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#108693
2016-05-24

How The Body Shop is using 'monkey dating' to tackle deforestation

The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.

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#108686
2016-05-23

Rubber Plantations Contribute To Reduced Ant Biodiversity

Researchers in Japan have found a sharp decline in the overall biodiversity of ants in a rubber plantation in China, shedding light on the impact of these developments on forest environments. Their findings were published in Ecological Monographs.

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#108688
2016-05-23

Biodiversity conservation policies in tropical forests threaten the livelihood of indigenous peoples

A new study of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) led by Dr Victoria Reyes-García recommends implementing biocultural conservation policies which take into account indigenous societies, their cultures and the changes they are ...

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#108653
2016-05-19

Gabon moves to share forestry profits with local forest communities

Fifteen years after making it the law of the land, Central African country Gabon has formally adopted a new guidance document produced by local communities and civil society groups that aims to help communities receive a share of profits from commercial timber harvesting.

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#108637
2016-05-18

Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

Government plans to fell Poland’s Białowieża forest have divided families, led to death threats against green campaigners and allegations of an ‘environmental coup’ by government and state timber interests

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#108639
2016-05-18

Environmental groups demand end to logging of Australia’s native forests

More than 30 green groups sign statement after damning report says extending regional forestry agreements ‘would constitute an irrational decision on environmental, economic and social grounds’

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#108632
2016-05-17

In Latin America, Forests May Rise to Challenge of Carbon Dioxide

A new study reports that recently established forests on abandoned farmland in Latin America, if allowed to grow for another 40 years, would probably be able to suck at least 31 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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#108606
2016-05-16

Poaching of old forest elephant matriarchs threatens rainforests

Scientists warn that killing of the oldest, wisest females -- the guardians of their community's forest and social knowledge- could cause cascading effects on ecosystem integrity

News Headlines
#108593
2016-05-13

Is there any point in planting new trees?

Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does it ever achieve anything useful?

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#108544
2016-05-11

Who is really bearing the cost of REDD+? The answer may surprise you

Local and state government institutions in the jurisdictions where REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is being implemented are bearing financial burdens, says a forthcoming study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which might threaten t ...

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#108508
2016-05-09

The NSW government is choosing to undermine native vegetation and biodiversity

While everyone’s eyes were turned to the Federal budget last Tuesday, the NSW government released a very controversial piece of draft legislation that will remove restrictions on land clearance and, despite their claims, threaten biodiversity.

News Headlines
#108509
2016-05-09

Zimbabwe: Authorities Step Up Action... As Wildfires Feed Climate Change Cycle

AS the dry season sets in, a season in which wildfires literally go wild, a joint public-private sector committee has begun mobilising resources to ramp up actions that prevent fires doing just that - going wild. Wildfires can be greatly destructive.

News Headlines
#108494
2016-05-06

How forest management helps lay the conditions for wildfires

As flames rip through Alberta, we look at how putting out small fires can help to fuel increasingly catastrophic events as our climate gets hotter and drier

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#108505
2016-05-06

Biodiversity hotspot vegetation in decline

Vegetation growth in forests and shrublands of WA's global biodiversity hotspot are showing alarming declines, according to a recent study which found a quarter of the hotspot's woody vegetation had disappeared in the past 16 years.

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#108456
2016-05-03

UK wins satellite contract to 'weigh' Earth's forests

British industry is to lead the construction of a satellite that will weigh all the world's trees.

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#108426
2016-04-29

The challenges of conserving tropical forests

From industrial concessions to community forests, new research looks at what constitutes responsible forest management.

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#108427
2016-04-29

Brazil losing forest the size of two soccer fields per minute

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Latin America's largest country is still losing tropical forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights, a former head of Brazil's forestry service has said.

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#108413
2016-04-28

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.

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#108414
2016-04-28

Tanzania's forest conservation at risk as funds run out

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the international forest conservation scheme known as REDD+ first came to Tanzania in 2008, it brought hopes of slowing deforestation and curbing climate change.

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#108419
2016-04-28

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.

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#108367
2016-04-25

Researchers look at how best to conserve forest giants

CAIRNS, Australia, April 22 (UPI) -- Earth's largest, oldest trees are unique, and thus present a unique set of challenges to conservationists.

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#108374
2016-04-25

Conventional survey techniques underestimate Amazon biodiversity: report

It’s well known that the Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse terrestrial biomes on the planet, with 30 percent of the world’s species found there. But it turns out it might be even richer in life than we previously thought.

News Headlines
#108303
2016-04-22

Conservation efforts 'failing African rainforests'

Establishing new nature reserves with strict protection measures actually fails local communities and wildlife in the Congo Basin, a report says.

News Headlines
#108262
2016-04-20

The sugar or the trees

While global attention is fixed on palm oil and logging as major drivers of deforestation in Indonesia, researchers have issued a dire warning about a new threat—sugarcane.

News Headlines
#108186
2016-04-18

Study: Clear-cutting undermines carbon storage in forest floor

HANOVER, N.H., April 15 (UPI) -- Trees don't just store carbon in their roots, limbs and leaves, they also facilitate the transfer of carbon from air and water into the soil where it can remain for thousands of years.

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#108060
2016-04-12

Human disturbances outside rainforests can jeopardize tropical biodiversity, study confirms

A study started in the early 1970s to research population demography of tropical trees confirms that even deforestation on the edges of a rainforest can have deleterious effects across the ecosystem.

