Net zero isn’t enough: Congress must fight harder for climate

By Shaye Wolf, opinion contributor — 03/03/20 There’s a new climate buzzword taking hold of Congress: “net zero.”  Net zero climate targets purport to remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as is put in typically by 2050. From the CLEAN Future Act to the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act, it is becoming the defining … Continue reading “Net zero isn’t enough: Congress must fight harder for climate”

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

The US Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion on this case, and the “Toxic Water Loophole”, this month. The case “centers on a wastewater facility in Maui that violated the law by discharging millions of gallons of treated sewage each day into the Pacific Ocean via the groundwater beneath the facility, devastating a formerly … Continue reading “Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui”

Is Covid-19 the Silver Bullet For a Stable Climate?

We always knew that climate change was going to be painful… Brad ZarnettMar 11 The air over China before and after the country went into lockdown in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 Coronavirus.Something changed recently when I saw a map comparing the air over China before and after the country went into lockdown in … Continue reading “Is Covid-19 the Silver Bullet For a Stable Climate?”

‘Lost communities’: thousands of wells in rural California may run dry

Years of pumping, drought and a thirsty agriculture industry have taken a heavy toll on the water supply – and new plans are leaving vulnerable residents behind by Susie CagleFri 28 Feb 2020 When Carolina Garcia’s well began pumping sand and air instead of water in 2016, she didn’t know where to turn. The Garcias had … Continue reading “‘Lost communities’: thousands of wells in rural California may run dry”

Record-high global tree cover loss driven by agriculture

by Liz Kimbrough on 10 March 2020  The new data reveals record-breaking global tree cover loss for 2016 through 2018. In 2018 alone, the area of tree cover loss was larger than the UK. Agriculture continues to drive tree cover loss globally and in the tropics while forestry and wildfires drive forest loss in North America. Across … Continue reading “Record-high global tree cover loss driven by agriculture”

Forest Unlimited’s 2020 Plants 1400 Redwoods

In January of 2020, Forest Unlimited planted 1400 redwood seedlings on two different properties, one near Occidental and the other near Sebastopol. The plantings that took place over two days and involved the efforts of about 100 volunteers.  Forest Unlimited has been doing these large plantings for at least 20 years.  We estimate that the … Continue reading “Forest Unlimited’s 2020 Plants 1400 Redwoods”

Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

By Coral DavenportJan. 22, 2020 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and groundwater, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers who said Obama-era rules had shackled them with onerous and unnecessary burdens. From Day 1 of his administration, President … Continue reading “Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands”

One trillion trees – World Economic Forum launches plan to help nature and the climate

22 Jan 2020Robin Pomeroy Journalist, World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020 Deforestation causes almost as much greenhouse gas emissions as global road travel. Here`s how we can help halt it. Davos initiative aims to unite and promote reforestation efforts worldwide. Forum hopes to mobilize funds and political support. Even climate sceptic Trump has pledged to … Continue reading “One trillion trees – World Economic Forum launches plan to help nature and the climate”

Study Finds Not Logging Some Northwest Forests Could Offset Climate Change

by Cassandra Profita  Dec. 23, 2019 A new study finds some Northwest forests have a lot of potential to capture carbon and offset climate change. That is, if they’re preserved and not logged. Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of California-Berkeley looked at which forests in the Western United States should be prioritized for preservation under climate … Continue reading “Study Finds Not Logging Some Northwest Forests Could Offset Climate Change”

One thing you can do: Help to preserve forests

By Jillian Mock When we make a mess in the kitchen, many of us reach for paper towels without sparing a thought for where those crisp white sheets originated. If you’re in North America, some of the fiber in your paper towels (and other tissue products like toilet paper) probably started off as a tree … Continue reading “One thing you can do: Help to preserve forests”