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”

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”

The Fifteen-Year-Old Climate Activist Who Is Demanding a New Kind of Politics

By Masha Gessen October 2, 2019 Sometimes  the world makes so little sense that the only thing to do is engage in civil disobedience—even in a country as attached to its rules and regulations as Sweden is. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg has been protesting for more than a month. Before the country’s parliamentary election on September 9th, … Continue reading “The Fifteen-Year-Old Climate Activist Who Is Demanding a New Kind of Politics”

CLIMATE CHANGE

The crisis is upon us. What do we do now? Shonagh Rae For The LA Times The world is drifting steadily toward a climate catastrophe. For many of us, that’s been clear for a few years or maybe a decade or even a few decades. But others have known that a reckoning was coming for … Continue reading “CLIMATE CHANGE”

The Russian River: Managing at the Watershed Level

Gokce SencanSeptember 10, 2019 This is part of a series on issues facing California’s rivers. Water managers across the state face new and more extreme challenges as the climate warms—from balancing the sometimes conflicting needs of urban, agricultural, and environmental water users to reducing risks from fires, floods, and droughts. We talked to Grant Davis, general … Continue reading “The Russian River: Managing at the Watershed Level”

Letter to the Editor Published in the Press Democrat, Santa Rosa CA

State forest management policy is a major factor in the loss of salmon populations and the potential recovery of salmon populations. And – as it turn out forest management is a large part of the long term problem or long term solution of the climate change issue.   I think the voting population is ready for change.  … Continue reading “Letter to the Editor Published in the Press Democrat, Santa Rosa CA”

Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, study finds. Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office July 8, 2019 In the brain, when neurons fire off electrical signals to their neighbors, this happens through an “all-or-none” response. The signal only happens once conditions in the cell breach a certain threshold. … Continue reading “Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction”