Category: Global Warming

deforestation and endangered species

Deforestation Fueling Global Warming, Extinction Deforestation is one of the largest contributors to global warming, climate change and the extinction of endangered species. The conversion of ancient rainforests into plantations for commodities, including palm plantations, is the driving factor behind deforestation. Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares (73.4 million acres) in […]

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climate change and deforestation

Trees Important In Race Against Climate Change Debates continue about the best way to slow the increase of carbon dioxide that is trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon needs to be pulled out of the atmosphere and stored–a process called carbon capture and sequestration. High-tech ways to accomplish it are being explored worldwide. We […]

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climate change and deforestation

Deforestation Killing More Than Trees  Over just a few decades, Costa Rica chopped down a majority of its ancient forests. But after a huge conservation push and a wave of reforestation, trees now blanket more than half of this nation. Far to the south, the Amazon rainforest was once being vaporized for farming, but Brazil has […]

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climate change and deforestation

Fossil Fuels and Biofuels Harmful In the face of climate change, scientists often focus on the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions, but new research shows that tropical deforestation triggers global changes that are just as costly as carbon pollution. Clearing trees not only releases carbon into the atmosphere, adding to the greenhouse gas effect, but […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Virgin Forests Hold More Biodiversity, Carbon By Jeremy Hance, Senior Editor, MongaBay There’s nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these forests include ancient trees, significant dead wood, little undergrowth due to canopy shade, and high biodiversity, including many species found […]

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climate change and deforestation

Indigenous Sustainability Deforestation is a major source of climate-harming CO2 emissions. A new report shows this is drastically reduced when indigenous and traditional communities have the right to manage their own forests. One eighth of the world’s forests are owned or managed by local communities, many of them indigenous. A study by the World Resources Institute […]

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deforestation and climate change

Leaders Seek Climate Change Mitigation Leading emitters of greenhouse gases should honor their financial commitment to enable vulnerable African countries to strengthen their resilience to impacts of climate change. Heads of state and government who met at an AU summit here stressed that the industrial north has an obligation to assist African countries adapting to […]

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climate change and deforestation

Hope Hinges On Forest Conservation, Reforestation According to the experts and non-experts alike, climate change is now and it’s not an isolated event. There are no isolated solutions, which means that everyone must take accountability for their carbon footprint–and take action. In the big picture, there are several ways to make an impact and minimize […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Climate Change About Survival For the U.S. military, climate change isn’t just about sad-looking polar bears and declining biodiversity. It’s a real challenge that has the potential to seriously destabilize nations and throw entire regions into conflict, potentially escalating into wars that will require new strategies and new technologies to win. In a recent interview […]

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Climate Change Drying Up California It’s an ironic twist of fate. After serving as an oasis during the dust bowl, California is rapidly becoming a dust bowl itself thanks to the worst drought on record mixed with a record high population. While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it’s not […]

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