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REDD in the news: 15-21 July 2019

REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, and REDD. For regular updates, follow @reddmonitor on Twitter.

15 July 2019

A Financial Architecture for Global Carbon Sinks: A New Forestry Investment Strategy
By David Brand, Ecosystem Marketplace, 15 July 2019
Imagine an asset class that has low correlation with other major asset classes; positive correlation with inflation; and generally good returns relative to risk and volatility. Imagine that the underlying assets are perpetual in nature, with continuing cash yield once properly managed. What if I suggested that same asset class can provide an important contribution to addressing global challenges like climate change, biodiversity conservation, ensuring fresh water supply, and rural economic development? It might sound too good to be true, but that asset class is forestry.

Colombia registers first drop in deforestation since 2016 FARC peace deal
By Taran Vokckjausen, Mongaby, 15 July 2019
Colombia has registered its first drop in deforestation since the country’s historic 2016 peace deal with former FARC guerrillas closed a chapter on a half-century of armed conflict but also caused rapidly accelerating forest loss in remote regions of the country.
The country’s meteorological institute IDEAM released a report based on satellite images showing 198,000 hectares (489,269 acres) of forest were cut down in 2018, a 10 percent drop compared to 2017 when it recorded 220,000 hectares (543,632 acres) lost.

[New Zealand] Conservation comment: Pine trees cast shadow of death over NZ native plants and animals
By Mike Cranstone, New Zealand Herald, 15 July 2019
New Zealand has always been challenged to move from commodity mass production to targeting higher value, whether it be in agriculture, tourism or our manufacturing businesses.
In this country’s frantic race to deliver on a throw-away election comment of 1 billion trees, we seem to be chasing numbers and not quality.
Hundreds of thousands of hectares of productive farmland is being removed from livestock production by investors chasing a potential windfall from a speculated rising carbon price.

[UK] Climate change: Used cooking oil imports may fuel deforestation
By Matt McGrath, BBC News, 15 July 2019
Imports of a “green fuel” source may be inadvertently increasing deforestation and the demand for new palm oil, a study says.
Experts say there has been a recent boom in the amount of used cooking oil imported into the UK from Asia.
This waste oil is the basis for biodiesel, which produces far less CO2 than fossil fuels in cars.
But this report is concerned that the used oil is being replaced across Asia with palm oil from deforested areas.

[USA] Climate change is worsening wildfires, new study highlights
By E.A. Crunden, Climate Progress, 15 July 2019
New research this week provides fresh evidence about the connection between climate change and wildfires, specifically in California, where experts say global warming is a key factor in the state’s deadly and increasingly devastating fire seasons.
The findings coincide with an already-vicious wildfire season in parts of North America, including on the West Coast and in parts of Canada. One state garnering particular attention is Alaska, where a major heat wave has been linked to many of the fires that have hit the state this year.

16 July 2019

Why is land such an important source of power for indigenous and community women? Four experts weigh in
By Lindsay Bigda, Rights and Resources Initiative, 16 July 2019
Indigenous and local community women play crucial roles as household and forest managers, food providers, and leaders of rural enterprises—and make invaluable contributions toward global sustainable development and climate goals. The evidence is clear that securing their rights to community lands offers a promising path toward prosperity and sustainability in the forested and rural areas of the world. Yet these rights remain constrained by unjust laws and practices, and the voices of these women are consistently underrepresented in decision-making processes at all levels.

