Global warming solutions

Can you imagine a safer, healthier fossil fuel-free future filled with more trees and cleaner ways to get around for your children and grandchildren? So can we. And we’re working together to make it happen.

To avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, from stronger storms to more frequent floods and worsening wildfires, it is clear that we need to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels such as methane, keep our old trees standing tall and transition to a zero-waste economy powered by clean, renewable energy. Fortunately, global warming solutions are all around us — we just need to use them.

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Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

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Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday signed a memorandum to clarify the U.S. Forest Service’s direction on climate policy. The memo, "Climate Resilience and Carbon Stewardship of America's National Forests and Grasslands," follows a recent White House executive order highlighting the importance of conserving mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a climate solution. The memo, which lays out “actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis”, falls short in meeting the ambition outlined in President Joe Biden’s order on old forests and trees. Secretary Vilsack acknowledges the role that older trees play in absorbing and storing carbon and supporting biodiversity. But he fails to outline a plan for his agency to protect mature and old-growth forests and trees from commercial logging. 

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Statement: The Home Depot shareholders take first step to protect forests

Forests

Statement: The Home Depot shareholders take first step to protect forests

Sixty-five percent of The Home Depot shareholders voted on Thursday to take a first step toward reducing the hardware giant's forest footprint. The proposal that passed directs the company to produce a report disclosing the company’s current impact on primary forests. The proposal also asks The Home Depot to determine steps it can take to eliminate both deforestation and degradation of primary forests from its supply chains. This action comes a month after The Home Depot’s chief rival, Lowe’s, voluntarily committed to undertaking similar measures. 

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Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections

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Natural Resources Committee to consider strengthening roadless area protections

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider the Roadless Area Conservation Act. Introduced in 2021 by Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Diana DeGette of Colorado, this bill would reinforce the landmark 2001 Roadless Rule, which was enacted under the Clinton administration. Indigenous leaders and conservation advocates expressed support for the Roadless Area Conservation Act because it will establish more permanent protections for critical forests, including the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.

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Conservation groups welcome Biden order on Climate Forests

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Conservation groups welcome Biden order on Climate Forests

On Friday, President Joe Biden will issue an executive order that directs federal agencies to conduct an inventory of mature and old-growth forests on America’s federal lands so that policies can be adopted to protect them. The administration framed the move as a key strategy to store carbon and address climate change. 

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Johanna
Neumann

Johanna
Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy, Environment America

Ellen
Montgomery

Ellen
Montgomery

Director, Public Lands Campaign, Environment America

Steve
Blackledge

Steve
Blackledge

Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign, Environment America

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