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What is a forest? NASA/USGS mission helps answer the question

Examining eight different satellite-derived maps of global forest cover, a team of scientists from NASA and other institutions noticed striking differences.

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A New Global Tinderbox: The World’s Northern Forests

Rapidly rising temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased lightning strikes are leading to ever-larger wildfires in the northern forests of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, with potentially severe ecological consequences.

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Norway pledges $47M/yr to help Congo countries save forests

Norway and several European Nations, along with the United Nations and the World Bank, today committed to a new initiative that takes aim at the underlying causes of deforestation in Central African rainforest nations, including poverty and poor governance. And in an unprecedented step, Brazil w ...

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World's largest ecological study aims to make palm oil wildlife-friendly

Have you ever thought about what it’s like for the animals and birds living in a forest when it’s cleared to make way for a palm oil plantation? It’s similar to finding your home being demolished brick by brick.

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Nature Replants Its Own Burned Forests, Environmentalists Say

During the dry summer of 2011, wind gusts sent a 75-foot aspen tumbling into a power line, sparking a fire on federal land that burned for five weeks over an area the size of Manhattan. All that was left in the hottest burn zones was a silent swath of blackened trees and ash-covered ground.

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New forests cannot take in as much carbon as predicted

As carbon emissions continue to rise, scientists project forests will grow faster and larger, due to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which fuels photosynthesis. But a new study finds that these projections are overestimated.

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Tanzania: Deforestation Ruins Kilimanjaro

Moshi — The environmental stakeholders have been called upon to regroup and forge the way forward in tackling environmental degradation in Kilimanjaro region.

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Norway pays Brazil $1B to fulfill pledge for curbing deforestation

The Norwegian government has fulfilled its billion dollar commitment to Brazil for the South American country’s success in reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

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Kissing livelihoods and ecosystems goodbye — the very real threat of 'fake forests' in Africa

Planted forests have been increasing in Africa at a rate of 0.2 million hectare a year--to the benefit largely of the commercial plantations.

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Indonesia’s New Emission-Reduction Strategy To Emphasize Clean Energy, De-Emphasize Forests

14 September 2015 | JAKARTA | Indonesia plans to limit its greenhouse-gas emissions to a level 29 percent below a business-as-usual projection by 2030, according to a draft copy of its climate action plan, or “Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution” (INDC), which Minister of Environment and ...

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Forests of the future fundamental to achieving Sustainable Development Goals – UN agency

11 September 2015 – The 14th World Forestry Congress concluded today with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing “a decisive role” in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change, said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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South Africa: Forests Can Grow Economic Development

PRETORIA, Sept 10 (BERNAMA-NNN-SAnews) -- Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says future policies should consider the important role that forests can play in economic development, food security and job creation.

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A new drought tipping point for conifer mortality

Predicting future changes of forest vegetation in response to warming over the next century is important for understanding future ecosystem and economic services and for planning approaches to mitigate negative impacts of climate change.

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“Communities important in wildlife management”

Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Braulio de Souza Dias, says the participation of local communities is important in sustainable forest management.

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In the last 25 years, the world lost a forested area the size of South Africa

A new, definitive U.N. report on the world’s forests finds that the rate of deforestation is slowing down — but that its global toll has been immense in the last 25 years.

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World deforestation slows down as more forests are better managed

7 September 2015, Durban/Rome - The world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses, but over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent, FAO said in a report published today.

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Government Subsidies for Agriculture May Exacerbate Deforestation, says new UN report

Nairobi, 3 September 2015 - An estimated 80 per cent of global deforestation occurs as a direct result of agricultural practices. Government subsidies, estimated at $200 billion annually, are often the key underlying drivers of forest loss worldwide, with policy makers rarely recognizing their i ...

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Brazil’s deforestation alert system reports surge in Amazon forest clearing

Confirming what civil society groups have been saying for months, new data from the Brazilian government suggests a steep increase in deforestation over the past 12 months.

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Give locals forest responsibility, researchers urge

People living in and around tropical forests need to play a bigger role in woodland management to reduce the environmental degradation that affects three-quarters of the world’s forests, say researchers.

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Here's how much the world's forests could vanish by 2050

A new report about deforestation and climate change contains a dire warning: If the world continues along its business-as-usual path, an amount of tropical forest nearly equal to the size of India could be lost between 2016 and 2050.

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Land concessions responsible for large-scale deforestation in Cambodia

Land concessions for large-scale agricultural plantations are stripping off Cambodia’s forest cover, according to a new report by Forest Trends, a U.S.-based environmental protection group.

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Tropical forests totalling size of India at risk of being cleared, study warns

Washington-based Center for Global Development predicts 289m hectares (714m acres) of tropical forests will be felled by 2050 based on current trends.