Most big companies fail to report role in deforestation, charity says
By Matthew Green, Reuters, 16 July 2019
Most big companies are failing to report the damage their operations are doing to forests despite committing to lighten their footprint under wider efforts to tackle climate change, according to a report published on Tuesday.
CDP, a charity which says it works with institutional investors with assets of $96 trillion, said 70% of 1,500 large companies failed to provide data on their impact on forests in response to its queries last year.
“The silence is deafening when it comes to the corporate response to deforestation,” said Morgan Gillespy, global director of forests at CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The Chain: BlackRock’s Palm Oil Engagement Shows Limitations of Passive Funds in Sustainable Investments
Chain Reaction Research, 16 July 2019
BlackRock’s recent statement that it is engaging with palm oil companies to better understand the industry’s challenges related to biodiversity and deforestation marked the first public acknowledgement from the firm of ESG risks associated with this sector. “Our engagements were part of an ongoing, multi-year effort to further our understanding of, and encourage companies to better address, the environmental and social risks associated with the palm oil industry,” the company’s stewardship department said. Despite its acknowledgment of palm oil’s connection to various ESG issues, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with USD 6.5 trillion under management and the top ETF provider, did not articulate a specific vision on how to address the myriad risks that investors in the palm oil sector face going forward. With investor money predominantly gravitating to BlackRock’s passive funds, the company’s engagement with the palm oil industry underscores the limitations of passive funds integrating ESG criteria and accelerating sector-wide advances in sustainability.

Environmentalists put more pressure on Cargill to slow forest-to-farm movement in Brazil
By Kristen Leigh Painter,, 16 July 2019
Pressure is mounting on Cargill Inc. to do more for native vegetation in Brazil, South America’s food powerhouse.
Environmental groups want the Minnetonka, Minn.-based grain trader and food processor to intervene in the clearing of habitats in the Cerrado region of central and southern Brazil, particularly for soybean production, as it did previously in the Amazon region in that country’s north.

Trade deal binds Brazil to Paris Agreement, says top EU official
Climate Home News, 16 July 2019
The top EU trade official defended the blockbuster deal between the bloc and major South American partners on Wednesday, insisting it binds Brazil to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In an interview with AFP, Cecilia Malmström said the EU-Mercosur treaty was a “good deal that does not sacrifice” European agriculture, hailing one of the last agreements under her mandate, which ends on October 31, after those reached with Japan and Canada.

Congo Basin: Unraveling the past to predict the future
By Gloria Pallares, CIFOR Forests News, 16 July 2019
Congolese researchers Chadrack Kafuti and Nestor Luambua know what it takes to get into the least-known tropical forest in the world. Inhaling the warm and steamy air, plastic boots enable them to cross streams and fend-off the highly venomous green mamba snake; a wool bonnet prevents swarms of flies from forcing their way into ears, eyes and mouth; and a hard work helmet protects them from tumbling ripe fruits and rotten branches.

Thousands evacuated as forest fire bears down on Croatia music festival
By Gianluca Mezzofiore and Hira Humayun, CNN, 16 July 2019
Thousands of people had to be evacuated from a music festival in Croatia after a forest fire erupted near the venue Monday night, forcing the cancellation of acts including the US rapper Tyga.
Performances will continue as scheduled Tuesday afternoon, according to Fresh Island Festival’s Facebook page.
Attendees have been warned to stay on the roads while traveling to the festival and to not venture into the wooded areas.

France forest fires: Thousands of tourists evacuated from campsites popular with Brits
ByPeter Allen and Abigail O’Leary, The Mirror, 16 July 2019
Camping sites popular with thousands of British holidaymakers have been evacuated in the South of France because of forest fires.
More than 2,500 men, women and children were moved away from Argeles-sur-Mer, near Perpignan, and close to the Spanish border.
A spokesman for the rescue operation said: “It was a precautionary measure, and no injuries were reported.”
They added evacuations had started on Monday afternoon.

[Indonesia] Forest fires seared through 30,477 thousand hectares area in July
Antara News, 16 July 2019
Forest fires had consumed a total of 30,477 hectares of area as of July 2019, Agus Wibowo, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), stated.
Forest and bush fires engulfed the provinces of Aceh, Riau, Jambi, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and West Papua, Wibowo remarked here on Tuesday.
Forest fires devastated a total of 27,683 hectares of area in Riau, 2,274 hectares in West Kalimantan, 236 hectares in South Sumatra, 142 hectares in Aceh, 58 hectares in West Papua, 53 hectares in South Kalimantan, 27 hectares in Central Kalimantan, and four hectares in Jambi.

