Conservative politicians and polluting industry executives insist that global warming isn't happening. But the horrible $306 billion loss in 2017 - and $1.2 trillion since 1980 - should convince everyone.
As big carbon storehouses, forests have the power to influence the climate. So much so that the protection and expansion of forests is a key part of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of global warming.
South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.