28 Apr '11, 8am

How to Save Forests ... Without Planting a Tree

Arbor Day is the day when we focus on trees — appreciating them, talking about them, but most of all planting them. Don't get us wrong. There are many benefits of planting trees , including increased property values, cleaner air and water, and reduced home energy costs. The tips in this feature are a little different. In many cases they're easier than planting a tree — and they may even do more to preserve forests, both local and global, than planting a tree would. At least 20% of global forests have been lost in the last 150 years, and the pace of deforestation is growing in many parts of the world, with a number of serious consequences. Deforestation stands next to burning fossil fuel among major causes of climate change (living forests store carbon, whereas burning or clear-cutting them releases carbon), and the loss of forests is pushing many species toward extinction ...

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