Indonesian president warns of long dry season, potential forest fires
Reuters, 16 July 2019
Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered ministers and regional heads to take anticipative steps to mitigate risks of crop failure and forest fire due to the El Nino dry weather phenomenon this year.
Widodo said in a cabinet meeting that the dry season was expected to peak in August to September and some areas in Java and Bali had not have rain for 61 days, according to a statement published by the Cabinet Secretary late on Monday.

[Nigeria] Gov. Ayade declares Green Holiday for planting 1m trees
PM News, 16 July 2019
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has declared July 30th every year, starting from 2019, as a public holiday for the planting of one million trees in a ceremony known as the Green Carnival.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita on Wednesday in Calabar, quoted the governor as explaining that setting aside a day for tree planting “underscores our readiness for the REDD+ and commitment to forest conservation and management.”

Pakistan seeks to earn millions on carbon credits from ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ project
By Aamir Saeed, Arab News, 16 July 2019
Cash-strapped Pakistan, struggling to bolster depleted public finances, hopes to earn much-needed hard currency by selling UN-backed carbon offsets from a massive reforestation project named the Billion Tree Tsunami, the climate change ministry said on Tuesday.

[Pakistan] Reviewing climate change
Business Recorder, 16 July 2019
Pakistan stands fairly low on the carbon footprint scale relative to its peers in the region. However, as the monsoon arrives, threat of flash flooding heightens in the country; the country is among those that are severely prone to climatic changes be it the floods or draught; heatwaves or earth quakes – 7th to be exact in global climate fallout.

Peruvian smallholders become the largest group to obtain FSC forest management certification in Latin America
FSC, 16 July 2019
104 Peruvian smallholders, producing cocoa, coffee and other organic products, have obtained FSC Forest Management certification.
The smallholders, located in the region of San Martin in Peru, are the first group of smallholders of that size to become certified in Latin America.
This commitment of small producers to sustainable forestry contributing to reduce the pressure of agroforestry on forests, is a positive example that it is possible to achieve both the growth of the agricultural frontier and the supply of sustainable wood despite present challenges. The new certification covers over 1,100 hectares (ha) of forests, of which only about 190 ha are for planted crops.

[USA] California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change
By Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 16 July 2019
On a hot July evening last year, a rancher tried to use a hammer and stake to plug a wasp’s nest. The hammer slipped, a spark flew, and a patch of dry grass ignited, according to the Los Angeles Times. Within minutes, the brush fire fed on bone-dry conditions and became too big to control.

[USA] Nature Conservancy Brokers Huge Land Deal
By Sandy Hausman, WVTF, 16 July 2019
The Nature Conservancy has announced a surprising business deal that could protect a quarter of a million acres of forest in southwest Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The not-for-profit has lined up investors willing to spend over $120 million and let scientists manage it.
The land in question is important to birds and animals that migrate from northern Alabama to Canada, so the Nature Conservancy found investors willing to buy it. They also agreed to let the organization manage the forests – to make money for them in ways that are good for wildlife and water quality.

17 July 2019

[Australia] Green groups accuse Chevron of ‘deliberate mismanagement’ of its own carbon storage project
By Nick Kilvert, ABC news, 17 July 2019
Chevron has “deliberately mismanaged” its carbon sequestration project at the Gorgon gas facility in Western Australia in order to avoid its environmental commitments, a WA conservation group has alleged.

Carbon credit costs soar as EU toughens stance on environment
By Nikou Asgari, Financial Times, 17 July 2019
Carbon prices have soared to a record high as polluters and speculative investors scramble for credits amid an environmental crackdown from the EU.
The price of one carbon credit allocated under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme — a 14-year-old project to cut greenhouse gas emissions across the region — has risen almost one-fifth this year and hit a record €29.27 this week, double the level of January last year.

