Forests

"Paris Climate Agreement Overlooks Wood Pellet Loophole"

"'This rule that was designed to prevent you from counting carbon twice has effectively become a rule in which no carbon is counted at all.'"

"With the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement, and with governments across the country evaluating how they can cut carbon emissions, a question remains about one contentious 'carbon neutral' energy source: wood pellets.

Source: EHN, 04/27/2021

"Regulators Rebuke PG&E For Neglect In Reducing Wildfire Risk"

"California regulators are stepping up their oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric after finding that the nation’s largest utility has neglected the maintenance of an electrical grid that has ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California and forced periodic blackouts affecting millions of people."

Source: AP, 04/16/2021

California Unveils Sweeping Wildfire Prevention Plan Amid Record Losses

"After the worst fire season in California history and as drought conditions raise fears of what’s to come, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders unveiled a $536-million proposal Thursday to boost efforts at firefighting and a variety of prevention measures, including vegetation management and the construction of fire-resistant structures across the state."

Source: LA Times, 04/12/2021

A Top US Seller of Carbon Offsets Starts Investigating Its Own Projects

"Following concerns that it is facilitating the sale of meaningless carbon credits to corporate clients, the Nature Conservancy says it’s conducting an internal review of its portfolio of carbon-offset projects. The nonprofit owns or has helped develop more than 20 such projects on forested lands mostly in the U.S., which generate credits that are purchased by such companies as JPMorgan Chase & Co., BlackRock Inc., and Walt Disney Co., which use them to claim large reductions in their own publicly reported emissions."

Source: Bloomberg Green, 04/07/2021

"California Is On The Brink Of Drought – Again. Is It Ready?"

"California is at the edge of another protracted drought, just a few years after one of the worst dry spells in state history left poor and rural communities without well water, triggered major water restrictions in cities, forced farmers to idle their fields, killed millions of trees, and fueled devastating megafires."

Source: Guardian, 04/07/2021

Parks Maintenance Fund Will Go To 165 Projects, Support 19K Jobs This Year

"The Interior Department said Friday that it will create nearly 19,000 jobs through improvement projects in national parks, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Indian Education schools through funding allocated last year from a bipartisan conservation bill."

Source: The Hill, 04/05/2021

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