‘Warning to humanity’ and call for urgent action to protect world’s 60,000 tree species. A third are at risk of extinction.

Half of the world’s animal and plant species rely on trees as their habitat, with forests containing about 75% of bird species, 68% of mammal species and as many as 10 million species of invertebrates. Forest-dependent species have already declined by about 53% since 1970. “When we look at extinction risks for mammals or birds, underlying that is habitat loss, and …

Trees and reforestation. Where is all the unforested land?

Excerpts from Mongabay, 2021. https://news.mongabay.com/2021/05/is-planting-trees-as-good-for-the-earth-as-everyone-says/ In 2019, a paper titled “The global tree restoration potential,” published in the journal Science, created a furor. The authors of the study estimated, using remote sensing and machine learning, that the Earth had available land for about 900 million hectares (2.2 billion acres) of forest restoration. Foresting this tree-less land would help store 205 gigatons …

Extreme impacts, but all new housing in Tucson must have outlets for EVs. Tree shade can reduce temps by 10 degrees F

From The Climate Mobilization, July 2021: Destructive heat waves in the Northwest cooked shellfish on the shore and are estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals. Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, elderly people and farm workers, died in the U.S. and Canada during the heatwave.  Already an endangered species, salmon in the Sacramento river may not survive …

Is this the end of forests as we’ve known them? Trees lost to drought and wildfires are not returning. Climate change is taking a toll on the world’s forests

By Alastair Gee, The Guardian, 10 Mar 2021, Camille Stevens-Rumann never used to worry about seeing dead trees. As a wildland firefighter in the American west, she encountered untold numbers killed in blazes she helped to extinguish. She knew fires are integral to forests in this part of the world; they prune out smaller trees, giving room to the rest …

Trees Talk to Each Other and Recognize Their Offspring

By Derek Markham Updated January 11, 2021, Treehugger The Lorax might have spoken for the trees, but it turns out that trees can speak for themselves. At least to other trees, that is. While it’s not news that a variety of communication happens between non-human elements of the natural world, the idea of mycelia (the main body of fungi, as opposed …

Rising temperatures force trees to release more CO2. And leave the trees! The largest three percent contain almost half of forest carbon.

New Yorker: Southeast United States, where, according to a long investigative piece in The Daily Climate, by Danielle Purifoy, the industrial-scale deforestation—hold your surprise—“is bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.” As one North Carolina resident put it, “When I looked at the officer that was choking George Floyd, and he said ‘I can’t breathe,’ this …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …