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Coverage of afforestation since November 29, 2021.

In forestry, true impact means more than just planting seeds

"...As a professional forester with 13 years of experience in the field, I have designed and implemented various ecosystem-based projects and restored critical habitats across Western Canada. I have seen firsthand the tremendous benefits that come from holistic restoration where foresters build and execute a plan. This includes decompacting soils while building micro-habitats for future tree seedlings to reach water and nutrients, controlling highly-competitive vegetation such as grasses or noxious weeds that limit or preclude tree seedling survival, and strategically placing diverse species suitable for the region and changing climate..."


CO2 removal gap shows countries lack progress for 1.5C warming limit

"...The study, published in Nature Climate Change, quantifies the CDR gap the difference between the amount of CDR included in national climate plans and what would be needed to limit warming to 1. 5C..."


Guest post: Heavy use of CO2 removal would trigger high sustainability risks

"...Yet the large-scale deployment of land-based CDR could come with major challenges. These include significant ecological and societal risks particularly to biodiversity loss, food security, freshwater use and human rights, among others which have not been comprehensively assessed..."


Cropped 11 October 2023: Amazon dolphin deaths; EU agri round-up; Exploitative carbon offsets

"...In the fortnight since Carbon Briefs week-long special, carbon-offset projects have come under further scrutiny. Bloomberg reported that Dubai-based Blue Carbon signed a deal to generate carbon credits from about a fifth of Zimbabwes landmass. Separately, a joint Climate Home News and Unearthed investigation found that projects in Cambodia and Brazil were selling carbon offsetsdespite an uptick in deforestation..."


Report calls for B.C. leadership to boost carbon dioxide removal strategies

"...“Achieving our climate goals generally will require everyone to work together,” Todd said over the phone, referring to provinces and cities working in tandem with the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions..."


Conservatives slam the carbon tax for adding to inflation, but fail to mention its rebates

"...However, the greatest deception is the failure to mention the rebates on the carbon tax. These are called Climate Action Incentive (CAI) payments and are now delivered to Canadian households every three months. The incentive payments vary between provinces, but I will use my home province of Alberta as an example..."


What makes a good carbon offset? Exploring offset project value through the Carbon Offset Evaluation Template

"...Carbon offsets are developed to evidence the achievement of project-based emissions reductions, for use in voluntary markets serving corporate and retail consumers, and for compliance markets needed to achieve emissions reductions for use by emitters covered under government-mandated systems. Projects meet different offset protocols or standards, which are validated and verified by an accredited third-party. Carbon offset projects fall into a variety of categories, including transportation, energy efficiency, fuel switch, afforestation and reforestation, biomass energy, improved forest management, recycling, landfill gas capture, and waste diversion..."


Green shoots of the hydrogen economy

"...In order to get to 100 per cent hydrogen distribution, there are other issues beyond the regulatory challenges. Hydrogen can cause a phenomenon known as stress corrosion cracking. This is a major concern for high-pressure steel pipeline infrastructure used in the backbone network..."


A ripple effect: How a conservationists legacy led to the creation of Saskatoons secret forest

"...It was here, as an affiliate of Emmanuel College, that he recognized for the first time the dangers of wind erosion and the value of trees in preventing the formation of deserts and their advance into the grasslands and forests, vice president of research, B. W. Currie, said during the presentation..."


Creating more problems

"...The IPCC states that forests definitely have a role to play in capturing carbon, but that afforestationcreating new forestsis less important than stopping deforestation..."


Using land to tackle climate change could have adverse impacts on global hunger

"...The researchers focus their study on three land-based mitigation measures: afforestation, bioenergy crops and cutting non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions such as methane and nitrous oxides. They use a mitigation strategy consistent with RCP2. 6 an emissions scenario in which global warming stays below 2C above pre-industrial levels..."


Avoiding temperature overshoot reduces multiple climate change risks, say scientists

"...Many of these pathways rely on a combination of overshoots and negative emissions also known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR). These include measures to enhance the natural carbon sinks such as afforestation, reforestation and the conservation of degraded marine and coastal habitats. They can also include technologies such as direct air capture, in which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, in which bioenergy crops are grown and then burned for energy, and the resulting emissions stored underground..."


