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This week, the United States and Costa Rica encouraged non-profit organizations to submit proposals for programs funded by the debt-for-nature swap between the countries. Debt-for-nature swaps allow portions of developing countries’ debt to be forgiven in exchange for local investment in conservation efforts.

Tennessee and North Carolina received 1,684 acres of additional public land. This addition exemplifies how federal, state and local officials can work together, and will protect waters in the South Holston Lake in Tennessee, which provides drinking water to residents.

  • Designing a zoo exhibit for the Cotton-top Tamarin first drew Rosamira Guillen back to her native Colombia, but the squirrel-sized monkey eventually led her to collaborate with the Rainforest Trust to protect land for the tamarin and many of its neighbors.


“More than 47,000 wildfires have burned more than 8 million acres across the country,” reports CBS. The smoke creates an unhealthy atmosphere for humans, and the Forest Service has spent more than $2.1 billion this year putting out wildfires. The question is whether this intensity of fire is understood to be “the new normal.”

“This is a tale of two forests, Densetown and Stumptown, whose paths diverged after a succession of wildfires. One illustrates the historic resilience of the dense Yellowstone pinelands; the other portends a much sparser future for these forests under climate change,” writes The New York Times. Comparing these two fire-swept groves, the New York Times investigates the uncertain future of Yellowstone National Park.