Notes from a rare planet: WWF warns of massive forest loss

Deforestation

WWF warns of massive forest loss (UPI)

  • “More than 568 million acres of forest worldwide will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken.”
  • “‘We are squandering forests now by failing to sort out vital policy issues such as governance and economic incentives to keep forests standing,’ said Rod Taylor, WWF International Forests director, in a statement.”

Lung Association reports air quality gains, but warns many Americans still breathe dangerous air pollution (Climate Progress)

  • “Nevertheless, despite encouraging improvements in air quality, the fight for clean air is far from over. The American Lung Association has also found that over half of Americans still reside in counties that that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution and 1 in 17 Americans live in places with dangerous levels of ozone, short term, and long term particle pollution.”

White House announces plans to protect more waterways (Mother Nature Network)

  • “The EPA is expected to add thousands of miles of rivers and wetlands to list of places that need to be protected from pollution.”

U.S. halts Mojave Desert solar project over species concerns (The New York Times)

  • “The Bureau of Land Management this week said a larger number of the threatened tortoises would be killed by the project than originally anticipated in a biological assessment last year by the Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Are US floods, fires linked to climate change? (Mongabay)

  • “The short answer to the question of whether or not on-going floods in the US Midwest and fires in Texas are linked to a warming Earth is: maybe. The long answer, however, is that while it is difficult—some argue impossible—for scientists to link a single extreme weather event to climate change, climate models have long shown that extreme weather events will both intensify and become more frequent as the world continues to heat up. In other words, the probability of such extreme events increases along with global average temperature.”