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#101155
2014-09-30

Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forest ecosystems to drought

The resistance of forests to drought has been studied, with a focus on the diversity of tree species.

News Headlines
#101157
2014-09-30

A weed by any other name: remnant shrubs and trees play vital role in regenerating forests

Tropical forest restoration projects are exciting research sites for scientists studying factors that affect ecosystem recovery.

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#101128
2014-09-29

Diverse, deceptive, declining: orchids threatened by deforestation in South America

High in a humid tropical forest in the Sierra de Cayey, Puerto Rico, Benjamin Crain and his field assistant were carefully picking their way through the dense growth of moss-clad trees.

News Headlines
#101085
2014-09-25

Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement

Norway pledges $300 million if Peru tackles deforestation crisis by 2021

News Headlines
#101039
2014-09-23

Saving Europe's Last Virgin Forests: The Primeval Nature of Russia's Far North

In the beginning, Europe was forest country. Most of it is long gone, but a touch of the old world still survives in the Russian north.

News Headlines
#101044
2014-09-23

Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation

Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.

News Headlines
#101019
2014-09-19

Rare Zambian Tree Faces Exploitation Because of Legal Loophole

RUFUNSA, Zambia, Sep 19 2014 (IPS) - Steven Nyambose used to sell charcoal for a living until he discovered that the trees could be more lucrative in another way – through cutting them down and selling the logs to international buyers.

News Headlines
#100996
2014-09-18

REDD+ needs to protect forests and boost rural development -

If REDD+ is to succeed as part of the global response to climate change and if it is to work for countries and communities it needs to be tackled in the context of rural development.

News Headlines
#101006
2014-09-18

Time is right for global focus on forest land rights

Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.

News Headlines
#100974
2014-09-17

Science striving for larger role in charting policy agenda on forests, climate

BOGOR, Indonesia — Climate policy will require greater engagement from the scientific community — and an upcoming high-level forum can help to chart “where the science-policy interface needs to go on forestry issues,” said Louis Verchot, Director of Forests and Environment Research at the Center ...

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#100984
2014-09-17

REDD+ progress is possible — just look at Indonesia

In the global drive to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, REDD+ transactions have become prominent. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus safeguards, such as transparent governance and respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and knowledge.

News Headlines
#100953
2014-09-16

Samoa works to save its forests

The Samoan government is working with villages to protect their forests from increasing threats of climate change, unsustainable land use and invasive species.

News Headlines
#100885
2014-09-12

Brazil confirms last year's rise in Amazon deforestation

Brazil's National Space Agency INPE has officially confirmed last year's rise in Amazon deforestation.

News Headlines
#100886
2014-09-12

Illegal tropical deforestation driven globally by “agro-conversion”

Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally. That’s a key finding of a report published by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Forest Trends looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”

News Headlines
#100887
2014-09-12

FSC meeting weighs old-growth forest protection, smallholder participation

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that sets social and environmental certification criteria for forestry products, is weighing measures that could step up protection for old-growth forests and make it easier for indigenous people and traditional forest communities to qualify for certi ...

News Headlines
#100859
2014-09-11

Demand for agricultural products drives 'shock' tree loss in tropical forests

Around five football fields of tropical forest have been illegally cleared every minute between 2000 and 2012 according to a new report.

News Headlines
#100863
2014-09-11

Amazon deforestation jumps 29%

Satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso

News Headlines
#100864
2014-09-11

Wild bear Daniza dies after attempt to capture her fails in Italy

Animal succumbs to effects of anaesthetic after her attack on a man reignited debate over woodland repopulation programme

News Headlines
#100843
2014-09-10

NASA probe to study world’s forests and carbon cycle

NASA is developing a new probe that will create a unique 3D map of all the world’s forests, in an attempt to improve understanding of their role in the carbon cycle and the mitigation of climate change.

