NonA Weekly: TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Deforestation can happen quickly, such as when a fire sweeps through the landscape or the forest is clear-cut to make way for an oil palm plantation. While deforestation appears to be on the decline in some countries, it remains disturbingly high in others – including Brazil and Indonesia – and a grave threat to our world’s most valuable forests still remains.
Species loss is currently so high that scientists believe we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction ― an annihilation of wildlife. Rapidly falling insect numbers threaten humanity’s ability to survive.
We are launching this series of competitions, by starting questioning Forests & Deforestation, as well as Repopulation & Endangered Species.
1. DEFORESTATION EXPLAINED
Forests cover about 30 percent of the planet’s land mass, but humans are cutting them down, clearing these essential habitats on a massive scale. What is DEFORESTATION?
2. THE WORLD IS FAILING TO STOP EXTINCTIONS
Coronavirus has delayed efforts to tackle the biodiversity crisis, but a group of scientists has suggested a bold new target to save endangered SPECIES.
3. DEFORESTATION AND FOREST DEGRADATION
Deforestation is a particular concern in tropical rain forests because these FORESTS are home to much of the world’s biodiversity. WWF explains the causes and effects in this article.
4. A SKYSCRAPER OF TREES TO FIGHT DEFORESTATION
A green SKYCRAPER to safeguard the environment and fight the negative effects of deforestation and the consequent disruption of the carbon cycle. This is the idea of a group of American architects who designed the Carbon Copy, an infrastructure of large-scale horizontal and vertical timber grids that aim to counterbalance deforestation with a taller and denser “skyforest.”
5. HOW TO DESIGN A FOREST FIT TO HEAL THE PLANET
REFORESTATION has enormous potential as a cheap and natural way of sucking heat-absorbing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and restoring the degraded natural world while supporting local livelihoods at the same time. But there is more than one way to plant a tree.
6. THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO RESTORE NATURE’S BIODIVERSITY
Biodiversity is the key to life on Earth and reviving our damaged PLANET, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. Sharing the inside story of his headline-making research on reforestation, which led to the UN’s viral Trillion Trees Campaign, Crowther introduces Restor: an expansive, informative platform built to enable anyone, anywhere to help restore the biodiversity of Earth’s ecosystems.
7. 12 THINGS WE SHOULD ALL DO TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES
One thing we humans fail at is seeing the big picture. We are often blind to the interconnectedness of everything that supports LIFE, a web so complex and interdependent, we are only beginning to understand it. The food chain, from the tiniest little microorganisms to the largest creatures on earth, keeps us, humans, alive.
8. ENDANGERED SPECIES
An endangered SPECIES is a type of organism that is threatened by extinction. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation. Here’s a very important lesson from Nation Geographic.
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