News Headlines
#108061
2016-04-12

Chinese Demand for Rosewood Has Turned Thailand’s Forests Into Virtual War Zones

Illegal loggers and forest rangers regularly do battle over the precious timber

News Headlines
#108030
2016-04-11

Mapping the world’s biomass to better tackle deforestation

One of the early successes in efforts to combat global warming has been a renewed push to tackle deforestation in some of the world’s last remaining tropical rainforests.

News Headlines
#107990
2016-04-07

China’s forests are growing back – but at a cost

More than a decade ago, China enacted one of the largest forest conservation programs in the world. But has it worked? It has, according to an analysis published recently in Science Advances. However, its authors caution that this success has meant the destruction of other forests around the world.

News Headlines
#107915
2016-04-04

Forests still large enough to double the world's tiger population, study finds

Satellite maps show tiger habitat is being lost but still adequate for meeting international goal of doubling tiger numbers by 2022

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#107919
2016-04-04

Greenpeace reveals Indonesia's forests at risk as multiple companies claim rights to same land​

Indonesia’s palm oil, mining and logging industries are enmeshed in a cat’s cradle of overlapping land claims and corruption that are hampering attempts to stop deforestation and fires, newly released maps reveal.

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#107839
2016-03-30

Vancouver Island’s old-growth forest an ‘ecological emergency’: Sierra Club

Looking down from an elevation of 400 kilometres or so, Vancouver Island appears to be covered by a mostly intact jade-green forest from one end to the other.

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#107824
2016-03-29

Good News: A Clear-Cut Rain Forest Can Have a Second Life

Conservationists who work to save rain forests typically focus on pristine stands—the dwindling number of patches where the buzz of chainsaws has yet to echo.

News Headlines
#107797
2016-03-24

Massive wildfire rips through Congo rainforest – is logging to blame?

In late January and early March, a huge fire ripped through the forests of the Republic of Congo.

News Headlines
#107748
2016-03-22

‘Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet,’ says UN chief

21 March 2016 – On the International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests.

News Headlines
#107752
2016-03-22

China’s bitter-sweet success at halting forest loss

China’s attempts to reverse decades of deforestation are looking hopeful, scientists say, but the problem may simply be moving abroad.

News Headlines
#107755
2016-03-22

Forests Help Quench Urban Thirst

ROME, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The next time you turn on the tap to fill the kettle, you might want to spare a thought for the forest that made it possible.

News Headlines
#107727
2016-03-21

Australia drops Tasmanian Wilderness logging campaign

The Australian and Tasmanian authorities are abandoning their bid to have logging permitted in the Tasmanian Wilderness, a World Heritage site.

News Headlines
#107732
2016-03-21

10 facts about forests for International Forest Day

Today is International Forest Day, which was launched by the United Nations March 21, 2012 to promote the importance of forests and trees. In recognition of the designation, below are ten facts about forests.

News Headlines
#107733
2016-03-21

International Day of Forests 2016: What’s the state of the world’s forests?

To mark the Day’s fourth anniversary, Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), sit down together in a special three-part video interview series to discuss the challenges ...

News Headlines
#107734
2016-03-21

Corruption Threat to Pacific Island Forests

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - The vast rainforests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean are crucial for environmental sustainability, survival of indigenous peoples and the wider goal of containing climate change. But forest degradation, dri ...

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#107736
2016-03-21

Who can save Poland's oldest forest from environmental disaster?

Polish ecological organizations are up in arms over plans to reintroduce large-scale logging in the protected Bialowieza forest in the east of the country, in response to a massive spruce bark beetle infestation there.

News Headlines
#107738
2016-03-21

On International Day of Forests, FAO launches new forest and water programme

21 March, 2016, Rome - FAO today launched a new programme aiming to enhance the critical role of forests in improving water quality and water supplies, on the occasion of the UN's International Day of Forests.

News Headlines
#107708
2016-03-18

São Tomé and Príncipe: Deforestation - an Alert From the Islands of São Tomé and Príncipe

When visiting the volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of West Africa, one is immediately struck by how unusual these tropical islands are.

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#107688
2016-03-17

African leaders urged to sustain forests and wildlife

[NAIROBI] Environmental experts have appealed to African governments to adopt policies that promote the sustainable management of forest and wildlife resources to conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth.

News Headlines
#107663
2016-03-16

Scientists blame Smokey Bear for making U.S. forests less resilient

According to a new study, strict wildfire control has changed the forests in the eastern U.S. over the past century, leading to less drought resistance. Researchers are warning this could make them more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

News Headlines
#107669
2016-03-16

International Forest Day 2016: Saying Thank You to the Trees

International Forest Day, which takes place on March 21st, is an excellent reason to celebrate the forests in Israel and raise people’s awareness of the importance of the forests in our world.

News Headlines
#107646
2016-03-15

Forests protecting the environment and human health

Environmental certification of wood under the Forest Stewardship Council is not only a means of ensuring shoppers can access ethically sourced goods - it also might also prevent the spread of disease.

News Headlines
#107652
2016-03-15

Two forest countries, two very different conservation finance outlooks

Papua New Guinea and Tanzania are both REDD+ countries, meaning they’re participating in the UN program officially enshrined in the Paris climate agreement that aims to channel international finance to conservation activities that reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation and forest ...

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#107527
2016-03-07

Forest coverage expands in China's largest forest zone

HARBIN, March 7 (Xinhua) -- The forest coverage of northeast China's Greater Hinggan Mountain forest zone, the country's largest, has been expanding thanks to better protection and a ban on commercial logging in natural forests.

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