News Headlines
#100785
2014-09-08

World’s Last Remaining Forest Wilderness at Risk

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 5 2014 (IPS) - The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost – and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

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#100786
2014-09-08

World's rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M

Mapping the world's tropical forests with a fleet of airplanes outfitted with advanced LiDAR could rapidly and accurately assess global forest carbon stocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical Earth observation satellite mission — and far less than field-based sampling — argues a new paper p ...

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#100794
2014-09-08

Why zero deforestation is compatible with a reduction in poverty

Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist, last week attacked fellow Greens who back the ambition of “zero deforestation”’. He accused colleagues of “absolutism”, holding back development, perpetuating poverty and even colonialism. He suggested that the aim of stopping deforestation is simplistic a ...

News Headlines
#100775
2014-09-05

Indonesia to Verify Forest Ownership Issues

The Indonesian government has declared it will verify ownership of 66.3 million hectares of disputed forest land by the end of the year. Through the development of a Recognition and Verification of Rights scheme (PPH), the Forestry Department will inventory and evaluate the status of all governm ...

News Headlines
#100751
2014-09-04

REDD+ versus indigenous people? Why a tribe in Panama rejected pay for their carbon-rich forests

There isn’t a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD+. Standing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD+ is the worldwide UN backed climate change mitigation scheme that relies on carbon trading within fore ...

News Headlines
#100724
2014-09-02

'A global tragedy' in the making? Thailand plans highway expansion through World Heritage Site

Spanning 230 kilometers (143 miles) and comprising more than half a million hectares westward from the Cambodian border lies Dong-Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (DPKY-FC), the largest tract of surviving forest in central Thailand.

News Headlines
#100697
2014-08-29

Saving the Atlantic Forest would cost less than 'Titanic'

Want to save the world's most imperiled biodiversity hotspot? You just need a down payment of $198 million. While that may sound like a lot, it's actually less than it cost to make the film, Titanic. A new study published today in Science finds that paying private landowners to protect the almos ...

News Headlines
#100704
2014-08-29

Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

SAO PAULO – Brazilian police said Thursday they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.

News Headlines
#100691
2014-08-28

How Do We Save Vanishing Old-Growth Forests?

There’s nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. Common characteristics of these forests include ancient trees, significant dead wood, little undergrowth due to canopy shade, and high biodiversity, including many species found no- ...

News Headlines
#100660
2014-08-27

How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests?

Scientists say both rich and developing countries must recognize primary forests as a conservation priority.

News Headlines
#100661
2014-08-27

What lies within, we may never know: deforestation threatening Sulawesi’s unique wildlife

For 10 million years the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been disconnected from other landforms, almost inviting evolution to color outside the lines. Despite a growing population and limited space -- more than 17 million people reside on the island as of 2010 -- Sulawesi has managed to provid ...

News Headlines
#100644
2014-08-26

Can it be stopped? Ghana's forests 'could completely disappear in less than 25 years'

Ghana contains forests that are biologically unique and important both for the wildlife they contain and the human communities that depend on them. However, the country is experiencing one of the greatest rates of deforestation in West Africa. At its current rate of forest loss, a study estimate ...

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#100572
2014-08-22

Running to reforest: communities, NGOs work to save Ugandan reserve in the midst of massive deforestation

Stung by massive loss of forest cover in Bugoma central forest reserve, part of a vast chimpanzee habitat in the western part of Uganda, seven private local and international organizations in the east African country have joined hands to raise awareness of forest issues and money for reforestati ...

News Headlines
#100573
2014-08-22

Next big idea in forest conservation? DNA fingerprinting trees to stem illegal logging

Despite decades of attention and advocacy, tropical forests are still falling at rapid rates worldwide. Now, mongabay.com's new special series, Innovation in Tropical Forest Conservation aims to highlight solutions to the crisis through short interviews with some of the world's leading conservat ...

News Headlines
#100553
2014-08-21

Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs

Selective logging in India's Western Ghats forests continues to affect frogs decades after harvesting ended, finds a new study published in Biotropica.

