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Forests and Wilderness crucial in the climate change combat

Forests and Wilderness crucial in the climate change combat

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Trees are widely known to be important carbon sequestrators with a great potential to combat climate change. A recent study showed that planting one trillion trees could suck up two thirds of global carbon emissions. However, young and immature trees sequester much less carbon than mature trees. Therefore, by reforestation, it would take years and years before the...

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Majella Wilderness hosts ancient black pine

Majella Wilderness hosts ancient black pine

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An extraordinary black pine of more than 900-year old is growing in Majella Wilderness, embedded in Majella National Park in Italy. The pine could survive that many centuries because it was hidden in a remote, inaccessible ravine, far away from human settlements. Growing in an extensive Majella mountain labyrinth, this pine has escaped from the exploratory interest...

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European rivers threatened by more and more dams

European rivers threatened by more and more dams

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A new report on the effects of damming on European rivers has highlighted how rivers are saturated with dams. Currently, there are already 21 387 dams on the continent, with another 278 under construction. In addition, 8 507 new hydropower plants are planned, with a quarter of them being in nature reserves, especially in the Balkans. Balkans are the last European...

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Importance of peat bogs as CO2 storage

Importance of peat bogs as CO2 storage

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A study from Chazdon and Brancalion in 2019 revealed that newly planted trees could absorb most of the human made CO2-emissions. The study states that nothing is as effective in mitigating the climate overheating as reforestation activities. However, other scientists have critique on this study. The results are drastically overrating the beneficial effect of...

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Barriers to the expansion of Wilderness in Europe

Barriers to the expansion of Wilderness in Europe

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We can still find large continuous natural areas in many parts of Europe, which are little affected by human activities. Such areas are for example located in Slovakia, Austria, Italy or Slovenia. Here we find continuous wild ecosystems that stretch across many thousands of hectares. The ecosystems are also home to rich biodiversity, including rare species of...

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Natural wonder on a tri-border: Kongura Wilderness

Natural wonder on a tri-border: Kongura Wilderness

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The autumn of 2019, auditors of European Wilderness Society visited a number of protected areas in Bulgaria. The most Southern point reached was Kongura Strict Reserve, embedded into Belasitsa Nature Park. The Reserve was created in 1988 and is located in the Belasitsa Mountains, bordering Greece and North Macedonia. Protected through history Similarly to Ali Botush...

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