Why do some trees die in a drought and others don't? And how can we predict where trees are most likely to die in future droughts? Scientists have examined those questions in a new study.
[SÃO PAULO] Trees in the northern part of the Amazon rainforest recover their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere more quickly after selective logging compared with trees in the south where the climate is less favourable, a study reports.
Jan. 17 (UPI) -- New data analysis shows the relationship between economic growth and deforestation resembles half of a Kuznets curve. In other words, economic growth in less developed countries appears to drive deforestation.
A focus on policies to conserve tropical forests for their carbon storage value may imperil some of the world's most biologically rich tropical forests, says new research.
A new study shows that the world has lost 7 percent of its intact forests in the past 16 years, with implications for biodiversity, climate change, and human life.
Images captured by Nasa satellites have revealed dramatic forest losses in Cambodia since the turn of the century. The country is considered to have one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world.
Plans for a huge power plant situated near the world’s largest mangrove forest in Bangladesh has incited outrage from many Bangladeshi conservationists and citizens.
Natural forests support life in complex ways. Forest ecosystems are habitats for animals and humans, they regulate air quality, temperature and carbon cycling, protect soils and water quality, help mitigate climate change, and much more.
Scientists and conservationists worry about the cascade of detriment that results from slicing up blocks of forest, especially as the amount of intact forest dwindles globally.
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- New research suggests a native Missouri bee species is skewing the reproductive patterns of wildflower morphs -- a variance of leaf or flower petal patterns -- in cooler forests.
Let’s pretend you manage a forested area, as a forestry official, park manager, or timber company executive, and you want to ensure that logging teams remove trees according to their extraction plan, without overharvesting or clearing outside their allotted area each year.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.Transplanting 25 pairs of Canadian beavers to Tierra del Fuego would provide raw material for a fur industry, bring jobs to a sparsely populated region and — as an advertisement in 1946 suggested — possibly attract tourists to this remote part of the hemisp ...
Some indigenous communities in South America have been working on a way to participate in REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) on their own terms. In 2009, Colombia began to create the National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradat ...
IWOKRAMA, Guyana – It’s late afternoon in Fairview village, an indigenous Amerindian community in the heart of Guyana’s tropical rainforest. School is over for the day and children are playing outside.
In 1999, a long-term biodiversity project started at the Azores Islands (Portugal, Atlantic Ocean), the Biodiversity of Arthropods from the Laurisilva of the Azores (BALA) project (1999-2004). Its aim was to obtain detailed distributional and abundance data for a large fraction of arthropod faun ...
KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a factory in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, workers steam-cook beans in big metal containers, before cooling and packaging them for sale.
Over 50% of the products on supermarket shelves have palm oil as an ingredient. Its production has resulted in massive loss of virgin rainforests in South-East Asia. Now it’s threatening the forests of our North-East
Scientists and conservationists have long argued that, given the vast amount of degraded forestland in the tropics, large-scale and long-term restoration efforts are urgently needed, not just to help reverse historical trends of global deforestation but also to mitigate climate change and meet h ...
New global forest restoration initiatives – such as the Bonn Challenge, Initiative 20×20, AFR100, the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets – present an unparalleled opportunity to reverse the trend of deforestation and forest degradation in the coming years.
As the world moves into an era above the ominous 400 parts per million carbon dioxide threshold, carbon storage and reforestation are becoming even more significant.
A new study published in the Oikos journal has revealed the vital role fruit-eating birds play in dispersing the seeds of more than 90 percent of tropical trees. Size also matters since larger birds contribute more to plant regeneration than medium-sized birds.
Brazil will restore 22 million hectares of land in what’s being called “the largest restoration commitment ever made by a single nation.”
When a forest falls prey to disease, pests, drought or clearing by humans, the impacts ripple well beyond that local ecosystem, according to a new study.
England fells more trees than it plants and government must keep to its targets to evade deforestation, say forestry groups
In November, the Peruvian government pledged to improve the traceability of timber flows through export documentation, authentications after harvest and before export, and new penalties.
A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles -- pheromone baiting -- may actually help the pest's population increase, UBC research shows.
USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) teamed up this past October to host series of seminars focused on integrating biodiversity and forests into diverse development objectives including food security, the fight against zoono ...
