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San Francisco Chronicle (September 14)

2020/ 09/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Recent research shows that warmer weather and less precipitation has more than doubled the frequency of autumn days with extreme fire danger in California. The situation is expected to worsen.” Tackling climate change would help as would better forest management, but climate change complicates thinning the forests. “The state’s fire season has grown by an estimated 75 days in recent decades,” narrowing the window then “crews can safely light fires to manage forest health.”

 

The Economist (August 3)

2019/ 08/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Still a livelihood for 1.5bn people, forests maintain local and regional ecosystems and, for the other 6.2bn, provide a—fragile and creaking—buffer against climate change. Now droughts, wildfires and other human-induced changes are compounding the damage from chainsaws. In the tropics, which contain half of the world’s forest biomass, tree-cover loss has accelerated by two-thirds since 2015; if it were a country, the shrinkage would make the tropical rainforest the world’s third-biggest carbon-dioxide emitter, after China and America.”

 

Economist (September 23)

2010/ 09/ 27 by jd in Global News

There is hope for the world’s forests. Nations known for chopping down trees “have started to hug them.” For example, Brazil’s deforestation rate dropped from 2.8 million hectares in 2004 to 750,000 hectares in 2009. The “progress made in recent years shows that mankind is not doomed to strip the planet of its forest cover.” Yet the change “is not happening fast enough,” leading the Economist to call for quick action.

 

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