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Scientists warn only 'simplified', degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century

A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world's remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world's most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science.

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Evidence of species loss in Amazon

Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence that deforestation causes drastic loss of tropical forest biodiversity.

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Will REDD+ help save Indonesia’s forest, or create ‘carbon cowboys’ instead?

During the past few years, the concept of REDD+ has emerged to protect forests and safeguard the livelihoods of those who live within and near them by providing a financial value for carbon left stored in forests.

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Zimbabwe’s Forest Carbon Programme Not All It Seems

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 14 2015 (IPS) - The efficacy of attempts to sustainably manage forests and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in Zimbabwe is increasingly coming under scrutiny as new research warns that the politics of access and control over forests and their carbon is challengin ...

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Future of Brazil’s babassu fruit breakers threatened by deforestation

Government plans to expand agribusiness in north-east Brazil could see native babassu forests – already hit by crop plantations – dissapear, ending a traditional way of life for thousands of families who depend on the fruit for their survival

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REDD+ in Brazil: Coordination needed. Now

Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has found.

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Amazon settlement study disputes deforestation claims

The resettlement of smallholder farmers in Brazil has spurred deforestation in the Amazon, according to fresh research on nearly 2,000 settlements in the region.

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Forest data platform now mobile-ready

Global Forest Watch, a platform that maps a wide range of forest data, is now optimized for mobile users, potentially extending the tool for ground-based forest monitoring and deforestation detection.

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Counting trees: 143 scientists just did

Forget about finding the needle in the haystack. An even more complicated task might be counting all the hay on the farm.

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Drought's lasting impact on forests

Forests across the planet take years to rebound from drought, storing far less carbon dioxide than widely assumed in climate models

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Drought's lasting impact on forests

In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought.

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Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests

Ancient, highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report.

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Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say.

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Discovering untapped value in Europe's forests

Non-wood forest products can help boost the economies of remote mountainous areas of Europe, maintain local traditions and preserve unique landscapes for generations to come. Exploitation of a variety of non-wood products also means that rural communities are less dependent on just one 'cash crop'.

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Forester says greater use of wood needed to help protect nation’s forests

about his “forest of 400 years” in the town of Kihoku, Mie Prefecture.

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Insect-killed forests pose no additional likelihood of wildfire

As mountain pine beetles and other insects chew their way through Western forests, forest fires might not seem far behind. Lands covered by dead trees appear ready to burst into flame.

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Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence

As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence

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Controlled burns increase invasive grass in hardwood forests

Controlled burning is widely used to maintain biodiversity and enhance regeneration of important deciduous tree species such as oak and hickory, but a recent University of Illinois study found that this practice also increases the growth of an aggressive species of invasive grass.

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Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests

As the global demand for tires soars, so does the demand for natural rubber sourced from Hevea brasiliensis, the para-rubber tree. This rising demand is driving a rapid expansion of rubber plantations into biodiversity-rich forests and croplands of Southeast Asia, according to a new study publis ...

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Rich forest diversity found in new Yunnan, China preserve

China’s southern Yunnan Province straddles the Myanmar border where the Mekong River flows, and the lowland tropics meet montane forests. This region is valued not only for its high biodiversity, but also its ability to support multiple distinct rainforest types at various elevations.

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Mega-dams doing drastic harm to tropical biodiversity: study

Researchers with the University of East Anglia say the full extent of impacts to biodiversity of large hydroelectric dams in lowland tropical forest regions have been "severely overlooked."

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Green Ghana project launched

The Green Ghana Programme seeks to help revegetate Ghana in both urban and rural areas. Speaking on the project in an interview, the Deputy Minister of MESTI, Dr Alfred Sugri Tia, said the sustainability of the forestry sector was currently being threatened by a myriad of problems.

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Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these major infrastructure projects are far from environmentally friendly.

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Some snowy forestlands cool climate better without trees

Forests worldwide are increasingly used to store carbon as a way to slow climate change, but a new study finds that some wooded areas may be more valuable without trees, allowing the cleared landscape to reflect rather than absorb the sun's energy.

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REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn.

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Brazil Seeks to Boost Beef Productivity by 82% to Protect Amazon

Brazil is encouraging farmers to boost productivity at cattle ranches around the Amazon rain forest as it seeks to balance environmental protection with economic production.

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Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests

Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests.

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Amazonian biodiversity protects health, livelihoods

Striding along an overgrown path in the woods, Micaela Fachín stops beside an ishpingo tree (Amburana cearensis), strokes the bark and squints up the tall, straight trunk. “I planted this years ago,” she says. “I won’t see it grow to maturity, but it will be here for my children or their children.”

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