Rwe Boss Says Hambach Forest and Its Tree Houses Will Have to Go

The boss of RWE says the Hambach Forest and its tree house protestors will have to go. The energy giant wants to raze the German woodland to expand its coal mine in the area and is currently evicting the environmental campaigners living in its trees. RWE, which owns the forest, plans to …

Puerto Rico Planting 750,000 Trees to Defend Land from Natural Disasters

September 20 marked the one-year anniversary of the most devastating and deadly natural disasters in 100 years of U.S. history—Hurricane Maria. Today, Puerto Rico continues to face both challenges, such as Tropical Storm Kirk landing today, and opportunities. Many wonder how Puerto Rico is doing so EcoWatch teamed up with …

Romania Breaks Up Alleged €25m Illegal Logging Ring

Romania’s security forces have mounted a series of raids to break up an alleged €25m illegal logging ring, in what is believed to be the largest operation of its kind yet seen in Europe. Officers from Romania’s Directorate for Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) swooped on 23 addresses …

Trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year

U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated in a study recently published in Environmental Pollution, that trees, by removing air pollution, are saving more than 850 human lives and preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms a year. This is the first broad-scale estimate within the United States. NRS writes …