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Thomson Reuters Foundation

Harry Jacques

11 February 2021

Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia

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In Indonesia, there are 27 “Guardian” sensors eavesdropping on forests as a way to monitor them for cases of illegal logging. The organization Rainforest Connection uses artificial intelligence to analyze the audio fr...

Slate

Terry Greene Sterling

29 January 2021

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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A collaborative experiment between Indigenous community activists, tribal officials, loggers, nonprofits, and the U.S. Forest Service is delivering firewood to residents who need it for heating and cooking. The progra...

BBC

Peter Yeung

7 January 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Under an innovative scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous communities are obtaining the legal right to own and manage the forests where they reside. This ownership has shown success in slowing defores...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

21 December 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The number of prescribed burn associations in California is on the rise, advocating for more controlled fires that could prevent larger wildfires. There are at least 13 in the Golden State with the latest being the Ce...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

5 November 2020

Shaver Lake, California, United States

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A collaboration between former adversaries over forest management and preservation in the Sierra National Forest led to a $9 million investment into making 154,000 acres healthier, and able to withstand destruction in...

Wall Street Journal

Ted Alcorn

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Satellite-based forest monitoring, paired with other sophisticated measures of a forest's health, is transforming the speed, precision, and economics of finding and eradicating infestations and pinpointing acreage whe...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

23 October 2020

Colville, Washington, United States

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A collective of timber companies, conservationists, and forestry professionals has made the adjacent national forest more resilient to wildfires by focusing on small-diameter trees while preserving old growth. In 2019...

Sierra Club

Colleen Hagerty

19 October 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are fires set intentionally to reduce the fuel that can make wildfires so large and damaging. Despite the science favoring this approach for healthy ecosystems and fire prevention, government use of t...

China Dialogue

Katherine Cheng

16 October 2020

Hong Kong

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The Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong shows how the protection of mangrove forests is possible. These ecosystems are seen as a way to combat the effects of climate change since the forests can help prevent flood dama...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

Future Human

Kate Wheeling

30 September 2020

California, United States

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Fire Forward trains Californians to conduct controlled burns, setting fires to make future wildfires less destructive. With state and federal resources skewed heavily toward suppression of wildfires, the prevention-mi...

Bloomberg

Lauren Millan Lombraña

29 September 2020

Portugal

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Led by Portugal and Spain, European nations have shifted their responses to wildfires from a heavy emphasis on suppression to a more prevention-based approach. Climate change has increased fire risk greatly. By lettin...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

Alex Brown

18 September 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are considered the best way to contain catastrophic wildfires, and fires sparked by lightning or by Native Americans once burned more land in California than has burned in 2020's record-setting fires....

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Landowners, state employees, environmental groups, and local hunters are working together to protect Hawaii’s forests and drinking water by eradicating invasive plants from the state’s protected forests. By allowing n...

ProPublica

Elizabeth Weil

28 August 2020

California, United States

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California’s wildfires historically were contained through periodic but limited burning. But “misguided fire police” over many decades, focused on overzealous fire suppression, has accumulated more dry fuel, resulting...

Sacramento Bee

Dale Kasler

Ryan Sabalow

27 August 2020

California, United States

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After 2017's devastating wildfires, the state of California and businesses committed billions of dollars to thinning forests and other fire-prone areas to contain the spread and intensity of wildfires. But the state's...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

2 August 2020

Southern Pines, North Carolina, United States

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By building scientifically accurate virtual tress, NatureXR is providing an opportunity for scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders to use virtual reality to understand ecosystems and model conservation impac...

DIRAJ

David Owino

5 June 2020

Kenya

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In Kenya, initiatives are being devised to help the country reach a minimum tree cover target of 10% of the total landmass by 2022. One of the more successful efforts has been an uptick of public awareness campaigns s...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Carey L. Biron

20 February 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Policymakers, nonprofit leaders, and corporate heads have recently undertaken efforts to increase urban forestry. Urban trees decrease energy use, protect storm drain infrastructure, decrease noise, and help boost wel...

The Washington Post

Gabriel Popkin

Jahi Chikwendiu

13 February 2020

Kentucky, United States

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After strip-mining for coal devastated Kentucky’s forests and planting grass didn’t revive Appalachia’s ecosystems, a federal employee reversed course and spearheaded an ambitious reforestation effort. By planting tre...

The Jakarta Post

Michael Taylor

10 February 2020

Indonesia

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A Pokemon Go-style app encourages residents in Indonesia to help map land to fight deforestation. The technology offers visitors of umapped areas surveys that they complete, which fills in the data, and motivates user...

The New York Times

Jack Losh

28 January 2020

Moloukou, Central African Republic

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In Central African Republic, the first community forest was created with the hope of reversing the area’s deforestation and empowering the Indigenous communities living in the forests. By placing the community forest ...

Mongabay

Pragati Prava

20 January 2020

Aska, Odisha, India

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Pramila Bisoyi, a Member of Parliament hailing from the Indian state of Odisha, has shown the power of women in protecting the environment. She has created and led multiple Women Self Help Groups, who work together to...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

10 January 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Outdoor enthusiasts make effective citizen scientists. In Montana, Adventure Scientists pairs outdoor adventure-seekers with scientists looking to collect data in remote locations. The volunteers gather data that info...

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