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#113459
2017-06-22

Wild Carpathia: “the forest is Romanian’s brother”

The first-ever United Nations Summit on Oceans, which took place in New York on 5-9 June, has reached a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, with more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the ocean and the adoption of a 14-point Call for Action to conserve and sust ...

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#113390
2017-06-20

Religious leaders join forces to protect rainforests

OSLO: Religious leaders around the world met Monday in Oslo to urge further efforts to fight deforestation that is wiping out thousands of square kilometres of rainforests each year.

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#113360
2017-06-19

Forest restoration projects could create billions in new revenue

Nearly 5 billion acres of degraded and deforested land awaits restoration worldwide. As the economy surrounding landscape restoration, the New Restoration Economy, continues to develop, prospective investors are intrigued by the financial returns restoration projects can deliver.

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#113361
2017-06-19

When Koalas Lose Their Forests, They End Up In The Strangest Places

Koala habitat is disappearing, especially in Queensland, where land clearing laws enacted under the previous conservative state government remain in place despite a change of government.

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#113362
2017-06-19

The future of Canada’s forest industry hinges on innovation

Not everyone thinks of innovation when they think of Canada’s forest products companies. But the federal government has fully recognized that the future of the forestry industry and its 230,000 workers depends on the success of its continuing commitment to innovation and sustainable development ...

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#113376
2017-06-19

150-year records gap on Sulawesi ends with 5 new species in the world's largest tree genus

It seemed rather unusual that the largest tree genus, Syzygium, containing over 1500 species, was only represented by about a dozen of records on the biodiversity-rich island of Sulawesi, the latest new species description dating back to the mid-19th century.

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#113338
2017-06-16

Like a moth to a flame

In the last decade, 7 million hectares of boreal forest in Eastern Canada have been destroyed by the voracious insect known as the spruce budworm. And the outbreak is heading south again this spring, leaving devastation and fires in its wake.

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#113342
2017-06-16

Cocaine trafficking is destroying Central America’s forests

Kendra McSweeney knew that something was off. When the geographer at The Ohio State University in Columbus traveled to Honduras’s La Mosquitia region in 2011 to study its indigenous communities, she saw changes to the once lushly forested landscape that shocked her: huge, indiscriminate clearing ...

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#113354
2017-06-16

Ecologist Special Report: EU must back up its words with action on deforestation

Though the Earth loses forests at an alarming rate, the EU has yet to take decisive action against the most severe causes of deforestation. The EU must now act swiftly to ensure its consumption no longer drives forest destruction.

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#113309
2017-06-15

A sweet harvest in Wayanad forests

Massive blooming of wild flora has led to a spike in wild honey production. Summer has never been so sweet for the tribespeople of Wayanad. The massive blooming of wild flora aided by summer showers has led to a spike in wild honey production.

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#113310
2017-06-15

Your old cell phone can help save the rain forest

Topher White spends a lot of time walking in—and thinking about—the forest, and how quickly we’re losing it. So much so that he’s gotten a black eye from being smacked by flying tree branches.

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#113311
2017-06-15

No, palm oil not responsible for global deforestation

A little over a month ago, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry sought to extend a moratorium on issuing new licenses for using forest and peatland in the country for two years.

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#113281
2017-06-14

Why losing big animals causes big problems in tropical forests

There’s no doubt that animals play critical roles in maintaining healthy forests. In these species-rich ecosystems, birds and mammals – especially large ones – ingest seeds from all kinds of plants and, ahem, distribute them around the forest. If those seeds take root and grow, it closes the cir ...

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#113295
2017-06-14

Leopards revel in Siswan's nights

A comprehensive capture of the faunal diversity of the Siswan-Mirzapur belt using 35 day and night camera traps has established the presence of at least three leopards attended by a rich prey base in the form of sambars, wild boars, barking deer (Red muntjac), peacocks etc.

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#113300
2017-06-14

Replacing trees with bamboos halves the carbon storage capacity of forests

Subtropical forests are among the most important ecosystems in terms of carbon sinks, fixing carbon from the atmosphere. Recent evidence indicates that after selective logging, bamboos replace trees in subtropical forests, which leads to decreased carbon storage.