[Indonesia] Military readies six command posts to prevent land, forest fires
Antara News, 17 July 2019
The Indonesian military (TNI) has set up six command posts to prevent land and forest fires in Bulu Nipis Village, Kampar District, Riau Province.
“This is part of the land and forest fire disaster mitigation efforts under the jurisdiction of the District Military Command 0313/KPR,” Commander of the district military 06/SH Captain Hadi Prayitno noted in a statement released on Wednesday.
Establishment of the six command posts, involving the local people, coincided with the implementation of TNI’s community service program called TNI Manunggal Membangun Desa (TMMD 105) in Kampar District.

[Indonesia] Forest fires flare up again in parts of Sarawak
By Stephen Then, The Star, 17 July 2019
Two places in Roban district and Samarahan district in southern Sarawak are seeing wildfires flaring up again.
In Roban, it was reported that Scheme Rumbia Agriculture Farm, measuring 210ha, was seeing wildfires within the estate area.
Some 70ha of the place had been razed since the fires started on Tuesday (July 16), said Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its updates.

Indonesia: forest fires sear through 30,477 hectares
VNA, 17 July 2019
Fires had destroyed a total of 30,477 hectares of forests in Indonesia as of July 2019, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
Agus Wibowo, spokesman of the agency, said forest and bush fires engulfed eight Indonesian provinces.

Climate Change: Kenya promises to work with CSOs
Africa Science News, 17 July 2019
The Ministry of Environment has promised support for all the work by CSOs and indigenous people geared towards enriching the environment.
Speaking today when he opened the Regional Dialogue for Indigenous Peoples and Southern CSOs, Kenyan Forestry and Environment Minister Keriako Tobiko praised the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Executive Director Mithika Mwenda and encouraged him to continue fighting climate change effects through many fronts, including by working with the Government.

We are planting trees everywhere: Q&A with Madagascar’s environment minister
By Malavika Vyawahare, Mongabay, 17 July 2019
In 2008 Alexandre Georget, Madagascar’s current environment minister, helped found the country’s first green party, Vert Hasin’i Madagasikara. He did so with his then wife, Saraha Rabeharisoa, to bring attention to pressing environmental issues that plague the sprawling island nation, 90 percent of whose plant and animal species are found nowhere else on Earth.

[Spain] The loss of biodiversity comes at a price
University of Córdoba press release, 17 July 2019
Almost 300,000€ is what the Doñana fire cost in terms of biodiversity, according to an estimate done by a University of Cordoba research group. The fire occurred in 2017 and destroyed about 8,500 hectares, most of which were part of Doñana National Park, home to a number of emblematic species. The fire destroyed the habitat of a group of Iberian lynxes, one of the most symbolic endangered species on the Iberian Peninsula. These lynxes had to escape and move to another home. The breeding grounds for the Iberian lynxes in El Acebuche also had to evacuate its animals, one of which, a female, died from stress endured during the capture and transport.

[USA] Could biochar, farm trees solve climate crisis?
St Albert Today, 17 July 2019
Researcher Michael Carson pulls a strange silver box out of his truck and tromps out into a farmer’s field about halfway between Morinville and Legal.
“This is probably the worst site for mosquitoes,” he notes, as about a zillion of them swarm him.
Moments later, he puts the box on the ground, flips a switch, sticks a syringe through a rubber seal in the box, and sucks out some air. He and his teammates will repeat this process about 240 times every other week this summer at experimental sites like this one around Edmonton, all in an attempt to see how farms could help stop the global climate crisis.

