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#103683
2015-05-01

Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost by 2030: WWF

ROME, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forests covering an area the size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal could be wiped out by 2030 unless action is taken now to protect it, environmentalists said.

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#103671
2015-04-30

Zambia's Forest Ecosystems Contribute $1.3 Billion to the National Economy, Higher than Previously Thought

Nairobi, 28 April 2015 - Zambia's forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.

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#103662
2015-04-29

Solar panels for trees? Kenya barters to rebuild its forests

NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.

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#103664
2015-04-29

Monkey droppings help scientists study their diets

JOSé MANUEL PANDO, Bolivia, April 28 (UPI) -- Biologists do their best to observe the behaviors of South America's saddleback tamarin, both from the vantage of the rainforest floor and by ascending into the canopy.

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#103645
2015-04-28

Predicting deforestation before it happens

The world's leading forest monitoring platform may soon help predict deforestation before it occurs, potentially enabling authorities to prevent it altogether.

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#103648
2015-04-28

Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF

Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades

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#103617
2015-04-27

'Zero Deforestation' not necessarily the answer, environmentalists warn

Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both public and private spheres, including forest commodit ...

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#103618
2015-04-27

Vulture culture atop coconut palms sends bird numbers soaring

NAVI MUMBAI: Around 200 km south of Mumbai in the picturesque coastal town of Shrivardhan in Raigad district, a meticulous Vulture Conservation Centre is slowly but surely taking shape atop tall coconut trees.

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#103591
2015-04-23

In Indonesia, making REDD+ about carbon won't help biodiversity: study

In Indonesia, preferential targeting of REDD+ projects in high-carbon areas won't do much for biodiversity.

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#103594
2015-04-23

Striking a Deal to Save the World's Forests

Tucked away in the Himalayas you'll find Bhutan -- one of the smallest countries in the world, but blessed with an abundance of natural treasures and beauty. It's a fairy-tale landscape.

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#103584
2015-04-22

World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation

Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable practice for responsible businesses, reports Rainfore ...

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#103520
2015-04-20

Growing need for deforestation-free rubber as tire demand destroys native forests

Surging demand for natural rubber is decimating some of the world's most endangered forests, putting wildlife and critical ecosystem services at risk, warn scientists writing in the journal Conservation Letters.

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#103524
2015-04-20

Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger

Permaculture projects in Malawi are developing sustainable food systems. It is time the development sector took this ‘marginal hippy movement’ seriously

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#103509
2015-04-17

Demand for rubber 'threatens forests'

Tropical forests are being cleared for rubber plantations, putting endangered birds, bats and primates at risk, say UK researchers.By 2024, up to 8.5 million hectares of new rubber plantations will be needed to meet demand, they report in Conservation Letters.

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#103502
2015-04-16

Malawi Loses Nearly 200 Square Miles of Forest Annually

Lilongwe — Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Dr Allan Chiyembekeza has revealed that Malawi loses nearly 200 square miles of its forest and this translates into a deforestation rate of 2.8 percent annually.

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#103454
2015-04-14

Nepal's community forests fight poverty and destruction

Climate change, deforestation and land grabbing don't only threaten Nepal's rich biodiversity, but the economic wellbeing of millions of its citizens. Could community-managed forests hold the key?

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#103383
2015-04-08

Condition of tropical forests 'worsening', could become 'critical'

World leaders are continuing to overlook the worsening condition of tropical forests despite the biome's vast potential to help mitigate climate change, support local livelihoods and ecosystem services, and stabilize global agriculture, warns a comprehensive review published by a body founded by ...

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#103344
2015-04-02

Deforestation is messing with our weather, and our food

Insight into how large-scale deforestation could impact global food production by triggering changes in local climate has been gained by new research.

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#103347
2015-04-02

Russia and Canada lead the world in global forest loss in 2013

Russia and Canada led the world in forest loss, accounting for nearly forty percent of the 18 million hectares of forest lost globally in 2013, reveals a new analysis based on high resolution satellite imagery.

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#103353
2015-04-02

Tree cheers

The world must follow Brazil’s lead and do more to protect and restore forests.

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#103316
2015-03-30

How can we stop European consumption destroying forests?

When we think of deforestation, we mostly think of chainsaws cutting timber and trucks carrying it out of rainforests – or of desperate peasant farmers chopping and burning trees to clear land so they can grow crops to feed their families.

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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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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 ...

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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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