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#113262
2017-06-13

30 years of protecting the mysterious Okapi

The discovery of the elusive okapi, once believed to be a mythical unicorn, was one of the most exciting taxonomic findings of the twentieth century.

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#113254
2017-06-12

The oldest living thing on Earth

Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we're lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task.

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#113211
2017-06-08

California, Watch Out: The Invasive Coqui Frog is Coming

The voracious, cacaphonous amphibian has already disrupted the ecosystem of Hawaii's Big Island; now it's got a foothold in the Golden State

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#113143
2017-06-02

Why not both? Rainforest diversity stems from two seemingly irreconcilable processes

It’s crowded in the tropics. Take the plant world: 1,000 tree species can coexist in a small equatorial area of only a quarter kilometer squared, according to one forest ecologist, S. Joseph Wright. That’s about as many tree species as in all the temperate forests of the northern hemisphere comb ...

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#113146
2017-06-02

New carbon map will help protect the DRC’s rainforests

The DRC is home to 60 percent of the Congo rainforest, the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forests in the world. These forests not only store an immense amount of carbon but also harbor more than 15,000 plant and animal species, making the Congo rainforest one of the world’s most imp ...

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#113053
2017-05-26

Study finds moratorium does little to curb deforestation

A new study has found forest cover losses in Indonesia remained high during a six-year moratorium on forest conversion.

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#113062
2017-05-26

Push for conservation: Eight endemic species of Kolhapur get tagged

The forest department has come up with an idea of declaring the unique species of Kolhapur as the district flower, plant, animal and reptile and announced conservation plans.

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#112997
2017-05-23

The rainforest contains clues that can help scientists diagnose Earth's changing vital signs

Late one afternoon last October, Scott Saleska encountered a weirder-than-usual welcome to the remote Brazilian research station to which he had been coming for 17 years to study how the Amazon rainforest breathes.

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#112998
2017-05-23

High-tech rainforest map brings climate and conservation efforts into sharp relief

Outside of the Amazon, the rainforests of central Africa are the largest in the world. They contain huge amounts of carbon and wildlife—two items at the top of the list for those looking to protect the planet's health.

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#112999
2017-05-23

Remote sensing data shows massive erosion of forests in Kerala

When two children shouted out, “desert, desert”, while travelling in a train between north and south Kerala recently, their mother looked out in surprise because she had never heard of Kerala having a desert.

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#113000
2017-05-23

Worldwide Forest Estimates Increased

A team of international scientists has found new areas of forest equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. According to the latest statistics from the World Bank, there was an estimated forest area worldwide of just under 40 million km2, increasing the estimated forest cover globally by almos ...

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#112967
2017-05-22

Cacao tourism and an unexpected partner in forest landscape restoration in Guatemala

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is simultaneously boosting tourism, creating jobs and enhancing biological connectivity in the Guatemalan highlands with the help of the diverse membership of the national FLR roundtable.

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#112932
2017-05-19

Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel

Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared ...

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#112933
2017-05-19

Adorable 'Panda' Porpoise Could Go Extinct As Soon As 2018

Mexico's vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).

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#112908
2017-05-18

It's time to take count of elephants in district forests

The elephant census, done once in five years, began in the district on Wednesday morning. Carried out by at least 84 environmentalists and volunteers, the data would be compiled and submitted to the wildlife warden in Chennai at the end of the four-day census on Saturday evening.

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#112919
2017-05-18

Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

he world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And so ...

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#112922
2017-05-18

$19 million reserved for conservation of special-use forests in Ha Giang

The planning for conservation and development of special-use forest areas is expected to be the basis for the development of natural preservation and diversity in Ha Giang. As a northern mountainous province with forest coverage and land for forestry development accounting for over 71% of the pr ...

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#112898
2017-05-17

Africa Calls for Funding to Restore Degraded Forests, Land

Investing in forest and landscape restoration as well as ensuring their sustainability will improve livelihoods of African people, experts have said. Speaking at a two-day Forest and Landscape Investment Forum in Kigali, yesterday, the experts called for investments to make green cover of more t ...