18 July 2019

ICAO/FAO Initiative Links Soil Management to Reduced Emissions in the Aviation Sector
By Wangu Mwangi, IISD, 18 July 2019
Despite technological and operational improvements planned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the international aviation sector, which contributes to 1.3% of global anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, is not on track to meet its emissions reduction targets. The proposed Recarbonization of Global Soils (RECSOIL) Facility aims to curb aviation sector CO2 emissions by supporting farming practices that boost soil organic carbon (SOC) for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

What’s the right carbon price for reforestation?
by Augusta Dwyer, CIFOR Landscape News, 18 July 2019
Scientists and environmentalists have long been aware that the reforestation of degraded land offers an effective, large-scale method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in biomass and soils.
But how much would it cost to get even more people to reforest? A recent paper in Nature Climate Change works out what potential carbon prices could mean for carbon sequestration through reforestation and reduced deforestation. It then runs the numbers up against other methods scientists are currently using to reduce our carbon footprint, such as negative-emissions technologies (NETs).

The Trillion Tree Solution
By Michael Brune, Medium, 18 July 2019
I’ve got a confession. Like a lot of people, I suffer from a mild version of what botanists call “tree blindness.” Sure, I can tell an oak from a gingko, but most of the hundreds of varieties of trees that grow here in Northern California remain, to me, just trees.
I couldn’t help but think about how we take trees for granted when I read about new research that found that planting a lot more of them could reduce climate pollution. Scientists examined areas around the globe where we could reforest and figured out that, even after you exclude agricultural and urban lands, we have room for another 1 trillion trees. For reference, the planet currently has about 3 trillion — which is only about half of what existed before human civilization. What’s more, adding back 1 trillion trees, it’s calculated, could capture up to 25% of global annual carbon emissions.

Satellite Images Show Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire
By Brian Kahn, Earther Gizmodo, 18 July 2019
Vast stretches of Earth’s northern latitudes are on fire right now. Hot weather has engulfed a huge portion of the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland to Siberia. That’s helped create conditions ripe for wildfires, including some truly massive ones burning in remote parts of the region that are being seen by satellites.
Pierre Markuse, a satellite imagery processing guru, has documented some of the blazes attacking the forests and peatlands of the Arctic. The imagery reveals the delicate landscapes with braided rivers, towering mountains, and vast swaths of forest, all under a thick blanket of smoke.

[Australia] Petition opposing carbon offset program presented to council
By Howard Salkow, Newsport, 18 July 2019
Douglas Shire Council has been presented with a petition opposing its Healthy Reef Partnership with Qantas Future Planet, GreenCollar and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD). The petition attracted more than 670 signatories.
A Council spokesperson confirmed today that the petition had been received and Council will be reviewing its contents over the next few days.

Brazil deforestation soars in July, threatening EU trade deal
By Jake Spring, Reuters, 18 July 2019
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest accelerated in the first half of July, outstripping the full month last year and raising red flags for a regional trade deal with the European Union.
Over 1,000 square kilometers of the jungle were cleared in the first 15 days of July – already a 68% increase from all of July 2018 – according to preliminary satellite data from Brazil’s state-run National Institute for Space Research.

Climate change is making wildfires in Canada bigger, hotter and more dangerous
By Stephen Maher, Macleans, 18 July 2019
On May 30, the morning that Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney planned a news conference to take credit for repealing the provincial carbon tax he inherited from the NDP, Edmontonians woke up to discover their city covered in a thick yellow blanket of foul-smelling smoke.
By the end of the day, Environment Canada had issued air-quality alerts for most of the province. In Edmonton, the air measured 10-plus on a scale of one to 10, meaning it posed a “very high” health risk.

Colombia’s youth fighting for the Amazon — in the courts and on the streets
By Caroline Mila, DW, 18 July 2019
At just 9 years old, Aymara Cuevas is part of a group of children and young people in Colombia fighting to protect the Amazon rainforest. “I joined the action because the Amazon is a very beautiful place with water, species, animals, tribes, and if we cut [down] the trees we are leaving them without a home,” she told DW.
She is one of 25 plaintiffs — 11 of whom are under the age of 18 — taking action in the country’s courts. In April 2018, the group successfully sued the Colombian government for failing to protect the Amazon rainforest. But they’ve learned this victory was just the beginning: more than a year later, they’re again holding the government accountable, this time for failing to act on the Supreme Court’s decision.

