Another week and another Forest Digest. See what’s happening in the world of trees:
- “Climate change accelerating death of Western forests” — USA Today
A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization shows that drought, insect pests and wildfire — forest threats exacerbated by climate change — are killing off millions of acres of the Rocky Mountain range’s pine and aspen forests.
- “Strategic Reforestation Could Be the Key to Fighting Ozone” — CityLab
Researchers studying ozone pollution in metro Houston, a region with bad air quality, believe they’ve found an answer to fighting pollution: Plant a lot of trees.
- “Peter Kareiva on Why the Ozone-Reforestation Study is Important” — The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy’s Peter Kareiva offers his perspective on the aforementioned ozone study, touching base on the social, health and economic benefits of mitigating ozone pollution through tree-planting initiatives.
- “Consumer Goods and Deforestation” — Forest Trends
A recent study by Forest Trends found that 49 percent of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture.