck with a lot of dead trees every year. Cities and private contractors cut them down and usually turn them into firewood, mulch or haul them to the landfill. Often, cities replant fewer trees than they remove, leading to a net loss in canopy cover over time. However, these trees don’t have to go to waste. “ Reforestation hubs ...
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Love trees? Prioritize wildfire restoration and fighting deforestation 22.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Love trees? Prioritize wildfire restoration and fighting deforestation Heather Clancy Thu, 10/22/2020 - 02:00 Back in my former life as a tech journo, my coverage was informed by the infamous " hype cycle " phrase coined by research firm Gartner to describe the arc of emerging technology adoption from the spark of innovation to mainstream adoption. Lately, I’ve been mulling that framework a great deal in the context of a much-ballyhooed nature-based solution for removing carbon emissions: planting trees. Heck, even the climate-denier-in-chief loves the idea . Right now, we are clearly in the "peak of inflated expectations" phase of the tree-planting movement, with new declarations hitting my inbox every week. Pretty much any company with a net-zero commitment has placed tree projects at the center of its short-term strategy, often as part of declarations related to the Trillion Trees initiative.   As a verified tree-hugger, I’m encouraged. But, please, it’s time to refine the dialogue: While ...
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 5.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much ...
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The Road to Restoration: 3 Steps For Transforming Landscapes 1.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Proper planning when restoring landscapes can bring new opportunities for people living on the land. Photo by the Ministry of Environment of Panama/Initiative 20x20 Restoring degraded landscapes can bring water, food and income to local people while safeguarding the environment. But if communities, companies and governments rush the land restoration process, there can be unintended consequences. Examples of the negative effects of attempts to restore landscapes include campaigns that plant trees in the wrong places and large projects that violate the rights of the people living on the land or ignore gender, class and other social differences. With proper planning, though, government restoration pledges to the Bonn Challenge , AFR100 and Initiative 20x20 can turn into high-impact work that provides new opportunities for people living in the landscape and the natural environment. What does “proper planning” look like, though? How can the land be restored effectively? Every landscape and country is ...
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 30.9.2020 WRI Stories
Print A walk in the park might seem like a small thing, but green spaces can play a huge role in building equitable cities. Photo by Ignascio Brosa/Unsplash As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much green they are likely to see. The gaps between the haves and the have-nots in cities across the world are visible from space, illuminated by tree canopy. San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Plan , for example, notes that tree canopy varies widely depending on the relative wealth of different communities. The ritzy villas in the Seacliff neighborhood enjoy a leafy 30% canopy cover, while historically lower-income and immigrant communities in the Mission and Outer Sunset neighborhoods have a scant 7.5% and 5% tree canopy cover, respectively. The correlation between urban tree cover ...
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Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought 23.9.2020 WRI Stories
Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew research finds that letting forests regrow naturally can absorb 23% of the world's CO2 emissions every year. Photo by Tobias Wrzal/Flickr */ There’s increasing recognition of how nature can help tackle the climate crisis. From protecting standing forests to planting new trees, forests offer significant climate mitigation benefits. Now, new research shows that letting forests regrow on their own could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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New Location, New Perspectives: Hearing from African Voices in the Restoration Movement 11.9.2020 WRI Stories
New Location, New Perspectives: Hearing from African Voices in the Restoration Movement Comments|Add Comment|PrintAt Sokomani's nursery, workers grow native plants like spekboom. Photo: Siyabulela Sokomani Siyabulela “Siya” Sokomani, a young entrepreneur from South Africa, runs a commercial nursery that grows thousands of native saplings every year. By nurturing those trees, he is restoring degraded land and fighting climate change in his community’s township in Cape Town. He’s one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Rare flowers are sprouting in Cook County’s forest preserves: ‘It was like a dead zone and now it’s come alive' 11.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Rare flowers are increasingly returning to Cook County's forest preserves as crews work to restore the habitats that allow such plant life to grow.
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The threat to drinking water from abandoned mines in the West remains unknown 30.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
There are hundreds of thousands of abandoned hard rock mining sites or features scattered throughout the West, and federal and state officials are nowhere close to identifying those that potentially pose a hazard to drinking water.
