Today’s Solutions: June 19, 2024

How the TREES initiative will

How the TREES initiative will help reverse deforestation in Africa

Among the global push for forestry, one African project stands out for its novel approach. Could the Trees for the Future (TREES) effort help to reverse deforestation and desertification? This innovative project, which promotes the conversion of monoculture landscapes into biodiverse forest Read More...

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This experimental "super forest" shows how to plant trees the right way

Reforesting our lands is key to safeguarding the future of Earth’s life-giving systems. However, it is of utmost importance to do it strategically in order to reap the most benefits out of planting trees. An experimental forest in England aims to showcase how to restore our forests the right Read More...

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IKEA buys land ravaged by hurricane to transform into forests

The Optimist Daily has shared several stories about the popular Swedish furniture company IKEA and its environmentally friendly initiatives such as its buyback and resell program, its pledge to stop using plastic packaging, its zero-waste vegetable cookbook, and its effort to sell renewable energy Read More...

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This startup fights deforestation with tree-planting drones

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, our planet loses 70,000 square kilometers of forested area every year. Since trees play a key role in combating the effects of climate change, it’s always reassuring to come across innovative projects that aim to restore green areas around Read More...

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This company takes drone-assisted reforestation to the next level

We’ve written about the use of drones for medical access, ecosystem restoration, and pollution-spotting, but Seattle-based DroneSeed has their own specific drone mission: reforesting after wildfires. The concept of using drones for reforestation isn’t new, but DroneSeed has perfected the Read More...

Refugees in Cameroon turn dese

Refugees in Cameroon turn desert camp into a lush forest

In 2014, thousands of refugees who were fleeing the violence linked to militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria came to Minawao, Cameroon, a desert region badly affected by climate change. Since 2014, almost 70,000 refugees had made the space their home, cutting down the last standing trees to support Read More...

A tree gets planted in Uganda

A tree gets planted in Uganda every time a baby is born 9,000 km away

In 2008, a tree-planting charity called the Size of Wales set off to plant a new tree in Wales for every baby born or adopted in order to offset carbon emissions. After reaching its national targets, the scheme extended its efforts to Mbale, a hilly, heavily deforested area of Eastern Uganda that Read More...

New IBM tool quantifies the am

New IBM tool quantifies the amount of carbon an individual tree sequesters

Although all trees sequester CO2 as they grow, not all of them do so equally. Depending on their type and their location, trees capture different amounts of carbon. In an effort to measure their exact climate benefits, IBM has developed an AI-based tool that precisely maps trees and shows how Read More...

California forest managers are

California forest managers are rethinking reforestation patterns to tackle wildfires

When a wildfire tears through a region, the first priority for conservationists is to begin replanting some of the habitat destroyed by the blazes, but in the face of climate change, some forest mangers are rethinking what this planting should look like. In Eldorado National Forest, researchers and Read More...

The UN draws up Paris-style st

The UN draws up Paris-style strategy with ambitious goals to protect the planet

The UN has set out a Paris-style strategy to halt biodiversity loss. Some of the ambitious goals of this plan, which was drawn up by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) include eliminating plastic pollution, protecting a minimum of 30 percent of the world’s oceans and land, and Read More...