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#103291
2015-03-26

Rising sea levels threaten Sundarbans forests

Environmentalists have urged the Bangladeshi and Indian authorities to work out an urgent action plan to save the Sundarbans forests.

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#103274
2015-03-25

Study: Only two intact forests left on Earth

RALEIGH, N.C., March 24 (UPI) -- A new study suggests the world's forests are more fragmented than ever before. Analysis by researchers at North Carolina State University showed that if one were to be dropped randomly into one of the world's many forests, there would be a 70 percent chance of be ...

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#103277
2015-03-25

(Comment) Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe's forests

Europe's varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. More than 40% of the continent's land area is wooded.

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#103261
2015-03-24

World's fragmented forests are deteriorating

The world's forests are fragmented and deteriorating, states a new paper published in Science Advances.

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#103264
2015-03-24

Forest conference sows hope for restoration

Germany is a major contributor to greenhouse gases that are linked to climate change. But in 2011, the country launched a reforestation initiative. From an international conference, DW examines some first results.

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#103247
2015-03-23

UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March 2015 – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.

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#103230
2015-03-20

Africa: International Day of Forests 2015 - Research Uptake By Policy Makers a Pressing Priority

Global campaigns to protect the world's forests have raised awareness of the devastating consequences of illegal logging of tropical hardwoods and the clearing of Amazonian and Indonesian rainforests for the cultivation of agricultural crops. In Africa, too, tropical forests face a range of threats.

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#103231
2015-03-20

AIPP Press Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015

Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percen ...

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#103194
2015-03-18

Protecting forests for biodiversity won't stop its destruction: NUS

Setting aside protected forests isn't enough to stop deforestation and safeguard biodiversity, according to a new study by scientists at the National University of Singapore.

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#103178
2015-03-17

Socioenvironmental Catastrophe Emerges from the Ashes of Patagonia’s Forests

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - In the wake of the fire that destroyed more than 34,000 hectares of forests, some of them ancient, in Argentina’s southern Patagonia region, the authorities will have to put out flames that are no less serious: the new socio-environmental catastrophe that will e ...

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#103158
2015-03-16

Brazil confirms rising deforestation in the Amazon

The Brazilian government has officially confirmed that deforestation in the Amazon is pacing sharply higher than a year ago.

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#103162
2015-03-16

Deforestation in Myanmar threatens biodiversity and communities

As Myanmar opens for business, a new report has found forest conversion for commercial agriculture is spreading at an alarming rate with devastating results for the country’s ethnic minorities and biodiversity.

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#103168
2015-03-16

'Bird nursery' at risk unless half of Canada's boreal forest preserved

Nature groups urge birders to join campaign to ensure untouched forest stays that way

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#103120
2015-03-12

Study finds soil releases carbon for decades after forests are felled

Soil plays a big role in the global carbon cycle, but how much or how quickly forest soil carbon pools decline after logging is poorly understood.

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#103122
2015-03-12

Forest sustainability certification gains ground

Forests are not only habitat for innumerable species of animals and plants - they are also the source of many products we humans rely on

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#103113
2015-03-11

If Apes Go Extinct, So Could Entire Forests

Bonobo poop matters. Well, maybe not the poop itself, but what’s in it.

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#103059
2015-03-09

Palm oil firms in Peru plan to clear 23,000 hectares of primary forest

Four oil palm plantations connected to the same company are proposed for Peru’s northern Amazon. Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest in the northern Amazon in order to cultivate oil palm, according to NGOs.

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#103064
2015-03-09

Wild lynx to return to Britain after 1,300 years

In one of the most ambitious 'rewilding' projects ever to take place in the UK, the large deer-eating felines could be introduced to three unfenced estates later this year.In one of the most ambitious 'rewilding' projects ever to take place in the UK, the large deer-eating felines could be intro ...

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#102995
2015-03-03

Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity

Munching insects may halve the anticipated increase in forest land's ability to act as a carbon sink.

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#102983
2015-03-02

Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?

HARARE, Feb 28 2015 (IPS) - Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands.

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#102985
2015-03-02

Satellites give scientists unprecedented views of insect outbreaks in forests

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm – an advance that could lead to more effective management policies.

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#102958
2015-02-27

Tropical forest losses outpace UN estimates

Satellite data suggest that forest loss accelerated in the past 20 years, contradicting the United Nations' reports that it decreased.

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#102894
2015-02-23

The wealth of forests

The day I first set foot in a tropical rainforest, in Malaysia in the early 1980s, I experienced something profound.

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#102883
2015-02-20

Assessing carbon stock value of forests is tricky business, study finds

With financial incentives encouraging maintenance of carbon stocks and the increased popularity of carbon trading between countries, a forest has become economically a lot more than a clump of trees that supplements livelihoods

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#102810
2015-02-16

REDD+ to the rescue of Central Africa’s forests? Not yet, study says

NAIROBI, Kenya—Enforcing sustainable logging and assigning a monetary value to the carbon stored in forest concessions managed under the REDD+ mechanism will not be enough to curb deforestation in Central Africa.

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#102756
2015-02-12

Africa: Supply Chain Policies Need Work to Save Forests - Think Tank

Barcelona — Governments, companies and investors still have significant work to do if they are to stop global supply chains causing deforestation and worsening climate change, a tropical forest think tank said on Wednesday.

