In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world

Mangroves in Colombia.

Cispata Mangroves project, Colombia. (© Conservation International)

Editor’s note: News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In a recurring feature, Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.

  1. Apple is investing in a huge mangrove forest in Colombia

Apple is partnering with Conservation International to plant and preserve mangrove trees in an effort to battle climate change.

The story: Apple is investing in the planting and preservation of a 27,000-acre forest in Colombia, Adele Peters with Fast Company wrote Thursday. The world has lost half of its mangrove forests — trees and shrubs that grow in slow-moving waters in tropical and subtropical regions — since the 1940s. Mangroves help fight climate change by storing up to 10 times more carbon (part of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas) than terrestrial forests.

The big picture: The project will help capture around 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. Mangroves not only store carbon in their leaves and branches, but they can send carbon into the ground using their underwater roots. Mangroves in Colombia are the victim of deforestation for logging and agricultural processes. The destruction of mangroves releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasing global warming.

Read the story here.

  1. Climate change means Hurricane Florence will dump 50 percent more rain

Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression, continues to decimate North and South Carolina this week. The storm’s magnitude is due at least partially to climate change, study finds.

The story: The study predicted the hurricane would be 50 miles larger in diameter and bring 50 percent more rainfall because of climate change, Oliver Milman with The Guardian wrote Thursday. Climate change worsens hurricanes by causing warmer oceans, a warmer atmosphere and higher sea levels.

The big picture: “Dangerous climate change is here,” Michael Wehner, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said. Climate change has been affecting the frequency and severity of storms for years, including Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas last year with record rainfall made three times more likely by climate change, according to scientists. As sea levels continue to rise and the Earth continues to warm due to climate change, storms will become more formidable.

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  1. Global summit rebukes Trump, cheers on work to aid climate

The Global Climate Action Summit, held last week in California, has sparked action towards climate change.

The story: Governor of California Jerry Brown organized the summit — the largest climate-focused meeting since the Paris Agreement in 2015 — Janie Har with AP News wrote Thursday. Many well-known environmental leaders and activists were in attendance including Harrison Ford, Johan Rockström, Jane Goodall and Christiana Figueres. The goal of the summit was to demonstrate efforts already being taken to stop climate change, and to inspire further action.

The big picture: Despite the president’s well-documented disdain for climate change, several states and cities within the U.S. are joining other countries already taking action. “Doing nothing is not an option,” Frank Jensen, lord mayor of Copenhagen said. A report released during the summit proposes a roadmap to cut emissions in half by 2030 (in line with the Paris Agreement). The mayor of New York City announced a goal to double investment in climate change solutions, from $2 billion to $4 billion, joining many additional pledges to invest in climate change solutions were made.

Read the story here.

Olivia DeSmit is a staff writer for Conservation International.

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