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#115535
2017-12-08

Bear-human conflict prompts proposal for nature reserve

Increased conflict between the black bear population and villagers in a mountainous region of southwest China has prompted local authorities to create a proposal for a nature reserve to protect the species.

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#115502
2017-12-06

Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra's increasingly fragmented forests

Researchers on an expedition that tracked endangered tigers through Sumatran jungles for one year have found that tigers are now clinging to survival in low-density populations. The team's findings have renewed fears about the potential for extinction of these elusive predators.

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#115503
2017-12-06

The largest land organism is … a fungus

The largest terrestrial organism on the planet is a fungus called Armillaria solidipes – or honey fungus. The largest honey fungus identified in North America is in Oregon. It measures 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) across! That’s considerably bigger than the biggest giant sequoia or African elephan ...

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#115504
2017-12-06

As sea levels rise, 'ghost forests' expand

In the marsh lands of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, you may stumble across a spooky sight: hundreds of dead Atlantic white cedars poking out of the water. Some people call these places “ghost forests”.

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#115440
2017-12-04

Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do.

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#115345
2017-11-28

Malawi: Human Activity Endanger Bird Species in Misuku

Mzuzu — The Regional Tourism Office in Northern Region has expressed concern over the wanton cutting down of trees at Misuku Hills in Chitipa, saying the malpractice is endangering the survival and preservation of endangered bird and tree species.

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#115346
2017-11-28

The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of drought catastrophe.

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#115311
2017-11-24

Falling koala numbers not a crisis, says expert

Australia’s cuddliest native animal is at the centre of fierce scientific dispute, with new research challenging conventional assumptions about koalas, their relationship with the bush and the wisdom of conservation campaigns designed to increase their numbers in the wild.

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#115247
2017-11-20

How our forests are adapting to climate change

How do trees adjust to the effects of global warming? EPFL researchers have studied how beech and spruce trees – two of the most common plant species in Europe – react to changing temperatures. And they discovered that the amount of moisture in the air plays a decisive role.

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#115259
2017-11-20

Hundreds of fossil tree specimens belong to a single species

Paleobotanist Menno Booi discovered that 250 previously described fossil tree species are objectively not distinguishable and belong to only one single species.

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#115263
2017-11-20

IUCN report raises red flag over threat to biodiversity in Western Ghats, says it can affect monsoon

Kochi: Biodiversity in India's iconic Western Ghats is facing a threat from forest loss, encroachment and conversion, says a global environment agency in its report.

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#115264
2017-11-20

Scientists dispute missing dryland forests

Scientists are disputing the possibility that a significant portion of the world's forests have been missed in an earlier accounting of ecological diversity.

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#115228
2017-11-17

The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

Forests fulfill numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they have a diversity of trees, according to a new study. As a second study demonstrates, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature conservation—sev ...

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#115230
2017-11-17

A poem in my garden

We have one such poem — a beautiful one at that — at home. A tree that grew along with my children and now stands tall just outside my window — moving on to a third generation to provide space for my grandchildren to run around it. Although I prefer native species to exotic ones, this tree is an ...

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#115232
2017-11-17

Forests can beat humans at restoration, new study finds

When it comes to restoring deforested landscapes, letting them regenerate naturally through passive means is generally cheaper than human-driven, so-called “active,” restoration techniques like re-planting. But a new study finds it can actually also be more effective in tropical ecosystems.

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#115215
2017-11-16

‘Leaf Wonder’ In A World Of Changing Forests

Our ability to perceive red color is an oddity, one shared by our cousins the Old World monkeys and apes, but not by most other mammals. Evolution endowed our ancestors with an extra type of light-sensing cone cell that helped them see fruit and edible young foliage against a background of matur ...

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#115192
2017-11-15

Greenpeace identifies almost 0.3 mln hectares of potential virgin forests in Romania

Greenpeace Romania has identified almost 300,000 hectares of potential virgin forests in Romania, and has drawn up a map of these forests in collaboration with the Eberswalde University in Germany and Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi.

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#115198
2017-11-15

Monoterpene measures how certain forests respond to heat stress

In the tropics, forests consume large amounts of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Elevated temperatures suppress carbon dioxide absorption while promoting plants to emit the chemical monoterpene. Scientists found that the chemical can be used to take the forest's temperature. Why? A monote ...