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#102757
2015-02-12

Nepal prepares for UN forest carbon trading

Nepal’s forests store more than 500 million tonnes of carbon, new government research has revealed. This is equivalent to about two thirds of India’s total emissions in 2011.

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#102714
2015-02-11

Swedish wildlife extinction threat as loggers clear-cut 'old growth' forests

Sweden's biodiverse ancient forests will be largely wiped out within two decades, writes Alec Forss - and along with it will go thousands of species that depend on mature forest ecosystems. But with powerful logging companies riding roughshod over the law, regulators, politicians and certifiers, ...

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#102715
2015-02-11

Trapped between growth and conservation

Brazil's east coast, the Mata Atlantica, is home to the unique Pau-Brasil tree. A creative approach, well coordinated programs and the help of the local population are essential in the fight to save it from extinction.

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#102586
2015-02-02

After 10 years vying for protection, Kalimantan community granted legal rights to community forest

During Indonesia’s 2014 national census, 848 people were recorded living in the village of Setulang, an hour’s drive from Malinau, North Kalimantan (formerly part of East Kalimantan) at the confluence of the Malinau and Setulang rivers.

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#102568
2015-01-30

When is a forest a forest? How definitions affect monitoring

We live in a world of constant beta,” explains James Anderson, communications officer for the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Forests program.

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#102538
2015-01-28

China’s recent forest tenure reforms threaten panda habitat

Since the 1950s, plantations and second-growth forests in China have been locally managed by village communities as collective forests, which today account for 58 percent of China's forestland.

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#102525
2015-01-27

Financial pledges for REDD+ slow to be disbursed, finds report

Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries.

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#102528
2015-01-27

Uganda Forests in Danger

Kampala — A parliamentary commission wants the management at the National Forestry Authority to take action against all encroachers in the central forests reserves in the country.

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#102501
2015-01-26

Brazil's soy moratorium dramatically reduced Amazon deforestation

The moratorium on forest conversion established by Brazilian soy giants in 2006 dramatically reduce deforestation for soy expansion in the Amazon, and have been more effective in cutting forest destruction than the government's land use policy in the region, finds a study published today in the ...

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#102482
2015-01-22

Nigeria: Imperatives of REDD Mechanism for Mitigating Deforestation

Abuja — THE proximity of Nassarawa state to the nation's capital was to be an advantage when there was massive demolition in the Federal Capital Territory in the year 2004, as most of the displaced persons found solace in the state.

News Headlines
#102461
2015-01-21

California’s Forests: Where Have All the Big Trees Gone?

They’ve gone to logging and housing—but especially to climate change, says a new study.

News Headlines
#102465
2015-01-21

Wolf cull will not save threatened Canadian caribou

Study suggests Canadian government strategy is not enough to preserve caribou population in the boreal forest.

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#102449
2015-01-20

Indonesia's moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target

When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation.

News Headlines
#102395
2015-01-15

New restoration focus for western dry forests

The most significant current threat to western dry forests is from insect outbreaks and droughts, not wildfires, research shows

News Headlines
#102402
2015-01-15

Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests

Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areas

News Headlines
#102384
2015-01-14

Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon

Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon.

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#102372
2015-01-13

Tanzania: Armed Illegal Loggers Devastate Coastal Forest

Dar es Salaam — A surge in illegal logging is devastating native forests in coastal Tanzania's Rufiji district, despite efforts by authorities to curb forest losses, officials said.

News Headlines
#102304
2015-01-07

A tree grows in Montreal? Most likely a maple

Montreal’s team of choice may be the Canadiens, but when it comes to trees, this is definitely a maple leaf city. An analysis of the tree inventories of Montreal’s boroughs shows the maple is the most common tree in the city: more than 113,000 of them, distributed across 60 species.

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#102297
2015-01-06

Calculating economic value of forests often overlooks biodiversity, study finds

BOGOR, Indonesia—If you are a land-use planner in a tropical country, how do you decide whether an area should be used to grow food, conserved for its biological diversity or protected for its ecosystem services (such as erosion control or pollination)?

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#102278
2014-12-19

Two-year study to identify threatened forest species

A two-year study to identify threatened species in the State’s forests is nearing completion, R.K. Ojha, chief project director, Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project, said here on Thursday.

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#102267
2014-12-18

Big data and the science of the Christmas tree

Often called the "Cadillac of Christmas trees," the Fraser Fir has everything a good Christmas tree should have: an even triangular shape, a sweet piney fragrance, and soft needles that (mostly) stay attached and won't leave tiny stabs in your fingers.

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#102268
2014-12-18

Asia’s Fragile Caves Face Growing Development Risks

Botanist Li-Bing Zhang has spent years collecting ferns in the caves and limestone formations of southwestern China and neighboring Southeast Asia. When I met him recently in a Vietnamese national park, his research vehicle, a silver van, was bursting with fern specimens. Zhang and two colleague ...

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#102269
2014-12-18

Study on threatened taxonomy of Tamil Nadu forest nears completion

CHENNAI: A two-year study on the threatened taxonomy in the forest in Tamil Nadu is nearing completion, said RK Ojha, chief project director, Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project, on Thursday.

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#102256
2014-12-17

Seeing the forest for the trees: Youngest trees in a forest tell the biggest story

The largest trees in a forest may command the most attention, but the smallest seedlings and youngest saplings are the ones that are most critical to the composition and diversity of the forest overall.

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