Illegal land clearing hits highest levels since 2008 as environmental policies come under attack.
The Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, has decried the severe cases of land degradation and deterioration of habitat for migratory birds due to deforestation resulting from wood-fuel, energy and housing activities.
YAEDA VALLEY, Tanzania – “Carbon,” said Mzee Sinze while sitting in the shade of an ancient, giant Baobab tree. “Carbon is very important to us Hadzabe.”
OSLO, Norway, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- If the Paris Agreement is to be honored, countries in the Global North must commit to fund conservation efforts in the Global South. That is the conclusion of Bard Harstad, a professor of environmental economics at the University of Oslo.
Biodiversity is not just a conservationist ideal, it is a high-value strategy, according to new research. It makes forests more productive, and could deliver up to $500bn a year in wealth across the planet.
The forest is dark and damp as the sun struggles hard to break through the leaves. During the monsoon, incessant rain batters the dense forest canopy, rainwater drips to form trickling streams where the mist plays hide and seek. This is the enchanting forest of the Western Ghats, known as a biod ...
It’s definitely a contender. Africa’s tallest indigenous tree – measuring a whopping 81.5 metres – has been discovered in a remote valley on the continent’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
University of Western Australia Albany research scientist Peter Speldewinde has holidayed in Sabah, a Malaysian state in northern Borneo, for 16 years.Until last year, he had no idea a pilot revegetation program in a local jungle offered a dream opportunity to investigate how forest restoration ...
The rainforests of Didy in eastern Madagascar usually ring with the calls of the indri, the island’s largest lemur. There is a different noise now: the chopping of trees, digging of gravel, and cheers of encouragement from the thousands of illegal miners who have flooded to these forests since s ...
A team of scientists conducting a recent biodiversity survey in the ancient church forests of Ethiopia made an unexpected discovery -- a rather infamous ant species (Lepisiota canescens) displaying signs of supercolony formation. The discovery is significant for two reasons. First, supercolony f ...
In discussions around climate change and natural resources, one widely mentioned oversimplification is that "cutting trees is bad for the environment." While true that global forest loss has environmental implications, sustainably managed working forests can provide impressive climate benefits i ...
Rainforest cover in the Indonesian archipelago has since declined rapidly in recent years giving way to large-scale plantations of rubber and oil palm. A recent study published in Nature Communications finds that small-scale farming can be just as damaging to biodiversity as the plantations, sin ...
Iep Diah still misses the forests that used to cover the gentle hills near her home in the district of Aceh Tamiang, in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. “There used to be hundreds of different trees here,” recalls this 40-year-old woman. Today, however, only one can be seen on thos ...
Canada has the third largest area of forest in the world, covering 402 million ha. The country thus plays an important role in timber production and in the global carbon cycle.
Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests.
The largest naturally grown walnut forest in the world provides a livelihood for many people - but the forest is slowly dying. A new sustainable approach is supposed to save it.
Deforestation in Tanzania is often attributed to unsustainable charcoal production, shifting cultivation, overgrazing and illegal timber harvesting. This is, for instance, the case in The REDD Desk’s resource on Tanzania, but is also reflected in many other popular scientific and media articles.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Like many countries, there is money in Ethiopia’s forestry sector – both regulated and unregulated. The most recent official figures from Global Forest Watch show that the country’s forestry sector contributed $893.7 million to the economy in 2011, or about 3.2 percent of ...
COP22 has revealed signs of real momentum toward an effective role for tropical forests in achieving a low carbon future, writes Tony Juniper. Now for the hard bit - connecting with realities on the ground to make it happen. This will mean working with indigenous and other forest communities to ...
An inventory of Indiana's older forests already has identified more than 1,250 species, with hundreds more still being tallied. (Indiana Forest Alliance)
In June this year, Malaysia claimed history for having the tallest tropical tree in the world, a Yellow Meranti in Malaysian Borneo standing at 89.5 meters. Five months later, the record was shattered.
As palm oil has become one of the most in-demand global commodities over the past several years, oil palm plantations have proliferated quickly throughout the tropics. Oil palm is currently grown in more than 40 countries, and these operations are often associated with high levels of deforestati ...
Hunting has dramatically reduced wildlife biodiversity in forests near rural villages in the Central African nation of Gabon, a new Duke University-led study finds.