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2021 Must Be a Turning Point for Forests. 2020 Data Shows Us Why

Data on forest loss in 2020 shows that this next year will be pivotal to protecting forests and mitigating climate change.

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Primary Rainforest Destruction Increased 12% from 2019 to 2020

2020 tree cover loss data reveals the world lost 4.2 million hectares of primary rainforests last year— an area the size of the Netherlands.

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New Global Maps Estimate Forest Carbon Fluxes in Unprecedented Detail

What you need to know about how GFW’s carbon flux data was created and how it differs from the other estimates out there.

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Forests Absorb Twice as Much Carbon as They Emit Each Year

New data maps global carbon flux in forests, letting us quantify CO2 emissions and sequestration in local forests or countries to continents.

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Young Forests Capture Carbon Quicker than Previously Thought

New research shows natural forest regrowth, as opposed to reforestation by tree planting, can capture more carbon dioxide from the air than previously thought.

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6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires

Increased emissions lead to higher temperatures and more fire-prone conditions. More fires mean more emissions, fueling rapid climate change.

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Climate Change Will Alter Forests as We Know Them

Fires, pest infestations and stunted tree growth— climate change could have big negative impacts on the forests we know and depend upon.

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Intense Boreal Forest Fires a Climate Concern

The Chuckegg Creek wildfire sparked in the province of Alberta, Canada on May 12, 2019. Over the next three months, the blaze burned across 280,000 hectares, forcing more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes. On the Global Forest Watch(GFW) Fires platform, bright red fire alerts were visible blossoming out across the landscape. Chuckegg Creek […]

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4 Things to Know About Australia’s Wildfires and Their Impacts on Forests

Australia’s bush fires are the worst in the country’s recorded history. Already, millions of acres have burned, creating dangerous levels of air pollution, displacing nearly 90,000 people and killing a billion animals. Global Forest Watch Fires sheds light on what’s happening in Australia and the impacts fires could have: 1) Australia’s fires are seriously unprecedented. The number of fire alerts in […]

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A Carbon-Neutral Land Sector by 2040? Here’s How to Get There

The 1.5 mark holds special resonance in the climate struggle. In the Paris Agreement, Parties agreed to try to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius for the best chance at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. This August, a special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change unveiled another 1.5 mark: temperatures over land have already risen […]

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Hundreds of US Communities are Making Climate Action Plans, but Few Include Forests

Hundreds of communities across the US are developing ambitious climate action plans to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but most overlook a critical piece of the puzzle: trees. Across the US, forests and trees offset 13 percent of national emissions. With improved conservation, restoration and land management, that number could jump to 21 percent. […]

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Forests in the IPCC Special Report on Land Use: 7 Things to Know

The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems has just been released.  One thing you don’t see in the title is any reference to “forests” or “deforestation.” As in much of the summary of the report itself, forests are swept into the broader […]