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Conserving American Forests With Carbon Revenues with Sarah Ford & Jessica Bakowski (Part 2 of 2)

"...To explain how this may be possible, Sarah Ford, Chief Forestry Officer, and Jessica Bakowski, New England Regional Forester, both of Forest Carbon Works, presented Conserving American Forests With Carbon Revenues. They reviewed forest conservation, climate mitigation, and legacy building, and then talked about carbon program options for U. S..."


Offsetting the future with Kai Landwehr

"...Emissions are reduced thereby replacing fossil energy resources with renewable energies, and by implementing local afforestation measures with smallholder farmers and energy-efficient technologies..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about afforestation relevant to the latest news.

Pathways to achieving nature-positive and carbon?neutral land use and food systems in Wales

"...In contrast, the land use and agricultural sector became a net carbon sink in both the land sparing and land sharing pathways, through high afforestation targets, peatland restoration, reducing food waste and moving towards a healthier diet..."


Potential long-term, global effects of enhancing the domestic terrestrial carbon sink in the United States through no-till and

"...Here, we use an integrated energy-economy-land-climate model to comprehensively assess the global land, trade, and emissions impacts of an adoption of domestic no-till farming and cover cropping practices based on carbon pricing..."


Meta-analysis shows the impacts of ecological restoration on greenhouse gas emissions

"...Our findings suggest that afforestation, reforestation, rewetting drained wetlands, and restoring degraded grasslands through grazing exclusion, reducing grazing intensity, or converting croplands to grasslands can effectively mitigate greenhouse gas emissions..."


Careful selection of forest types in afforestation can increase carbon sequestration by 25% without compromising sustainability

"...At the same time, if implemented inappropriately at a large scale, afforestation would worsen the economy, food, and land systems due to decreased land efficiency in carbon removal compared to bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, leading to increased land expansion for carbon removal, higher food prices, and increased risk of hunger..."


Taxonomic and community composition of epigeal arthropods in monoculture and mixed tree species plantations in a deciduous fore

"...Tropical forests provide several ecosystem services and functions and support approximately two-thirds of the world?s biodiversity but are seriously threatened by deforestation..."


Carbon sequestration and emission mitigation potential of afforestation and reforestation of unproductive territories

"...The purpose of this study was to assess the potential for carbon sequestration in the ecosystem and in harvested wood products, and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation, following the application of afforestation/reforestation strategies on unproductive lands in the Province of Quebec over an 80-year long period (2021?2101), using the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forester Sector 3..."


Afforestation increases microbial diversity in low-carbon soils

"...Afforestation has an important role in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function improvement..."


Forest carbon removal potential and sustainable development in Japan

"...This study predicted Japan?s forest CO2 removal by afforestation and forest management and its monetary value until 2042 from national to gridded level, with statistical data and complementary satellite data products, and explored how that CO2 removal will contribute to sustainable development under the inclusive wealth (IW) framework..."


The opportunities and challenges associated with developing rubber plantations as carbon sinks in China

"...It also examines influencing factors such as tree age, global climate change, and human disturbance, as well as improvement pathways including afforestation, fertilisation, irrigation, and tapping, and evaluation methods like field surveys, positional observations, remote sensing monitoring, and model simulation..."


Land Cover Implications on Ecosystem Service Delivery: a Multi-Scenario Study of Trade-offs and Synergies in River Basins

"...To fill this gap, we assessed the interplay among six ES: climate regulation, habitat creating and maintaining species diversity, cultivated crops, regulation of the chemical condition of freshwaters by living processes (water quality), water yield, and control of erosion rates, within three river basins in northwest Portugal..."


Effectiveness of Billion Trees Tsunami Afforestation Projects in restoration of forests in Pakistan

"...The factors behind that this high deforestation rate is numerous including socio-economic transformation after the major political change during the 1970s in the mountainous areas of Pakistan, demographic changes, accessibility improvements, and land use changes..."