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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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#102258
2014-12-17

Forests could be a thrifty way to fight ozone pollution

Planting trees may be a cost-effective way to reduce ground-level ozone, a toxic component of smog that contributes to the deaths of about 152,000 people annually worldwide, according to new research.

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#102246
2014-12-16

Growth of forests may not be keeping pace with rising CO2 levels

Plants rely on three critical elements for growth: carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight. Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are therefore expected to increase rates of forest growth, in turn helping counter some of humanity's influence on global climate.

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#102166
2014-12-08

Biodiversity protection is key to REDD+ success, study shows

Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say

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#102098
2014-12-03

Threatened indigenous forests store more than half the Amazon's carbon

Carbon emissions from human activities are the big player in global warming, and scientists have long known that tropical forests are vital for sequestering excess carbon.

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#102064
2014-12-01

Illegal Logging Wreaking Havoc on Impoverished Rural Communities

SYDNEY, Dec 1 2014 (IPS) - Rampant unsustainable logging in the southwest Pacific Island states of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, where the majority of land is covered in tropical rainforest, is worsening hardship, human insecurity and conflict in rural communities.

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#102069
2014-12-01

Solomon Islands Forests Face Complete Depletion by 2020

A Forestry expert has warned that Solomon Islands forest will inevitably become a “sunset industry” facing almost a complete depletion of forest resources from 2015 up to the late 2020’s.

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#102010
2014-11-27

Amazon deforestation in Brazil drops 18% in 2013/2014

Preliminary data released by the Brazilian government suggests that deforestation in Earth's largest rainforest slowed 18 percent over the past year.

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#102012
2014-11-27

Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world

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#101976
2014-11-25

Primates indispensable for regeneration of tropical forests

Primatologist and plant geneticists have studied the dispersal of tree seeds by New World primates. Primates can influence seed dispersal and spatial genetic kinship structure of plants that serve as their food source.

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#101905
2014-11-18

Overhaul in tropical forest research needed

New work shows the limitations of long-used research methods in tropical rainforest ecology and points to new technological approaches for understanding forest structures and systems on large geographic scales.

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#101907
2014-11-18

Field plots offer biased view of the Amazon

Field plots in the Amazon are often not representative of the habitats surrounding them, potentially biasing extrapolations made across the region, argues a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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#101908
2014-11-18

Ending deforestation won't stop carbon emissions from land use change

Even if the world stopped cutting down forests, carbon dioxide emissions from land use change would still pose a major challenge, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change.

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#101900
2014-11-17

Protecting forests alone would not halt land-use change emissions

Global forest conservation measures meant to mitigate climate change are likely to drive massive cropland expansion into shrublands or savannahs to satisfy the ever-growing hunger for arable land. The consequent changes in land use could cause substantial greenhouse gas emissions, a new study in ...

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#101886
2014-11-14

Surprising reasons to be optimistic about saving forests

In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects.

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#101869
2014-11-13

China's old-growth forests vanishing despite government policies

China's anti-logging, conservation and ecotourism policies are accelerating the loss of old-growth forests in one of the world's most ecologically fragile places, according to studies.

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#101871
2014-11-13

Reducing deforestation is good for business, argues report

Some of the world's largest companies are making progress in disclosing and addressing deforestation risk within their commodity supply chains, but much work is left to be done to shift to more sustainable practices, argues a new report from the Climate Disclosure Project.

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#101858
2014-11-12

Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows

Carbon mapping by the Carnegie Institute for Science reveals nearly seven billion tonnes of carbon stored in Peru’s rainforests, in a technique that could help preserve such stores to reduce carbon emissions

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#101847
2014-11-11

Protecting native forests more valuable than logging

New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged.

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#101810
2014-11-07

Congo-Brazzaville: To Protect Congo Basin Forest, Ask Local People How to Use It

Yaounde — Central African governments must include local people when planning how to use land if they want to resolve problems caused by resource-hungry agribusiness and mining companies that have put the Congo Basin rainforest under pressure in recent years, experts say.

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#101790
2014-11-05

Project ‘discovers’ uncharted forests—and charts new direction in land-use planning

BOGOR, Indonesia — Whereas magicians use mirrors to make huge objects seemingly disappear, researchers in Indonesia are developing maps to “find” forests that apparently weren’t there before.

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#101776
2014-11-04

Forests lose essential nitrogen in surprising way

Even during summer dry spells, some patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged.

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#101765
2014-11-03

Facing severe drought, 'war effort' needed to save the Amazon, says scientist

Severe droughts in southern Brazil may be linked to deforestation and degradation of Earth's largest rainforest, argues a new

News Headlines
#101707
2014-10-31

Leopards flourish in Bhadravati forests: Study

Bangalore: Here are some new insights into why leopards stray into human habitats regularly. A study taken up in the Bhadravati forest division of Shimoga district shows there are 44 leopards in the area: meaning as many as 11 leopards in a 100-sqkm area.

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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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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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