Afforestation

Could we reforest the Sahara desert ?

Is this the key to afforestation projects in arid or desert areas ? As hundreds of billion of trees have to be planted over the next decades to avert climate change, the question is of tremendous importance. As Cleantechnica reports, the Gulf state of Qatar is experimenting an interesting project – the Sahara Forest Project …

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A climate change to do list

Yesterday I published an lengthy article on how business leaders and elected representatives of the so-called ” developped countries ” are awakening slowly to the threat of climate change. While these are great news, we are still waiting for concrete actions that could actually have a chance to avoid catastrophes such as flooded cities, extreme …

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” Plant, baby, plant ” Episode 3 : Plant for the Planet

This is the third and final part of my ” Plant, baby, plant “.  After delving on agroforestry and urban forestry and their respective merits, I am finishing with the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign and its successor. After reading the first two articles, you might be more than willing to plant trees. It is time …

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Geoengineering : Seven extreme climate fixes

Given how the United States are burning, it is not extraordinary that National Geographic published in mid July on geoengineering, or if you prefer, solutions to alter directly our warming climate. Among those solutions are pumping up plankton, artificial volcanoes, seaweed farms (something new), biochar, greening the desert (see this post), cloud making ships and …

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World Water Day : focus on rainwater harvesting

Today is World Water Day. I would like to pick the occasion to write about access to water as 800 million people still lack it. A massive forty percent of the African population is still without it. Luckily, there are plenty of solutions, one of them is rainwater harvesting. An article [Fr] from the Syfia …

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UNEP : Twelve billion trees have been planted

Yes, you read that right : twelve (12!) billion trees have been planted within the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign. The landmark was reached in November in Kenya. (Was it an homage to Wangari Maathai ?) To the official website : ” China is the leading participating country, having planted a total of 2.8 billion trees under …

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Stopping deforestation by 2020 is nearly possible

To the WWF : “ It’s possible to reduce deforestation to near zero by 2020, but delaying action to save forests by even a decade means double the area of forests lost by 2030 “ ” The report finds that reducing deforestation to near zero would also bring global emissions from forest destruction close to …

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The legacy of Wangari Maathai

You might not have read this name before, and this despite the six times it has been featured on my blog but Wangari Maathai – who died on Sunday at the age of 71 – was a famous environmentalist, well-known for her Green Belt Movement. This is also why she was awarded the Nobel Peace …

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Forests are more important on climate change

To Sustainablog : ” It turns out we’ve been underestimating the benefits created by forests in the last case: a new study published in Science shows that “Forests play an even greater role in Earth’s climate system than previously known.” ” According to an AP report on the study, “Wooded areas across the planet soak …

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