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Along with taking lives and causing millions of dollars in property damage, the wildfires in California this week are scorching the land in another way: Millions of trees are being destroyed. The blazes have charred more than 770,000 acres in the state alone, as fires around the country seemingly grow more destructive by the year. 

Yet even that eye-opening number is a fraction of the devastation happening globally. The planet loses billions of trees every year due to a range of factors, including fire, illegal logging and clearance for agriculture.

"Trees are being lost at the rate of about a football field a second," said David Skole, professor of forestry at Michigan State University. "If you're watching the Michigan Wolverines play Michigan State and they go into overtime, every time the clock ticks down, a forest the size of that field disappears."  

A swath of burning forest is seen during "Operation Green Wave" conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources to combat illegal logging in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, August 4, 2017. BRUNO KELLY / REUTERS

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 Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Read more: Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

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Two UConn graduate students who are passionate about climate change are on a mission to change the world one video at a time. Credit: University of Connecticut  Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-social-media-climate.html#jCp

On a typical Friday night, most graduate students would be thinking about their weekend plans to see friends and blow off steam.Instead two UConn Ph.D. candidates are devoting their downtime to tackling climate change one video at a time.

Read more: Using social media to take on climate change

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