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#101688
2014-10-30

Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study

Parts of the Amazon rainforest are getting considerably less rain, leading trees to absorb less carbon, finds a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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#101695
2014-10-30

A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for World’s Rainforests

After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from B ...

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#101680
2014-10-29

Variation in antibiotic bacteria in tropical forest soils may play a role in diversity

Variation in antibiotic-producing microbes in tropical forest soils has been discovered by scientists, who not that this research represents a step toward better understanding of the role they play in diversity.

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#101620
2014-10-24

Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation

International trade with agricultural and wood products is an increasingly important driver of tropical deforestation.

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#101622
2014-10-24

Beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products from 8 countries responsible for 1/3 of forest destruction

Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world's forest loss, according to a new report.

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#101585
2014-10-22

Colombia reports drop in deforestation

Colombia has for the first time released an annual report on deforestation, revealing that forest loss during 2013 was lower than the recent average.

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#101549
2014-10-21

Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests

A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, ...

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#101554
2014-10-21

Drought, Deforestation and Degradation Plague Paraguay's Forest Peoples; Can REDD+ Help?

20 October 2014 | What’s happening to Paraguay’s forest is, unfortunately, a well-told story. The forests are under pressure from a multitude of threats that are undermining its health. A changing climate continues to alter rain patterns and affect food security.

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#101563
2014-10-21

Biodiversity And REDD: How They Fit Together

22 October 2014 | Over half the world’s known species are found only in tropical forests, and companies that invest in forest carbon projects often do so as much to conserve endangered habitat as to sequester carbon.

News Headlines
#101518
2014-10-20

Brazil must target smallholders to curb rising deforestation

While the largest landowners have cut their contribution to deforestation by two-thirds, that of smallholders has increased

News Headlines
#101520
2014-10-20

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year

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#101435
2014-10-15

Researchers create global map of world's forests circa 1990

Researchers have created a global map of the world's forests in the year 1990, enabling accurate comparisons between past and current deforestation rates. The GIS data underpinning the map is available at LandCover.org.

News Headlines
#101418
2014-10-14

Protecting biodiversity could be key to keeping forests standing in the long term

When it comes to conserving tropical forests and the carbon stored within them in order to prevent climate change, the role of forest animals may be too important to ignore.

News Headlines
#101383
2014-10-10

Measuring impact a challenge as China reclaims farmlands for forests

China does not usually come to mind when one thinks about reforestation or afforestation.

News Headlines
#101338
2014-10-09

Wild panda land threatened by China's forest reforms

China's 1600 wild pandas could suffer further losses thanks to legislation that would allow as much as 15 per cent of their habitat to be sold off for commercial uses.

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#101346
2014-10-09

Brazil unlikely to sustain gains in reducing deforestation without new incentives for ranchers, says study

Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group.

News Headlines
#101347
2014-10-09

Forest fragmentation's carbon bomb: 736 million tonnes C02 annually

Scientists have long known that forest fragments are not the same ecologically as intact forest landscapes.

News Headlines
#101292
2014-10-07

Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil's rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed.

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#101261
2014-10-06

New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

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#101216
2014-10-03

New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 2014 (IPS) - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

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#101199
2014-10-02

Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests, says Norwegian official

Despite having a deforestation rate that now outpaces that of the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia is beginning to undertake critical reforms necessary to curb destruction of its carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands, says a top Norwegian official.

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

News Headlines
#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 ...

News Headlines
#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 ...

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#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 ...

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#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- ...

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#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.

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