Tag: Forests and Forestry

One Thing You Can Do: Talk to Your Children About Climate Change

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. ImageCreditTyler Varsell By Jillian Mock Last month, young people around the world skipped school to join global climate strikes. Children of all […]

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Bracing for Fire Season in California

Oakland, Calif. — There’s an unsettling quality to the weather during fire season in California, a frantic fluctuation from drizzle to blue skies to the dry gusty winds that transform small fires into big ones. It’s been a mild year so far. But in the wake of last year’s particularly destructive season the entire state […]

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Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless Amazon

NOVO PROGRESSO, BRAZIL — In early August, Adecio Piran wrote an article for this Amazon town’s news website announcing a “Day of Fire,” to be started on August 10. The post suggested a coordinated criminal effort among local landowners and cattle ranchers to burn newly cleared rainforest — much of it on public land. The […]

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Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings

Across North America, trees stand ready to help us solve the climate crisis. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their wood. One way to respond to a challenge from the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, to seek “bold action and much greater ambition” on climate change is to protect […]

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High in the Cascades, a Lone Fire Lookout Still Keeps Watch

Photographs and Text by Ruth Fremson Sept. 28, 2019 GLACIER PEAK WILDERNESS, Wash. — Smoke was rising over Bonanza Peak. So Russ Dalton, 72, stepped inside the lookout post perched high above the Glacier Peak Wilderness, spun the fire finder to point in the direction of the faint dark smoke he had spotted, and lined […]

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As Amazon Smolders, Indonesia Fires Choke the Other Side of the World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Brazil has captured global attention over deliberately set fires that are burning the Amazon rainforest, often called the earth’s lungs. Now Indonesia is compounding the concern with blazes to clear forest on the other side of the world. Hundreds of wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds […]

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Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a Lot of Hope (and a Bit of Whiskey)

Jane Goodall nursed a glass of neat Irish whiskey. It was the end of a long day of public appearances, and her voice was giving out. That’s what Ms. Goodall does these days. She talks. To anyone who will listen. To children, chief executives and politicians. Her message is always the same: The forests are […]

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Is Brazilian Leather Out of Fashion? H&M Stops Buying Over Amazon Fires

RIO DE JANEIRO — H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, announced Thursday that it had stopped purchasing leather from Brazil over concerns that the country’s cattle industry has contributed to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The announcement of the temporary ban is the second to hit Brazil after a spike in rainforest fires this […]

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Trump to Miners, Loggers and Drillers: This Land Is Your Land

The tug-of-war over America’s public lands between those who would protect them for future generations and those who would exploit them for immediate commercial gain has a long history. The two Roosevelts, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were mostly sympathetic to the cause of conservation, Ronald Reagan and the second George Bush decidedly […]

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With Amazon on Fire, Brazil’s Environmental Enforcers Say Bolsonaro Hobbles their Work

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 500 government workers on the front lines of enforcing Brazil’s environmental laws had signed an open letter as of Wednesday warning that their work has been hampered by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, contributing to a rise in deforestation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon. The letter […]

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The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia: A World of Fire

By Kendra Pierre-Louis Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. In South America, the Amazon basin is ablaze. Halfway around the world in central Africa, vast stretches of savanna are going up in flame. Arctic regions in Siberia are burning at a historic pace. While the Brazilian […]

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Why the Amazon Is Burning

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher More than 26,000 fires have been recorded inside the Amazon rainforest in August alone, leading to global calls for action. But Brazil’s government has told the rest of the world to mind its own business. [For […]

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The Amazon Is on Fire. So Is Central Africa.

DAKAR, Senegal — As images of wildfires in South America’s Amazon region draw global attention, a large and potentially devastating series of fires is raging in Central Africa and parts of Southern Africa. Among the regions at risk is the Congo Basin forest, the second-largest tropical rainforest, after the Amazon, mostly in the Democratic Republic […]

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Brazil Says It Will Reject $22 Million in Amazon Aid Pledged at G7

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hours after leaders of some of the world’s wealthiest countries pledged more than $22 million to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil’s government angrily rejected the offer, in effect telling the other nations to mind their own business. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil expressed his ire in a […]

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Amid Outrage Over Rainforest Fires, Many in the Amazon Remain Defiant

RIO DE JANEIRO — Seeing the global panic over thousands of forest fires in the Amazon last week, and hearing the calls to boycott Brazilian products, Agamenon da Silva Menezes wondered if the world had gone mad. Mr. da Silva is a farmers’ union leader in Novo Progresso, a community in a heavily deforested state […]

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As the Amazon Burns, Europe Leads the Charge on Climate

PARIS — As the Amazon burned and the world faced an ecological disaster, President Emmanuel Macron of France bluntly criticized Brazil’s leader this week and threatened to kill a major trade deal between Europe and Brazil. President Trump, on the other hand, posted a Tweet only Friday evening, saying that the United States was ready […]

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Brazil Plans to Mobilize the Military to Fight Fires in the Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO — Facing global scorn over environmental policies that have contributed to a rash of fires in the Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said Friday that he was planning to send the military to contain the blazes. After being largely dismissive about the fires earlier in the week, and claiming without evidence […]

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