Each year, 1 million acres of boreal forest is cut in Canada, much of it turned into pulp that is used for tissue products. This threatens wildlife and puts incredible pressure on our changing climate.
The Trump administration announced Monday that it will begin oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We've been working for decades to protect this 19 million acre wilderness, and we're not giving up now.
John Muir was among the early advocates for preserving the Tongass National Forest. Teddy Roosevelt declared it a national forest — America's largest. But why are people from California to Texas to Maine so passionate about a forest in remote southern Alaska? Much of that passion is owed to the fact that some places stir the imagination and therefore, the soul. People also understand intuitively that the campaign to save the Tongass is about something larger than even that vast forest: It’s about what we value as a society.
Several recent studies have suggested that air pollution may make COVID-19 infections more severe. These findings fit with previous research documenting how air pollution damages our bodies and makes us more vulnerable to infectious diseases. This new research should spur us to redouble our efforts to reduce air pollution.
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