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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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#114681
2017-10-02

Rare Leisler's bat roost found in Galloway Forest Park

The rare Leisler's bat has taken up a maternity roost in Galloway Forest Park, the second confirmed site for it in Scotland. The grouping of female bats come together in a location in late summer to have their pups.

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#114682
2017-10-02

Save the dry forests

FORESTS and oceans account for a bulk of the country's pristine natural resources and are considered wholly important in maintaining a healthy ecosystem as well as bringing revenue for Fijians.

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#114694
2017-10-02

Two new ‘birdcatcher’ trees described from Puerto Rico

From the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, scientists have described two new species of Pisonia trees — a group of notorious “birdcatcher trees” known to produce sticky seeds that can entangle (and sometimes even kill) birds.

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#114660
2017-09-29

Tropical forests now emit more carbon than they soak up'

The world's tropical forests are so degraded that they now emit more carbon into the atmosphere than they capture, countering their role as a carbon sink, according to a study that highlights the urgent need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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#114661
2017-09-29

Don't just rely on NGOs': finding solutions to deforestation

Half of the world’s rainforests have been felled in a century. If deforestation carries on at the same rate, they may be gone in 100 years. Food companies are a big part of the problem; agriculture is the largest single cause of forest loss. And they are also part of the solution, with hundreds ...

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#114654
2017-09-28

Seeing Canada through the trees: Why Canadians can lead the world in forest conservation

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000 Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. Our forests are the reason why I’ve ha ...

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#114627
2017-09-27

Rodents of unusual size? Researchers find giant, tree-dwelling rat in Solomon Islands

Deep in the forests of Vangunu in the Solomon Islands lives a rat like no other you've likely ever seen. It's more than four times the size of an average rat and weighs more than a kilogram.

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#114591
2017-09-26

More species than expected found in Cobaw State Forest

COBAW State Forest is home to a wider array of species than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of Macedon Ranges Council’s environmental officer William Terry after winding up a six-month project involving motion sensor cameras, trapping and spotlight activities.

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#114594
2017-09-26

A very hungry caterpillar is killing trees in New England

Walking through the woods near her home in Marlborough, Connecticut, Matylda Biskupski couldn’t help but notice that the forest seemed bare. “There’s very little shade. It’s very weird,” said Biskupski, a freshman at Rham High School.

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#114560
2017-09-22

Project uses drones to monitor the health of the Amazon

The Amazon basin, home to the largest rainforest in the world, plays a crucial role in maintaining the planet's carbon budget, absorbing and storing billions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. But a tipping point looms on the horizon—one that may turn one this vital carbon sink into one of the ...

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#114551
2017-09-21

UMN researchers find recipe for forest restoration

The good news: Recognizing the incredible value of forests in providing habitat, storing carbon dioxide, purifying water and more, people around the world are working to restore forests destroyed in the past by human activities such as logging and farming. The bad news: In some places, it's prac ...

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#114552
2017-09-21

Winter restricts innovation—A new model for tropical plant biodiversity is based on the ‘storage effect’

Tropical forests are home to many more species than forests to the north. For example, almost 1,200 tree species inhabit the 4.2 million square kilometers of temperate and boreal forests in the Northern Hemisphere, while an astonishing 1,440 tree species inhabit just 0.25 square kilometers of tr ...

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#114474
2017-09-18

Oil palm firms advance into Leuser rainforest, defying Aceh governor’s orders

Oil palm plantation companies are still eating away at the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Indonesia’s last best rainforests, despite a provincial ban on forest clearance to make way for the lucrative estates.

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#114462
2017-09-15

Light at the end of the tunnel: Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species

During the last twenty years, scientists worked hard to protect and restore the scattered patches of a dilapidated forest and its surroundings of agricultural and fallow vegetation in southern Benin.

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#114465
2017-09-15

Conservationist Inspired by Tiny Monkey to Save Colombia’s Forests

Rosamira Guillen, voted in high school as most likely to become a designer, studied architecture as an undergraduate. But she always enjoyed environmental planning and, through a master’s degree at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY and a Fulbright scholarship, focused her studies on landscape architectur ...

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#114408
2017-09-13

Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast

The world’s chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a devastating scale in West Africa, the Guardian can reveal. Cocoa traders who sell to Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and other big brands buy beans grown illegally inside protected areas in the Ivory Coast, where rainforest cover has been reduc ...

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#114405
2017-09-12

Secret recipes of the forest in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan the pull of the Caucasus is strong. The mountains attract both Azeris and foreign visitors. Near Gabala, bears, deer and wild boar are never far away. But the forests hide other unexpected delights… for the taste buds.

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#114326
2017-09-05

Timberland Helps Cotton Production Return to Haiti

Cotton production had largely disappeared from Haiti over the past three decades, but in recent years, a coalition of companies and non-profits has striven to bring the industry back to the impoverished nation. Last month, Timberland and the NGO Smallholders Farmers Alliance (SFA) announced they ...

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#114266
2017-08-31

Greenpeace activists protest against illegal logging in Romania’s Ciucas Mountains

Several Greenpeace activists from Romania blocked on Thursday, August 31, the exploitation of wood in a quasi-virgin forest in Ciucas Mountains. The forest is managed by state-owned company Romsilva.

