Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90

Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died on Friday. He was 90. Cuban … More Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies at 90

The importance of reforestation… save forest means save our own place

The importance of reforestation… save forest means save our own place You’ve heard it before: Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change. To put it simply, trees store carbon, preventing it from entering the atmosphere, which means there are fewer greenhouse gases screwing with Earth’s climate. And, broadly speaking, that’s true. Planting trees is … More The importance of reforestation… save forest means save our own place

The importance of reforestation… save forest means save our own place

The importance of reforestation… save forest means save our own place You’ve heard it before: Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change. To put it simply,  trees  store carbon, preventing it from entering the atmosphere, which means there are fewer greenhouse gases screwing with Earth’s climate.                And, broadly speaking, that’s true. Planting trees is good for the planet. But it’s more complicated  than that.                                                                                           Research published this week took a finetoothed comb to the issue of forest management and reforestation. And the researchers found a major tangle: It turns out we’ve been planting the wrong trees, for a long time. And that choice of trees has actually been making climate change worse. And for nearly 250 years, forest managers have tended to prefer reforesting with more   “commercially valuable” and fastgrowing species of trees, like pines, spruce and beech trees.  Two of those three “preferred” species areconifers; more often than not,  they’d be used to reforest an area where broad leaved trees once stood.       According to the researchers, almost 400,000 square miles of broadleaf forest have been replaced  by conifers since roughly 1850. Choosing species for reforestation programs or community forestry in species-rich tropical rainforest ecosystems is a complex task. Reforestation objectives, social preferences, and ecological attributes must be balanced … More The importance of reforestation… save forest means save our own place