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#115184
2017-11-14

Mapping Functional Diversity of Forests With Remote Sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. Researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales — from individual trees to whole communities — using remote sensing by ...

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#115185
2017-11-14

How Canopy's founder is winning converts with her gospel of deforestation

To Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director of non-profit Canopy, ancient forests are the "cathedrals of the natural world." Species of all shapes and sizes make up the diverse congregation worshipping within. Birds fill the choir lofts with their sometimes-cacophonous hymns. They are joi ...

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#115146
2017-11-13

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. University of Zurich researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales—from individual trees to whole communities—using r ...

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#115155
2017-11-13

260 million-year-old fossilised trees unveil Antarctica’s forested past before dinosaurs

Scientists have discovered fossil fragments of 260 million-year-old trees in Antarctica, a finding which shows that the frozen continent had a thriving forest before the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth. During Antarctica’s summer, scientists from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) in the ...

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#115156
2017-11-13

How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory.

A set of fundamental tactics ranging from the theoretical to the practical can be used to combat the challenges brought on by pests in rapidly changing forests, according to a research paper from Dartmouth College and the University of Santiago de Compostela.

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#115157
2017-11-13

Fertile soil: The growing world of forest conservation finance

Have you seen the brilliant crimson and amber of fall foliage in New England? Every year our trees make tourists and natives alike stop and stare in amazement as our region’s forests put on a final show in preparation for winter. But our vibrant forests are at risk.

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#115125
2017-11-10

New Study Finds Climate Change, Drought Threaten Giant Sequoias

A new study published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences finds that the giant sequoia, a fixture of California’s Sierra Nevada forests for the past 2.6 million years, might be in jeopardy from the effects of drought and climate change.

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#115126
2017-11-10

Indonesia tries to learn from Brazil’s success in REDD+

Indonesia is taking a page out of Brazil’s playbook as it seeks to catch up on its carbon reduction commitments and net a financial windfalll. Indonesia, a major emitter of carbon dioxide, largely through its forestry sector, has committed to initiatives to reduce emissions from deforestation an ...

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#115114
2017-11-09

Geologists uncover Antarctica's fossil forests

During Antarctica's summer, from late November through January, UW-Milwaukee geologists Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell climbed the McIntyre Promontory's frozen slopes in the Transantarctic Mountains. High above the ice fields, they combed the mountain's gray rocks for fossils from the continent ...

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#115084
2017-11-08

Hungry bears leave the forests to look for food in Romanian towns

The number of cases of brown bears looking for food in Romanian towns has increased significantly in the last days.However, the bears are not the only wild animals trying to get more food in this period, as some wild boars were also observed in downtown Sinaia, one of the most popular mountain r ...

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#115085
2017-11-08

Why Community Forests are Key to Solving Challenges of Urban Living

What comes to mind when you think of forests? Do they conjure feelings of tranquility, scenic landscapes, and wildlife? Or maybe you think of the great outdoors? Although these sentiments are commonly tied to forests, there is another type of forest that is rarely talked about but is key in resp ...

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#115087
2017-11-08

Could the peatlands of Congo be a carbon bomb?

Gruelling talks are unfolding in Bonn for implementing the UN's Paris Agreement on climate change, but many kilometres (miles) away, there are fears that any progress may be wiped out by a lurking carbon threat.

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#115088
2017-11-08

Rare victory for rainforests as nations vow to stop 'death by chocolate'

The governments of Ghana and the Ivory Coast are formulating plans to immediately put a stop to all new deforestation after a Guardian investigation found that the cocoa industry was destroying their rainforests.

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#115089
2017-11-08

This Rain Forest Holds Half Of Australia's Plant Species

Australia's Gondwana Rainforests protect more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.Reason: The protected areas include the world’s largest subtropical rain forest, a remnant of the rain forest-covered ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.

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#115033
2017-11-01

Reforestation effort in Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees

In the Brazilian Amazon, a new technique for planting trees, called muvuca is being used that results in stronger plants. Conservation International hopes to cover 70,000 acres in new forests, in an effort to prevent, or at least slow down a hot future.

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#115034
2017-11-01

A Veteran Explorer of Disappearing Forests Shares 5 Reasons All Is Not Lost.

Farming, logging, and even diseases like Ebola join a long list of forces currently erasing forests and animals from the planet. The trends can seem desperately bleak—a recent analysis shows global tree cover loss rose 51 percent last year.