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#114267
2017-08-31

A Clever Way to Conserve Forests

As climate change looms, economists and scientists continue to seek ways to reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere. There is a lot of research into ways we can preserve our modern way of life while reducing carbon emissions, especially in the already-developed world. Sometimes a low-te ...

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#114268
2017-08-31

Bamboo can be a perfect substitute for timber

A country should have at least 25% forest coverage to maintain the ecological balance. However, the forest land and resources in Bangladesh continue to deplete at an alarming rate to meet the ever-increasing demand of timber fuel.

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#114269
2017-08-31

How scientists use Google and crowdsourcing to map uncharted forests

No single person could hope to count the world’s trees. But a crowd of them just counted the world’s drylands forests — and, in the process, charted forests never before mapped, cumulatively adding up to an area equivalent in size to the Amazon rainforest.

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#114270
2017-08-31

Guam’s forests are being slowly killed off – by a snake

Can a snake bring down a forest? If we’re talking about the Pacific island of Guam, the answer may well be yes.Our research adds to mounting evidence that the killing of many of the island’s bird species by an invasive species of snake is having severe knock-on effects for Guam’s trees, which re ...

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#114271
2017-08-31

Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation

A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there.

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#114253
2017-08-30

A big difference between Asian and African elephants is diet

New research has shown that there are significant differences between the Asian and the African forest elephant - and it isn't just about size and the shape of their ears. It is about what they eat and how they affect forest ecosystems.

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#114187
2017-08-25

Tanzania: Why Charcoal Trade Must Be Checked

Morogoro — Energy sources in developing countries remains a major issue as a big percentage of the population continues to depend on firewood and charcoal for their fuel needs.

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#114172
2017-08-24

More American chestnuts than thought, not enough to fight decline: study

There are more American chestnut trees in Ontario than researchers expected to find, but the number of new trees is not large enough to stop the decline of the species, University of Guelph researchers say.

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#114173
2017-08-24

How Listening to Trees Can Help Reveal Nature's Connections

David George Haskell is nothing if not a patient observer. In the course of one year, he stood watch over a single square meter of old-growth forest in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he teaches biology and environmental studies at the University of the South. Those observations resulted in Haskell’s ...

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#114165
2017-08-23

Food crisis compelling pythons to migrate to human habitats

Recently, a large number of pythons have been found near human habitats, especially in Chittagong which saw 30 pythons caught over the past two years.Why are the snakes, which are generally wary of humans, migrating to populated areas? The answer is evident – food crisis and deforestation.

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#114147
2017-08-22

Targeted forest regeneration: A blueprint for conserving tropical biological diversity?

Tropical forests contain more than one-half of all plant and animal species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at the highest rate of any forests worldwide. Furthermore, many of the most threatened tropical species are restricted to 20 or so biodiversity hotspots, which are sites tha ...

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#114156
2017-08-22

Identifying the world’s top biodiversity investment returns

When portions of a previously contiguous forest are carved away, so-called “fragmented forests” are created, and now-isolated species find it increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy and sustainable population. Species in fragmented forests start to head toward extinction within in less than ...

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#114133
2017-08-18

Most countries lose out with forest-to-farm conversions

A new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore maps tropics where deforestation have the most and the least gains, and aims to guide policymakers to realise whether their deforestation strategies make economic sense.

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#114094
2017-08-15

Most countries are better off with intact forests

Atlantic Forest, Gulf of Guinea and Thailand will benefit from forest conversion. Latin America, South-East Asia and Madagascar won’t see gains from conversion. Losses from deforestation is three times more than the gains from farm conversion.

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#114101
2017-08-15

Protecting a forest in the land of the Indonesian deer-pig

In a village in the northern part of Indonesia's giant Sulawesi island, hunters pursue rare animals that are protected by the law. A local affiliate of NGO BirdLife International is working with locals to preserve the Popayato-Paguat forest block — and the dozens of endemic species within. The ...

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#114091
2017-08-14

Allowing polluters to offset carbon emissions by paying forest owners effectively reduces greenhouse gases, Stanford study finds

A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.

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#114092
2017-08-14

Pakistan’s ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ surpasses Bonn challenge commitment

Pakistan’s province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has reached a new milestone by planting one billion trees in two years, exceeding a global commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.

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#114076
2017-08-11

Study shows the cost of deforestation in Cambodia

For the first time, researchers have calculated the financial contribution the forest makes to Cambodia's economy - an estimated US$129.84 million per annum.

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#114026
2017-08-09

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the "fines and fences" approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded. More recently, conservationists have embraced the notion of "win-win": a dream world where people and nature thrive side ...

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#114011
2017-08-07

How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest

These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation data.

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#113982
2017-08-02

Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity

In a first of its kind study, Mizzou researchers find landowners receiving payments are decreasing deforestation, maintaining biodiversity.

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#113973
2017-08-01

Guidelines for Forestry Monitoring to Support Achievement of Global Goals

The Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Monitoring cover technical and scientific approaches to optimizing inventory, statistical modelling and estimation, and remote sensing, and also include guidance on strategic planning and communication and dissemination of results. Forestry experts in Latin Am ...

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