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#112876
2017-05-16

Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets – UN agency

The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening the realization of global sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline, according to the United Nations agricultural agency.

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#112877
2017-05-16

Burning wood: Can the EU see the forest for the trees?

Somewhere in the swampy forests of the southeastern United States, a cypress tree is felled. Its lifelong work of absorbing and storing carbon is over. It will no longer hold the ground firm against erosion, or shelter endangered wading birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Instead, the tree is drive ...

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#112878
2017-05-16

Drought in India: Conserving forests, effective use of floodplains can quell water shortage, says Prof Vikram Soni

India is facing the worst drought it has seen in the last 150 years, affecting the lives of millions of people across the subcontinent. Vikram Soni, professor emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Milia Islamia, came into prominence with his efforts to save the Delhi Ridge.

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#112879
2017-05-16

Opinion: Fighting climate change and famine with forests in the Horn of Africa

Right now, 17 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation. Massive crop failures, due to lack of rainfall, have led to a problem so dire that senior United Nations officials called this the worst humanitarian crisis they have faced. But they should have seen this coming: the r ...

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#112896
2017-05-16

'Narco-deforestation' study links loss of Central American tropical forests to cocaine

Central American tropical forests are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening the livelihood of indigenous peoples there and endangering some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America.

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#112859
2017-05-15

Global Forest Estimate Rises 9 Percent

An international team of scientists uncovered 1,803,097 square miles (467 million hectares) of previously unreported forest populating Earth’s dryland biomes, boosting forest cover globally by at least 9 percent, according to a study published last week (May 11) in the journal Science. This upda ...

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#112860
2017-05-15

Action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests

Urgent action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests and meet the 2030 development agenda

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#112861
2017-05-15

Protecting our forests

With drought and flood affecting not just Thailand’s agriculture but also everyday life. Bhubawit Kritpolnara, owner of top local fashion brand, Issue, together with Asst Prof Dr Anothai Cholachatpinyo of the department of Textile Science at Kasetsart University and actress Khemupsorn Sirisukha ...

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#112862
2017-05-15

Drought: 26 elephants died in southeren forests in just 4 months

As the south Indian states undergoing one of the worst droughts in the past century, the situation has become so bad that the wildlife in the state has been affected too, with several wild elephants dying due the heat. The death toll of jumbos has been on a steady rise in the last few months lea ...

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#112834
2017-05-12

'Lost' forests found covering an area two-thirds the size of Australia

A new global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands has "found" 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest – an area equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia.

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#112835
2017-05-12

Drylands greener with forests than previously thought

New research has, for the first time, made use of very high resolution images of Earth’s drylands, revealing that they hold a much larger portion of the world’s forests than previously thought.

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#112837
2017-05-12

How New Zealand's forests may transform in the future

Research from Victoria University of Wellington suggests the ancient forests on New Zealand's West Coast may be under threat from climate change in the near future.

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#112838
2017-05-12

Collaborative forest management: who benefits?

Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) is a form of participatory forest management where both communities and forest management agencies are involved in sustainable management of forests. CFM is therefore an arrangement in which a local community and a government authority share roles, responsib ...

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#112839
2017-05-12

The spooky, underwater forests of Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish

At the southern end of Lake Sammamish, just off Greenwood Point, several jagged, gray logs stick up from the water. They’re the only visible sign of an ancient, perfectly-preserved underwater forest that’s been sitting at the bottom of the lake for over a thousand years.

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#112853
2017-05-12

Tales of trees and Gods

Take a hike to the sacred groves dotting Madurai's countryside, listen to mythical tales of village deities and learn about native species of trees and plants

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#112805
2017-05-10

How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest

In the highlands of Ethiopia, California Academy of Sciences ecologist Meg Lowman and local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie have formed an unconventional partnership with local churches to protect the biodiversity of the country's ancient forests.

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#112786
2017-05-09

Forest encroachers remain untouched

Despite Wayanad being a critical biodiversity repository site along the Western Ghats, close to 1739.03 hectares of forest land in the eco-fragile district remain encroached. Environmentalists said that forest encroachments in Wayanad would pose a severe ecological impact as it has led to the de ...

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