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  • Writer's pictureTerri Pugh

June 14, 2023 - Your Scoop in CDR!

I Pledged $1 Million to Plant New Trees. I Wish I Could Invest the … After having worked hard to get a million trees planted this NYT opinion piece analyzes his wish instead to have saved old growth forests which sequester far more carbon. A recent assessment of Oregon’s forest reserves in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change concluded that the “most important action Oregon can take to mitigate climate change” is to preserve existing forests. Because it takes decades for young trees and their surroundings to absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than what’s released, the study said that “planting young trees will not result in much additional” carbon storage within the time left to meet urgent targets to slow global warming.

And with that warming escalating, along with droughts, blast furnace winds, larger wildfires, soil desiccation and wildlife habitat loss, what are the chances that the saplings we helped plant will actually reach the point when they can begin to make a dent in carbon pollution?

NASA's Climate page- Very visual data including a global animation with temperature shifts from 1884 to 2022 showing a huge temperature shift overall, a 4 inch increase in sea level rise since January of 1993 and a 424 metric tonne loss of ice sheets among other things. An important resource for understanding the vital signs of the planet.

Ivor Evans-Ilbe sent WorldOra a note about the CarbonZero Global Conference and Exhibition taking place on October 26 and 27 in Lyon, France in 2023. This is an important event where cement and construction industry professionals focus on alternative fuels and raw materials. All the leaders in the industry should be there so this is a great opportunity to network as well as learn the latest innovations to decarbonize. For more information contact or email

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