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Climate change, logging collide - and a forest shrinks

Looking down a hillside dotted with large stumps and nearly devoid of trees, a pair of retired U.S. Forest Service employees lamented logging policies they helped craft to deal with two harbingers of climate change - pine beetles and wildfires.

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Biodiversity

WA puts an end to native forest logging

Western Australia will end the logging of native forests from 2024 in a move that has been applauded by conservationists but will cost hundreds of jobs.

Justice

Highway cutting through Heart of Borneo poised to be ‘very, very bad’

New roads could fast-track development of a new "oil palm belt," with disastrous consequences for the wildlife and Indigenous peoples of Borneo, and for global climate, experts say.

Justice

A judge rebuked illegal RCMP tactics at Fairy Creek. They continue.

How to carry out civil disobedience, and witness it, has become a flash point in courts as well as frontlines.
Justice

Meet Cheakamus: the only community forest in B.C. to develop carbon offsets

The humble Cheakamus forest near Whistler is charting new territory when it comes to sustainable timber harvest that outlaws clearcuts, respects Indigenous governance and combats the climate emergency.

Justice

Police raid the hub for Fairy Creek blockaders

As activists in Victoria celebrated the anniversary of the blockade, RCMP officers worked to dismantle it.
thehill.com
Biodiversity

Jim Furnish: Forest Service putting national forests in peril

What the Forest Service is doing in the Black Hills reminds me of its tragic liquidation of mature and old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest.

thenarwhal.ca
Justice

RCMP treatment of media at Fairy Creek blockades: court case takeaways

Filings show the RCMP provided incorrect information both to journalists and to the court about media access to Fairy Creek
Climate

Biden reverses Trump rule on northern spotted owl habitat in Oregon, restoring protections

The threatened owl lives in the Pacific Northwest and has long been a symbol of the fight between environmentalists and loggers.
www.washingtonpost.com
Climate

As Bootleg Fire burns, conservative towns in Oregon question climate change

In a row of small conservative towns, the flames are unlike anything they’ve seen before. Instead of concerns over global warming, though, there is blame directed at environmentalists, marijuana farmers and potential looters.
e360.yale.edu
Justice

Indigenous Peruvians use smartphones to monitor deforestation

Forest loss there has been driven by illegal gold mining and logging, and by drug traffickers clearing trees to plant coca crops, which are used to make cocaine.

www.politico.com
Climate

Biden's BLM pick hit with new allegations from former investigator in tree-spiking case

Republican opposition to the nominee to lead the agency that oversees the nation's public lands is reaching a fever pitch.
www.nytimes.com
Climate

Biden to restore protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Former President Donald J. Trump invited mining and logging to a vast wilderness of bald eagles, black bears and 800-year-old trees. President Biden is reversing course.
Justice

An illegal gold rush is igniting attacks on Indigenous people in the Amazon

Indigenous communities and isolated tribes in Brazil are under threat as the government moves to legalize mining, logging, and industrial farming.

www.hakaimagazine.com
Climate

Survivor: Salmon Edition

Will different salmon species adapt before the climate votes them off the island?
From our Newsroom

We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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