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#115013
2017-10-31

Melting snow aids absorption of carbon dioxide October 31, 2017

It appears that something good can come from something bad. Although rising global temperatures are causing seasonal snow cover to melt earlier in the spring, this allows for the snow-free boreal forests to absorb more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

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#114987
2017-10-27

Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming

National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of global warming, a new study shows.

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#115001
2017-10-27

Agroforestry: An increasingly popular solution for a hot, hungry world

At first glance Cameroon’s western regions seem lush, but a closer look shows a land degraded by overgrazing, unsustainable cropping practices, deforestation of vegetation for firewood, and uncontrolled bush fires.

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#114954
2017-10-24

Ecologist Joan Maloof speaks for the silent giants: Old-growth trees

The vista from the steps of Arlington House offers one of the most spectacular views of Washington. The scene unfurls, from the sloping lawns of Arlington National Cemetery to Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial and on to the Mall. The architectural geometry is leavened by the snaking Potoma ...

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#114924
2017-10-23

Economic headwinds buffet once-resilient Sumatran forest-farms

For more than a century, agroforests in the Sumatran port town of Krui used to be a prime example of how interspersing native tree species among crops could give locals an economic alternative to the ubiquitous oil palm and timber plantations that blanket the island.

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#114911
2017-10-20

New analysis suggests that preserving rare species is vital to tropical forests

We are in the midst of an extinction crisis,” said Jayanth R. Banavar, provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon and previously at the University of Maryland in College Park. “We are losing species perhaps more rapidly than ever before. It is the biodiversity of the species t ...

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#114913
2017-10-20

Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

New study shows logged rainforests shouldn't be written off as they have long-term conservation value. Logged areas found to have the same temperature as pristine forests

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#114901
2017-10-19

Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought

Before cutting down forest, land managers in drought prone areas might first consider the birds in the trees.According to a new study by biologists at Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the offspring of a certain songbird, the wood thrush, are more likely to survive drought ...

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#114880
2017-10-18

Collaboration helps reforestation take root

Almost three years after its adoption, the New York Declaration on Forests remains a landmark moment in the global fight to eliminate deforestation.

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#114876
2017-10-17

10 Keys To Slashing Deforestation In Just Two Years

Donuts, deodorant, buns and burgers. They’re killing us – and not just because of what they do to our bodies. No, the real problem is what the beef, soy, and palm oil that they’re made of – as well as the pulp & paper they’re packaged in – do to our forests and, by extension, our climate.

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#114878
2017-10-17

Giant lizards are thriving on Borneo’s oil palm plantations

Oil palm trees plague the once untouched and wild island of Borneo. Towering rainforests have been chopped down and the land turned into a monotonous monoculture of plantations, the principle source of palm oil. In the Malaysian region of Sabah, in the north of the island, these trees now cover ...

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#114848
2017-10-16

Research finds a dramatic increase in feral predators as fires make some native Australian animals even more vulnerable

Warily, the fox creeps up to sniff at a cluster of three metal tea strainers suspended from a pole in her territory. They smell of nuts, golden syrup and rolled oats. They are also at exactly the right distance for an infra-red camera triggered by her movement to catch her in the act.

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#114853
2017-10-16

Farming and forest loss: study exposes malaria’s best friends

A new study exposes the role of deforestation in amplifying malaria transmission, finding that forest loss and malaria is linked worldwide and not just a local phenomenon. The research, published in Environmental Science, builds on prior evidence that has linked deforestation to an increase in h ...

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#114798
2017-10-10

Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

Trees in tropical forests are well known for removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing the potent greenhouse gas as carbon in their leafy branches and extensive roots. But a new analysis led by Stanford University researchers finds that large forest animals are also an important part of t ...

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#114730
2017-10-04

South American howler monkeys may be more threatened than previously thought

Among the largest primates in the Americas and with one of the loudest calls in the animal kingdom, howler monkeys are iconic species of South American tropical forests. They live in several types of forest ecosystems, from dry to riparian and rainforest. Although the forests they inhabit are be ...

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#114700
2017-10-03

Know why Delhi's lung problem is becoming acute

Acting like a human lung, the ridge helps the city in its gaseous exchange, removing tonnes of carbon dioxide, which the city exhales and giving off life-supporting oxygen.It also helps in groundwater recharge, regulates temperature and acts as a sound barrier

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