Funding decisions under the federal program were largely driven by simplistic considerations, such as the cost of each tree, rather than benefits to threatened species.
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.
Australia has half as much forest as it did before colonisation. Restoring it can be hugely expensive. But new approaches can help
Over 50 fire ecologists across the Western U.S. took an unprecedented look at how forests in thousands of locations are recovering from fire in a changing climate. The results were alarming.
Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, has a chief heat officer, the first in Africa. She has her work cut out for her.
The Midwest had a lot of trees, but just a few species were responsible for the bulk of the carbon storage.
Plant the right trees in the right places – with the right fungal companions.
Plan to cut emissions quickly, use offsets sparingly and set broader goals for improving society.
Here’s what to look out for.
The pledge to end deforestation holds great potential, but Canada has some work ahead if it is to make meaningful progress on the new goal and stop ongoing forest and carbon loss.
The world is a much better place for the extra carbon being absorbed by forests, but it can never entirely offset emissions.
Paying attention to tree seed to enhance forest landscape restoration: new resources for Africa are available.
Planting a massive number of trees can help slow climate change, but it is only part of the solution.
“Will it become a wood again, how long will it take, which species will be in it?”
Carbon has overshadowed forests in climate policies, leading to practices that appear green but actually harm forests.
Planting trees can sometimes be a carbon-offset box-ticking exercise, but reforestation is a long-term commitment that supports communities, promotes biodiversity and tackles the climate emergency.
Large-scale tree-planting projects are politically popular and media-friendly, but without effective planning and long-term management, they can do more harm than good.
Even if they can’t save us from climate change, society still depends on forests.
Zero emission? Carbon neutral? Carbon negative? What does it mean to achieve ‘net-zero’ emissions?
Large areas targeted for forest restoration in Africa are covered by savanna and grassland, which provide important ecosystem services that would be lost should they be converted to forests.