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Biden ordered to protect the oldest trees in the United States

Olena Yatseno

Redwood forests are one of the world's most efficient means of removing and recycling carbon dioxide

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to protect some of the nation's largest and oldest trees.

The American leader signed such a decree on Earth Day, which the world celebrates on April 22, writes press office of the White House.

“We have reached a point where the environmental crisis has become so obvious to everyone except the former president that we really have the ability to do what we could not do two, five, ten years ago,” Biden said.

Now the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service will detect threats to old trees. We are talking about forest fires and extreme weather events. In addition, a policy to protect forestry will be developed.

An executive order requires federal land managers to annually identify and maintain records of old, old-growth trees throughout the United States.

Age-old trees are fighting climate change because they absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the accumulation of which leads to global warming, the presidential administration noted.

According to scientists, redwood forests are one of the world's most efficient means of removing and processing carbon dioxide. Meanwhile, thousands of sequoias have been destroyed in the United States in recent years. In 2020, wildfires in California destroyed 10% of the entire population of these giant trees.

Before EcoPolitica reported that The United States officially resumed participation in the Paris climate agreement a month after President Joe Biden signed the executive order on his first day in office.

Recall that the Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg praised the work of the administration of the President of the United States of America Joe Biden, calling it action to combat the climate crisis inadequate.

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