[EU] Carbon trading companies use loophole to dodge hard Brexit fallout
By Crina Boros, The Canary, 18 July 2019
British greenhouse gas emissions traders and producers are increasingly moving their carbon credits into European accounts to bypass EU penalties and protect their interests in case of a no-deal Brexit, The Canary has learned. This legal loophole will allow them to carry on trading emission allowances if Britain crashes out of the EU.

Norway may pay Suriname to preserve forests
By Bert Wilkinson, Amsterdam News, 18 July 2019
Back in 2009, Guyana and Norway signed off on a novel deal for a Caribbean Community country, under which that oil and gas-rich European nation would provide Guyana with millions in grant aid to preserve its standing stock of rainforest.
The terms had provided for Norway to pay up to $250 million to not only push Guyana to preserve its rainforest but to also help the region’s largest member state to slowly convert its economy from fossil dependence to cleaner alternative sources like solar and hydropower.

UK launches taskforce to address supply chain impacts
Trase, 18 July 2019
The UK Government has launched its new Global Resource Initiative Taskforce, which has a remit to work with companies, and governments in producer and intermediary companies to establish the UK as a leader on supply chain sustainability and reduce deforestation.

US Govt opposes attempt by co-conspirator of Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow to secure new trial
By Maria Nikolova, FinanceFeeds, 18 July 2019
About a month after James Moore, a co-conspirator of Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow, filed his motion for a new trial with the New York Southern District Court, the Government has made clear its opposition to the defendant’s arguments.
In a document filed with the Court on July 18, 2019, and seen by FinanceFeeds, the Government says Moore’s motion should be denied in its entirety.

19 July 2019

Carbon calculator: how taking one flight emits as much as many people do in a year
By Niko Kommenda, The Guardian, 19 July 2019
Taking a long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in dozens of countries around the world produces in a whole year, a new Guardian analysis has found.
The figures highlight the disproportionate carbon footprint of those who can afford to fly, with even a short-haul return flight from London to Edinburgh contributing more CO2 than the mean annual emissions of a person in Uganda or Somalia.

Sustainable land management key to reducing Amazon wildfires, study shows
University of Exeter press release, 19 July 2019
The unrelenting deforestation of the Amazon region could lead to a dramatic increase to the risk of destructive wildfire outbreaks, research has shown.
The new study suggests that unrestrained deforestation, converting rainforest to agricultural land, could expand the areas at risk of wildfires by more than 70 percent by the end of the century.
In response, the international team of researchers, including Dr. Luiz Aragão from the University of Exeter, suggest that concerted efforts to improve sustainable land management in the area could provide the best method of defense over the coming decades.

Bolsonaro accuses state agency of lying on Brazil deforestation
By Lisandra Paraguassu, Reuters, 19 July 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday accused the state body responsible for tracking deforestation levels of disclosing false data, after preliminary numbers showed a dramatic rise in July.
“I am convinced that the data is a lie, and we will ask the president (of the organization) to come here and talk about it,” Bolsonaro said Friday morning during a meeting with foreign journalists.

Indonesia pays serious attention to forest fires handling
Antara News, 19 July 2019
Indonesia is bracing for devastating and more frequent forest fires, following the recurrence of bush and forest fires in many regions of the largest archipelagic country in the world.
As of July 2019, forest fires were recorded to have devastated a total of 30,477 hectares, Agus Wibowo, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), stated.
Forest and bush fires engulfed the provinces of Aceh, Riau, Jambi, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and West Papua, Wibowo remarked here Tuesday.

Study reveals unusually high carbon stocks and tree diversity in Panama’s Darien forest
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute press release, 19 July 2019
Forests in Darien, an eastern province of Panama, are crucial for carbon storage, biodiversity conservation and the livelihoods of indigenous groups, yet they are under threat due to illegal logging. Through a participatory forest-carbon monitoring project, scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), McGill University and the National Research Council of Canada uncovered sources of above-ground biomass (AGB) variation and explored considerations for implementing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in Darien.

