The US Forest Service has to fight fires with the money meant to prevent tomorrow's, creating a massive budget shortfall for forest restoration. Amid a terrible fire season for the U.S. western states, a new financial instrument can help stakeholders who want to see fires prevented meet that need.
Israel is joining a global movement towards holistic forest management that values ecosystem services.
The U.S. government has spent $375 billion over the past decade in direct costs due to extreme weather. New WRI research outlines how the federal government and Congress can support local communities at the frontlines of climate impacts.
The recent forest fire in the Great Smoky Mountains is tragic, but it’s hardly unique. It mirrors a spate of unusual fires that have devastated many parts of the world over the past two years—blazes that may become more common as climate change increases temperatures.
Forest Resilience Bonds are a new investment instrument; money is fronted to pay for forest restoration, which improves water quality and reduces fires, with beneficiaries offering dividends.
Kebakaran di Indonesia terus menghasilkan asap dan kabut di seluruh wilayah, dengan polusi udara mencapai level yang sangat berbahaya dalam semalam di Singapura. Sejak pukul 5 pagi pada tanggal 25 September, level polutan negara tersebut merupakan yang tertinggi dari yang pernah diukur hingga tahun 2015. Pada level ini, seluruh masyarakat cenderung terkena dampak negatif, dan para pihak yang berwenang telah menutup semua sekolah dasar dan menengah hingga situasi menjadi lebih baik.
Land and forest fires in Indonesia continue to cause smog and haze across the region, with air pollutants reaching hazardous levels overnight in Singapore. Indonesia's fires have reached their highest point in at least three years, with more than 13,000 fire alerts in the last week alone.
Indonesia's parliament recently approved an agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires.
Ratification of the law—originally signed 12 years ago—comes not a moment too soon: Fires are currently flaring across southern Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan, jeopardizing Indonesia’s forests and the communities and wildlife that call these regions home.
Forest and bush fires, often associated with agricultural expansion and land conflict, can release a toxic haze that shuts down schools and airports, and sickens tens of thousands of people. Efforts to stop the fires have been hampered by a lack of high-quality evidence on where exactly the fires are and who could be responsible.
Indonesia and Singapore have been bracing themselves in recent weeks as warnings that this year's dry season would likely herald a severe spike in forest fires in Sumatra, with toxic haze across the region.