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User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Impacts :: Forest
Last updated: Dec 01 2020 07:47 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon reaches 12-year high under Bolsonaro 1.12.2020 Raw Story
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged again over the past year, hitting a 12-year high, according to official figures released Monday that drew a chorus of condemnation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government. A total of 11,088 square kilometers (4,281 square miles) of forest was destroyed in Brazil’s share of the world’s biggest rainforest in the […]
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Letters to the Editor: Climate change has finally come for ancient Sequoia trees. That's devastating 19.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Controlled forest burns will help, but what will really save California's giant Sequoia trees is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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CU researchers link prehistoric wildfires to climate change 15.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have found that climate change spurred wildfires across much of the planet millions of years ago, with implications that human-caused climate change could have similar impacts in the future.
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Letters to the Editor: Don't let climate change take California's irreplaceable redwoods 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Hopefully, the prospect of forever losing Big Basin Redwoods State Park will turn more Californians into climate activists.

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The politics of climate change are shifting in Colorado 1.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Despite increasing acceptance of the science of climate change across the state, what to do about it remains a politically sensitive question.
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Op-Ed: The Golden State treescape wasn't made to last 1.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

Amid the worst fire season on record, Californians have to learn to take the long view.

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As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount 25.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The record-breaking forest fires burning in Colorado even as winter sets in are the latest sign climate change is hitting the West hard, causing scientists to up their rhetoric and warn it is past time to move beyond planning and start aggressively acting.
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Topics for final presidential debate announced and boy will Donald Trump be in trouble 17.10.2020 Raw Story
NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker has just announced the topics for the final presidential debate next week on October 22 in Tennessee. There are six topics, most of which are policy-driven topics, where Trump routinely is challenged. They were chosen by Welker, and released through the Commission on Presidential Debates, as the Associated Press reports. […]
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New maps show how climate change is making California’s ‘fire Weather’ worse 14.10.2020 Raw Story
As California continues battling its worst wildfire season on record, new research shows that fall fire weather days — days with high temperatures, low humidity and high wind speeds — will double in parts of the state by the end of the century and will increase 40% by 2065. On these days all it takes […]
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Letters to the Editor: Old-growth forests fight climate change. Ban clearcutting to prevent 'gigafires' 8.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Large, healthy trees filter carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere. We must preserve them by banning clearcutting forests.

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Op-Ed: Don't believe self-serving messengers. Logging will not prevent destructive wildfires 29.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Logging bills, like the one introduced by Sen. Feinstein, are being promoted as solutions. But removing trees could actually make wildfires worse.

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Letters to the Editor: Homes burn because of embers, not trees. Fire policy ignores that 29.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

State and federal policies that emphasize brush clearance in areas prone to wildfires fail to protect homes because they do not focus on embers.

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Bacteria infection blamed for further elephant deaths in Zimbabwe 29.9.2020 Raw Story
Twelve more elephants have died in Zimbabwe, taking the total death toll from a suspected bacterial infection outbreak to 34, wildlife authorities have said, days after scientists blamed water toxins for hundreds of elephant deaths in neighboring Botswana. “A total of 34 carcasses have been found… but some others have not been located,” Zimbabwe Parks […]
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West Coast Wildfires Underscore Ominous Global Trend: Forests Are Dying 24.9.2020 Truthout.com
Trees are resilient, but the current rate of atmospheric warming is driving changes faster than forests can adapt ...
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Letters to the Editor: Humans have spent decades ruining forests. 'Managing' them won't help much 22.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Humans have cut down forests and replanted them with little regard for biodiversity. Now, climate change threatens the forests' very existence.

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2 Years Ago, Scientists Warned Us Dead Trees Would Fuel Unpredictable Wildfires. Now It’s Happening. 22.9.2020 Mother Jones
Nearly 150 million trees died in California between 2010 and 2018, officials estimated last year—one of the worst tree die-off events in state history. Its ramifications, experts predicted, would be sweeping, from a surge in carbon emissions to a loss in tourism dollars. At the time, researchers also issued another ominous warning: The dead tree […]
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Arctic summer sea ice second lowest on record: US researchers 22.9.2020 Raw Story
Arctic summer sea ice melted in 2020 to the second smallest size since records began 42 years ago, US scientists announced Monday, offering further stark evidence of the impact of global warming. Arctic sea ice melts in summer and reforms in winter, but precise satellite imagery taken regularly since 1979 documented how the cycle has […]
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Europe Drives Destruction of US Forests in the Name of Fighting Climate Change 21.9.2020 Truthout.com
U.S. forests are being chopped down to feed the EU’s voracious demand for wood pellets to generate biomass ...
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Trump doubles down on ‘exploding trees’ being the real cause of California wildfires — not heat or drought 21.9.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump doubled down on his “explosive tree” idea as the cause of the California wildfires. Speaking to Fox News host Mark Levin, Trump explained that trees apparently explode, but trees in other countries are far worse than U.S. trees. “I meet with foreign leaders of countries, and they have an expression, ‘Sir, we […]
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Letters to the Editor: Please don't indulge Trump's forest raking fetish 18.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

If we remove all the undergrowth in the forests, how does the forest feed itself?

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