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”

Web Map Showing California’s Fully Appropriated Streams

The State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights (Division) has released an interactive GIS web map for representing Fully Appropriated Stream Systems (FASS) in California.  The web map provides access to FASS and related information, including seasonal limitations, court references, and Board decisions all in one place and within a geospatial context.  The … Continue reading “Web Map Showing California’s Fully Appropriated Streams”

CALIFORNIA WATER | GROUNDWATER

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the Critical Species LookBook (the LookBook) which may be found on the Groundwater Resource Hub.  The LookBook is a compendium of 84 state and federally listed species likely to be affected by groundwater management and merit consideration by Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act … Continue reading “CALIFORNIA WATER | GROUNDWATER”

Maui is urged to withdraw its high-court wastewater appeal

Readers: This is a situation where there is an attempt to continue polluting groundwater and therefore the beaches and ocean where fresh water ends up. You can help by boycotting traveling there and opting to go somewhere else where environmental laws are respected and followed. Or you can send a letter out of outrage using … Continue reading “Maui is urged to withdraw its high-court wastewater appeal”

Top 10 Solutions to Reverse Climate Change

Adapted with permission from Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin Books, 2017), edited by Paul Hawken Paul Hawken and the Project Drawdown experts thought they knew what to expect when they modeled and ranked 80 solutions that could reverse global warming. But the data had some surprises in store.  … Continue reading “Top 10 Solutions to Reverse Climate Change”