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Amid devastating forest fires, One Trillion Trees movement puts down U.S. roots 27.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Amid devastating forest fires, One Trillion Trees movement puts down U.S. roots Heather Clancy Thu, 08/27/2020 - 00:02 This week marks the launch of the first regional chapter of the ambitious global movement to plant 1 trillion trees  — a natural climate solution seen as critical for helping draw down the earth's carbon debt, and an idea that has been spreading like wildfire since it was planted in January in Davos, Switzerland. There are more than two dozen launch partners for the new U.S. branch of 1t.org, spearheaded by the World Economic Forum and American Forests. Collectively, the group — which includes tech giants Microsoft and Salesforce, consumer products companies Timberland and Clif Bar, financial services powerhouses Bank of America and Mastercard and the cities of Detroit and Dallas — hopes to grow more than 855 million trees covering 2.8 million acres. It's a bold goal, especially poignant in the context of the devastating forest fires raging in California, which have claimed more than 1.2 ...
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How to Use Forests to Fend Off a Water and Energy Crisis in Colombia 20.8.2020 WRI Stories
How to Use Forests to Fend Off a Water and Energy Crisis in Colombia Comments|Add Comment|PrintColombia's forests, including the Sumapaz Páramo landscape, can play a critical role in the nation's water and energy systems. Photo by Alejandro Bernal Ph/Shutterstock An old Colombian saying goes: “en abril, lluvias mil,” meaning “it rains a lot in April.” But that was not the case this year. This April, precipitation levels in Colombia were 40% less than expected, well below the historical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The Challenge of Tracking How a Trillion Trees Grow 30.7.2020 WRI Stories
The Challenge of Tracking How a Trillion Trees Grow Comments|Add Comment|PrintIn Kenya, people are growing trees. Now, it’s time to track them. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI. This was the year that business added its clout to the global effort to add trillions of trees to the arsenal of weapons against climate change. The goal is to use these trees to restore land and absorb climate-warming carbon out of the atmosphere, which could keep global warming below 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F), the level... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth 14.7.2020 WRI Stories
4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth Comments|Add Comment|PrintSustainable, ocean-based investments can yield a number of benefits for economies, communities, businesses and households. Photo by Knut Troim/Unsplash Ocean-based industries are worth at least 3.5% of global GDP, a value the OECD predicted will double by 2030. More than 3 billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods and more than 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Policy News: July 13, 2020 13.7.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Congress – House Appropriators Release Fiscal Year 2021 Spending Bills for Science Agencies – House Democrats Outline Climate Action Plan – Full House Passes Infrastructure Bill Executive Branch ICE regulations suspend visas for international students attending universities that become online-only amid the coronavirus pandemic. Courts Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancel Atlantic ...
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Policy News: June 29, 2020 29.6.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: President Trump Suspends Entry Under H1-B Visas Through the End of 2020 Senators Introduce Bill Restricting Visas to Researchers with Ties to “Hostile Foreign Actors.” House Democrats Infrastructure Bill Reauthorizes Watershed Restoration Programs, Creates Wildlife Corridor System Full House will vote on bill this week. Congress Senate confirms Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan to ...
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Connecting the People Growing a Trillion Trees the Right Way 18.6.2020 WRI Stories
Connecting the People Growing a Trillion Trees the Right Way Comments|Add Comment|PrintIn Peru, coffee farmers are growing trees to protect the Amazon rainforest. Photo by One Tree Planted and AIDER. Everyone is talking about trees. In January, the World Economic Forum founded the Trillion Trees initiative (1t.org), an effort to protect and grow enough trees to fight climate change and build healthy rural landscapes and economies. Around the same time, major private companies made their own... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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RELEASE: Growing Trees the Right Way Through TerraMatch 18.6.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Growing Trees the Right Way Through TerraMatch New platform connects millions of dollars to projects that grow trees the right way Tree planting was at the top of the international agenda in early 2020 when the World Economic Forum announced the Trillion Trees initiative, an effort to protect and plant enough trees to fight climate change and transform rural economies. Many other companies and funders are also working to plant tens of millions of trees worldwide. But planting trees... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Africa’s Restoration Entrepreneurs Aid in COVID-19 Response 12.6.2020 WRI Stories
Africa’s Restoration Entrepreneurs Aid in COVID-19 Response Comments|Add Comment|PrintThe COVID-19 pandemic is affecting farmers and consumers alike, but restoration entrepreneurs are stepping up to meet demand and prevent food waste. David Foli Ayivor, an entrepreneur from Ghana, has seen the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on farmers and people in cities. As the pandemic shuts down supply chains, unharvested or unsold produce is rotting at farms while people in villages face food... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019 2.6.2020 WRI Stories
We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019 Comments|Add Comment|PrintLarge logs sit on a truck bed in a forest concession in Ghana. Photo by Maite Knorr-Evans/WRI What is tree cover loss? Tree cover loss is not the same as deforestation. “Tree cover” can refer to trees in plantations as well as natural forests, and “tree cover loss” is the removal of tree canopy due to human or natural causes, including fire. The data presented here do not take tree restoration or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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