Forests Update: Big Yearly Wildfire Losses, and More!

Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

Up In Smoke – the planet is losing sizeable forests each year, and the connection to climate change is clear. Credit Matt Granz, courtesy Twitter/Sacramento National Weather Service

OO Earth Lost Nearly 70,000 Square Miles of Forest in 2014
About 2x The Area of Portugal
– mostly due to wildfires, predicted to occur more often and more intensely, which could affect what replaces them.

OO Agribusiness Giant Adopts Historic No-Deforestation Policy – activists are calling it “a major step forward for the soy industry.”

OO Despite Deforestation, The World Is Getting Greener: Scientists – but does the new greenery translate into increased carbon storage?


OO Large Aspen Die-Offs Likely by the 2050s says a new study due to climate change if emissions are not cut dramatically, adding to a growing body of work suggesting forests worldwide may be imperiled by climate change.

There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these wild daisies I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts andtexts are freely available.


Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2016!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.


For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week


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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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