[USA] Trump administration’s plan to slow Western wildfires would clear large strips of land
By Brady McCombs, AP, 19 July 2019
The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles of terrain in the West.
The plan that was announced this summer and presented at public open houses, including one in Salt Lake City this week, would create strips of land known “fuel breaks” on about 1,000 square miles of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in an area known as the Great Basin in parts of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.

[USA] These Candidates See Farming as a Climate Solution. Here’s What They’re Proposing.
By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 19 July 2019
The Democratic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden, proposed an unusual nugget of farm-centric climate policy this week: “Soil is the next frontier for storing carbon.”
It popped up during a swing through Iowa, where the Biden campaign became the latest in the crowded Democratic contest to release a policy proposal aimed at reinvigorating rural America.

20 July 2019

‘Unprecedented’ wildfires in the Arctic emitted as much CO2 in June as Sweden does in a year
By Hannah Jackson, Global News, 20 July 2019
Wildfires in the Arctic last month emitted as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as all of Sweden does in a year, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
At a regular United Nations briefing in Geneva on July 12, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said the wildfires in the Arctic since the start of June are “unprecedented.”

[Canada] Death and broken livelihoods: farmers and wildfires in British Columbia
By Joanna Chiu, The Guardian, 20 July 2019
Two years after wildfires killed the pigs on his family farms in British Columbia, Scott Kellington is still coming to terms with the destruction.
This particular fire had come from the north, its towering flames whipped into a terrible ferocity by strong winds and sustained by the 40C heat. After making sure his wife was evacuated, Kellington and his three sons stayed behind to try to save the neighbourhood homes and livestock.

21 July 2019

Hundreds of firefighters combat Portugal wildfires
DW, 21 July 2019
Several firefighters have been injured while working to contain wildfires in central Portugal, with the blazes exacerbated by strong wind. Authorities have deployed a small army contingent to help combat the fires.
More than 1,000 firefighters, backed by planes and helicopters, were on Sunday battling to contain forest fires in a mountainous region of central Portugal.

Portugal wildfires: Huge operation tackles central Portugal blazes
BBC News, 21 July 2019
Hundreds of firefighters have spent the day battling wildfires in a forested, mountainous area of central Portugal.
Eight firefighters and 12 civilians have been injured in the Castelo Branco region, according to the interior ministry.
One badly burned civilian was evacuated by helicopter to the capital Lisbon.
Helicopters and tanker planes have been used to douse three major blazes in the region, with two now said to have been brought under control.


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  1. Still the majority of the global articles blame the Climate change for all these global wildfires. As the name implies, most fires are caused by various human activities i.e wildfires. The global city dwellers today have no clue as how to handle fires in a controlled way. People urgently need to be educated in ways and means how to control their daily fires. The MFA/FAO Wildland Fire Handbook for Trainers need to be translated into numerous languages. Education especially for women, need to be started all over the world. We i.e. the present human generation, has already destroyed 70 % of all global forests. Use Finland (the forest cover 70 %) as a global example in fire education.

  2. @Mike Jurvélius – Thanks for this comment. Are you really arguing that climate change is not contributing to more, and more severe, wildfires?

    Here’s an overview from October 2017 in Scientific American: “Here’s What We Know about Wildfires and Climate Change”.

    You left a similar comment on 4 March 2019 in which you claimed that “Of all global wildland fires, over 90% are caused by human activities. Weather and climate only 10%”. In response I asked you for sources evidence to back up this claim. You provided none.

    Now you say that “most fires are caused by various human activities”. Can you provide any evidence (preferably peer reviewed, but links to news reports are also fine) to support this claim?

    More important, I think, is the question I asked following your previous comment. As you didn’t reply, here it is again: are the fires that are caused by human activities made worse by droughts, extreme high temperatures, and weather systems like El Niño? If not, how do you explain how bad the fires were in Indonesia in 2015, compared to other years?