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Planting trees to offset carbon is meaningless if the trees are lost to fire. A new way of understanding carbon storage based on both time and quantity stored is required to fully utilize carbon storage in climate change mitigation strategies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Temporary carbon storage in forests has climate value — but we need to get the accounting right

Tracking both the amount of carbon and the time that it remains stored is key to unlocking the potential of nature-based carbon storage as a climate mitigation strategy.
The search for a balance in meeting human needs within the limits of the environment is a perennial challenge in the history of humanity. (Shutterstock)

Is it possible to measure sustainable development?

Is it possible to measure sustainable development? Can we go beyond merely embracing virtuous principles and put the concept into use?
Warmer temperatures could lengthen the growing season of trees and consequently increase their growth rate. (Shutterstock)

Climate change is making trees bigger, but also weaker

A longer growing season for trees, due to global warming, does not necessarily lead to an increase in wood production.
In North America, log driving is thought to have stopped by the end of the 20th century, with the exception of British Columbia, where it is still practised on a small scale. (Shutterstock)

What log driving can teach us about forests, past and present

Logging over the past two centuries has had a major impact on Québec’s forests. The traces it has left will guide the adoption of sustainable forest management techniques.
Trees are rooted to the ground — but they move into new areas as the wind carries their seeds or seedlings are planted. (Shutterstock)

How to move without legs or wings: Helping trees migrate to new regions

The rapidly changing climate presents many challenges for the sustainability of forest ecosystems. Assisting the migration of trees is a tool to address these challenges.
An old-growth tree that was cut in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Biden administration has called for protecting mature US forests to slow climate change, but it’s still allowing them to be logged

Protecting old and mature trees is the simplest and least expensive way to pull carbon out of the atmosphere – but proposed logging projects threaten mature stands across the US.

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