“If US president really wants to protect trees he should rethink his climate-wrecking policies”
“Trees are great. They give us oxygen, take away CO2, provide nests for birds and habitats for wildlife, protect against flooding and even help to clean up lung-shredding air pollutants from traffic.
As the world’s forests come under increasing threat from fires, agriculture and logging, the World Economic Forum-led initiative to ensure 1tn trees are restored, saved from loss or better protected by 2050 has gathered international support. Now Donald Trump is onboard too, he told Davos.
Exactly what Trump’s support amounts to in practical terms is unclear. Will he restore the protected lands that he opened up for commercial development, the biggest reduction in public lands in US history? Reverse his push for logging in the Alaskan Tongass National Forest? Bring back the jobs cut from the US Forest Service? Will he lean on his ally Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil to stop the burning of the Amazon?”
Fiona Harvey reports for the Guardian January 21, 2020.
“Greta Thurnberg Says Planting Trees Is Not Enough After Trump’s Tree Pledge” (HuffPost)
“White House: Trump Promotes Fossil Fuels At Climate-Focused Forum” (ClimateWire)
“Climate: Trump Promotes Tree Planting, Slams ‘Alarmists'” (GreenWire)
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