Forests

"Inside the Fight Against the Dixie Fire"

"In the past two years, California has found itself under siege from more large-scale fires burning with greater intensity than at any time on record. Giant blazes are tearing across the state with greater speed and frequency, destroying towns and sending smoke hurtling hundreds of miles away. Nine of California’s 20 largest fires have occurred since 2020, according to Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency."

Source: NYTimes, 10/13/2021

"Beyond Coal: End To Deforestation Sought At COP26 Climate Summit"

"World leaders attending the COP26 U.N. climate summit should focus not only on abandoning fossil fuels but also on setting ambitious goals to end deforestation - and expand funding and rules to drive forest protection, environmentalists are urging."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 10/11/2021

"In Secret Tapes, Palm Oil Execs Disclose Corruption, Brutality"

"Global Witness, an environmental and human rights organization, sent undercover investigators to get the scoop"

"The police drove into the village of Watwat in SUVs during a rainstorm. It was late on a July night in 2019, and they’d come through the rainforest, armed with guns and metal bars.

Men and teenage boys were dragged out of bed, beaten and thrown into the mud. Some were arrested, held for weeks and interrogated about vandalizing palm trees, according to an investigative report by the advocacy group Global Witness.

Source: Washington Post, 10/11/2021

"6 Aspects of American Life Threatened by Climate Change"

"Two dozen federal agencies flagged the biggest dangers posed by a warming planet. The list spreads across American society."

Source: NYTimes, 10/08/2021

New Landsat 9 Offers Variety of Resource Stories

The launch of NASA’s new Landsat Earth-observing satellite is a reminder to reporters that millions of images from over five decades can help unearth many environmental trends, whether deforestation, coastal erosion, suburban sprawl or wildfire impacts. The new Reporter’s Toolbox explains how the service works and how to access the resource, along with examples of prize-winning stories.

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BC Anti-Logging Protesters Win As Judge Denies Firm’s Injunction Bid

"A provincial court in Canada has refused to extend an injunction against protesters demonstrating against old-growth logging, ruling that police conduct has been so troubling that to extend the order would place the court’s own reputation at risk."

Source: Guardian, 10/01/2021

"Carbon Offsets Are Growing Fast, But Climate Benefits Remain Murky"

"Over the past couple of years, hundreds of corporations from Amazon to Visa have announced plans to move toward “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions. Look more closely, though, and the promises also reflect something else: the growing prominence of a controversial environmental accounting tool generally known as “carbon offsets,” or “carbon credits.”"

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 09/29/2021

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