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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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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 ...

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#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 ...

News Headlines
#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.

News Headlines
#107502
2016-03-04

To save forests, look at farming practices

The most promising interventions to reduce emissions in tropical forest-rich countries like Indonesia, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) may not lie in the forest at all.

News Headlines
#107430
2016-03-01

Why the fate of Queensland’s forests is ‘sitting on the edge of a knife’

The northeastern Australian state of Queensland is home to lush tropical forests, unique wildlife, and rivers that feed into the largest reef system in the world.

News Headlines
#107431
2016-03-01

Market-based conservation programs slow deforestation in Chile, study finds

Together, two eco-certification programs and one clear-cutting moratorium reduced deforestation by up to 23 percent on participating plots. The most effective program, run by the Forest Stewardship Council, also entailed the greatest collaboration between industry and conservation groups.

News Headlines
#107369
2016-02-25

Drought adds fuel to fire as Zambia loses battle to save forests

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bare-chested, Alan Siyampondo shovels soil onto a smoking kiln stuffed with burning teak wood to produce a batch of charcoal in the heart of Dambwa Forest Reserve outside Livingstone.

News Headlines
#107356
2016-02-24

Thai forest’s survival story a model for world conservation

To keep Sakaerat forest’s world-class reputation, Thai agencies recently implemented a remote sensing system employing aerial and satellite photographs to help study and protect this one-million-rai jungle which spans Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Thong Chai and Wang Nam Khieo districts.

News Headlines
#107328
2016-02-23

Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity, or lack thereof, study finds

The types of beneficial fungi that associate with tree roots can alter the fate of a patch of tropical forest, boosting plant diversity or, conversely, giving one tree species a distinct advantage over many others, researchers report.

News Headlines
#107334
2016-02-23

Africa’s forests 'threatened by palm oil rush'

Africa’s tropical forests are threatened by a palm oil bonanza that has already razed millions of old-growth hectares in south-east Asia, Greenpeace France warned on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#107323
2016-02-22

Drought threatens nearly all U.S. forests

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- While the California drought has been a topic of discussion nationally for some time, researchers are now saying the effects of climate change -- and specifically, drought -- could put forests across the United States in danger.

News Headlines
#107292
2016-02-19

Review finds EU plan to curb illegal logging has had little success

In 2013, the European Union enacted the EU Timber Regulation law (EUTR) to help stem the tide of illegally sourced timber into EU states. But a recently released report by the European Commission (EC) finds relatively little progress has been made on that front in the last few years.

News Headlines
#107301
2016-02-19

Seven million hectares of forests have been lost in Argentina over the past 20 years

Agriculture in Argentina has expanded at an accelerated rate in the past twenty years due to technological advances, the use of genetically modified crops, and, in particular, to the cultivation of soybean.

News Headlines
#107281
2016-02-18

In Borneo’s Ruined Forests, Nomads Have Nowhere to Go

There’s a magic moment in the tropics, 15 minutes before sunset, when the horizontal shafts of the sinking sun filter through the surface vapor.

News Headlines
#107282
2016-02-18

Western Ghats lost 35% of forest in 90 years

Western Ghats, considered one of the global biodiversity hotspots, has lost forest cover to the tune of 33,579 square km, or 35.3 per cent, of the total forest over the last nine decades, indicating that it represents a vulnerable ecosystem, reveals the latest findings by the Indian Space Resear ...

News Headlines
#107263
2016-02-17

RI orchid species threatened by deforestation

Indonesian orchids are increasingly coming under threat as rapid deforestation puts pressure on their natural habitats.

News Headlines
#107235
2016-02-16

Regrown forests can thrive

In the face of rising environmental concerns, scientists have found carbon-reducing benefits from newly grown forests that were previously considered pointless.

News Headlines
#107191
2016-02-11

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

Camp 41, Amazonas – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.

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