News Headlines
#100554
2014-08-21

Indonesia's forests so damaged they burn whether or not there's drought

Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia, spurring hand-wringing in Singapore and Malaysia over health effects and worries among environmentalists over the climate impacts.

News Headlines
#100540
2014-08-20

Logging of Russian Far East damaging tiger habitat, few intact forests protected (Part I)

The destruction of Russian forests to supply timber to international markets is becoming one of the biggest threats to the world’s largest cat, the Siberian tiger. Russia has more forests than any other country, representing about one-fifth of the world’s total forest cover and contains more tha ...

News Headlines
#100544
2014-08-20

In Saving a Forest, Kenyans Find a Better Quality of Life

KASIGAU, Kenya, Aug 20 2014 (IPS) - When Mercy Ngaruiya first settled in Kasigau in south eastern Kenya a decade ago, she found a depleted forest that was the result of years of tree felling and bush clearing.Back then, she says, poverty and unemployment levels were high, there was limited suppl ...

News Headlines
#100516
2014-08-19

Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation

Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). But how effective have those funds been ...

News Headlines
#100517
2014-08-19

When forests aren't really forests: the high cost of Chile’s tree plantations

At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000 hectares were gained between 2000 and 2013 in Chile’s central and southern regions. Specifically, 1.4 million hectares of ...

News Headlines
#100501
2014-08-18

Indonesian govt reiterates plan to clear 14M ha of forest by 2020

The Indonesian government is pressing forward with plans to clear 14 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020 despite a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reports The Jakarta Post.

News Headlines
#100502
2014-08-18

Nothing else left to log: are eco-certified timber companies stripping Russia of its last old growth forests?

Extensive logging (both legal and illegal), land conversions, road-building, wildfires, and poor forest management practices in Russia have degraded much of its forests. According to recent figures from Global Forest Watch, Russia lost almost 37 million hectares of tree cover from 2001 to 2013.

News Headlines
#100508
2014-08-18

Peruvian Deforestation- A Paradise Lost

In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot” – an area with at least 0.5 percent or 1,500 endemic plants that has lost 70 percent of its primary vegetation – he could have been painting a picture of the highly threatened Peruvian And ...

News Headlines
#100482
2014-08-15

Elephant poaching soars as Sumatran forests turn into plantations

There has been a spike in elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, and conversion of rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes, according to the Indonesian Elephant Conservation Forum, or FKGI. The number of Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) poached in the province of Riau s ...

News Headlines
#100483
2014-08-15

China and Europe's outsourcing of soy production impacts the Amazon

Soy consumption in China and Europe is having significant ecological impacts in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, finds a study published in Environmental Research Letters.

News Headlines
#100444
2014-08-13

Governors pledge massive cuts in deforestation

Governors from 13 states have pledged to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020 provided rich companies step forward with adequate levels of financial support.

News Headlines
#100445
2014-08-13

A paradise being lost: Peru's most important forests felled for timber, crops, roads, mining

In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot” - an area with at least 0.5 percent or 1,500 endemic plants that has lost 70 percent of its primary vegetation - he could have been painting a picture of the highly threatened Peruvian And ...

News Headlines
#100426
2014-08-12

China failing to take effective action against timber smugglers

Voluntary guidelines established by the Chinese government won't be enough to curb rampant timber smuggling by Chinese companies, putting 'responsible' actors at risk of having their reputations tarnished, argues a new campaign by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

News Headlines
#100427
2014-08-12

Half of Riau's oil palm plantations are illegal

Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal, said Indonesia's top forestry official.

News Headlines
#100411
2014-08-11

Aceh's largest peat swamp at risk from palm oil

Oil palm plantations and other developments are threatening Rawa Singkil Wildlife Preserve—Aceh's largest peat swamp, and home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. The lack of clear boundaries, and construction of roads bisecting the area has fostered encroach ...

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#100396
2014-08-08

NASA: Forest loss leaps in Bolivia, Mekong region

New satellite data from NASA suggests that deforestation is sharply increasing in Bolivia and Mekong countries during the second quarter of 2014.

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