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#109680
2016-08-23

Reversing deforestation, restoring landscapes

Asia Pacific - Regional leaders gathered this month in Brunei Darussalam to discuss ways to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific.

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#109669
2016-08-22

Tanzania: Forest Landscape Needs Urgent Restoration

Tanzania has a target of attaining middle income status by 2025. Various strategies have been developed to facilitate achievement of the national target namely through the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 (TDV), Second Five Years Development Plan 2016 to 2021 and the global Sustainable Developme ...

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#109648
2016-08-19

Rapid forest destruction puts Asia's wildlife at ris

[JAKARTA] Rapid conversion of natural forests in mainland South-East Asia have put more animals at risk of extinction but are not making it to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species.

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#109650
2016-08-19

Zimbabwe's parched forests fall prey to new pests

Insect infestations have killed tens of thousands of trees, already suffering from a severe El Niño drought

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#109626
2016-08-18

Researchers say addressing the second D in REDD can benefit the climate while ensuring timber harvests

Significant reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved by sustainable forestry practices in the tropics, researchers say — but so far, the world is not taking full advantage of this opportunity to mitigate global warming.

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#109610
2016-08-17

In search of a lost species: the Santa Marta Toro

In May 2011, two volunteer researchers had an unexpected visitor at the El Dorado Nature Reserve Ecotourism lodge in northwestern Colombia.

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#109597
2016-08-15

Last ditch effort to save ‘Aboriginal scar trees’ in former Riverlands golf course

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have launched a last-ditch effort to save hundreds of trees in Milperra they believe have Aboriginal significance.

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#109598
2016-08-15

New Forest being destroyed by growing number of ponies, says Chris Packham

Overgrazing is causing loss of woodland and wildlife as populations of the native breed have risen partly due to taxpayer subsidies, says the naturalist

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#109578
2016-08-12

Beyond The Bad Press: Rio de Janeiro’s Urban Forests

Over the next few weeks, the first Olympic Games ever to be hosted in South America will be taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the lead up to the global event, Rio has been getting extensive media attention, most of it not being the best of publicity. Inadequate and incomplete infrastruc ...

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#109579
2016-08-12

Forest fragmentation a danger to vulnerable species

Research stemming from the EU-funded TERRAGEN project has found that forest fragmentation has prompted a decline in species sensitive to changes in light, moisture and temperature.

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#109561
2016-08-11

Deforestation: A lingering legacy

When we humans cut down tropical forest, we have a good idea that there will be consequences. We know that clearing the land for a farm or a pasture or the timber it holds comes at the cost of a burst of carbon into the atmosphere, and that the habitat anchored by those trees will change pretty ...

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#109466
2016-08-05

What is the limit to oil palm expansion?

In recent years, the palm oil industry has enjoyed meteoric growth as palm oil has become the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet. It’s found in everything from nail polish to Kit Kats. This boom, however, has come at the expense of the vast tracts of forests that have been cleared to p ...

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#109446
2016-08-04

Assam's killer waters that also give life

GUWAHATI: Odds are that if you were driving down NH-37, which cuts through Kaziranga National Park in Assam, last week, you would have chanced upon a rhino or a deer making for higher land in neighbouring Karbi Anglong. .

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#109415
2016-08-03

Mother trees recognize kin and send them “messages of wisdom”

More information continues to surface that trees may be far more connected than we thought. Forest ecologist Suzanne Simard of The University of British Colombia gave a TED talk in June, during which she detailed research that shows mother trees recognize their kin. At a time when an increasing ...

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#109417
2016-08-03

Can ‘climate corridors’ help species adapt to warming world?

If you flip over a log in a forest in the southeastern U.S., you are likely to find a squirming salamander. A healthy forest floor, full of fallen branches and rotting leaves, provides these amphibians with the moisture, protection and food they need to survive and thrive. If rain falters or if ...

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#109419
2016-08-03

Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls

As climate changes and wildfires get larger, hotter and more frequent, how should public lands in the American West be managed to protect endangered creatures that, like the spotted owl, rely on fire-prone old-growth forests?

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#109389
2016-08-01

Africa: East Africa Leading Continental Forest Restoration Efforts

East Africa is leading the continent in a global effort to restore 350 million hectares of the world's deforested land by 2030, but it can do better.

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#109390
2016-08-01

How forest fragmentation is impacting on amphibian and reptile species

Experts call for new conservation guidelines after research shows 90% of tropical amphibian and reptile species are affected by the 'edge effect' and forest islands less than 500m in diameter are putting many at risk.

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#109338
2016-07-27

Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.

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#109284
2016-07-26

Why helping civil society investigate illegal timber is about much more than protecting forests and forest peoples

Sam Lawson is the founder of Earthsight, a London-based nonprofit whose mission is to promote the use of in-depth investigations to expose environmental and social crime, injustice and the links to global consumption. The views expressed here are his own.

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#109291
2016-07-26

Korea seeks to share reforestation skills at WFC in 2021

The Olympics is to sports what the World Forestry Congress is to the forestry sector. At the 14th WFC in South Africa, the Korea Forest Service expressed its willingness to bid for the upcoming WFC, which will take place in 2021.

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#109261
2016-07-25

On eve of Olympics, Amazon deforestation surges in Brazil

Preliminary data suggests deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be on the rise after years of remaining at historic lows.

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#109268
2016-07-25

Can't see the wood for the climbers: Vines threatening tropical forests

Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning.

News Headlines
#109242
2016-07-22

Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'

A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a study has shown.

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#109188
2016-07-18

Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security

FAO calls for better coordination between the two sectors towards sustainable farming systems and forest management

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#109158
2016-07-14

Tropical forests overexploited by unsustainable logging

Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.

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#109146
2016-07-13

Forest conservation can offset emissions from palm oil expansion in Africa: Study

A new paper published in the journal Conservation Letters suggests that if the governments of tropical African countries were to enact mandatory policies regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation, they could largely offset the emissi ...

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#109079
2016-07-04

Don’t Let Your Tires Destroy the World’s Forests

The way we move goods and people touches the planet. Every mile we drive delivers pollutants that are fundamentally altering the world’s oceans, forests and our water resources.

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#109059
2016-06-30

Watching a forest breathe

For the first time, scientists traced carbon dioxide flows through a forest during photosynthesis and respiration, correcting long-standing assumptions about how plants exchange the greenhouse gas with the atmosphere on an ecosystem-wide level. The results could help make climate prediction mode ...

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#109046
2016-06-29

'Rule-breaker' forests in Andes, Amazon revealed by remote spectral sensing

It turns out that forests in the Andean and western Amazonian regions of South America break long-understood rules about how ecosystems are put together, according to new research.

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#109049
2016-06-29

Benefits of Community Forest Management in Madagascar not evenly distributed: report

Community Forest Management (CFM) is an increasingly popular approach to conserving forests worldwide, due to the fact that involving the local community that uses and lives within the forests helps avoid the negative impacts of forest protection on forest-dependent communities and even often im ...

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#109053
2016-06-29

Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversity

Forest loss in the Amazon continues, but over the last decade, it has largely been slowing down in Brazil.

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#109013
2016-06-27

'Sweet business' of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe's forests

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt path beside a small river in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme.

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#109017
2016-06-27

Kenya: Players Begin Plans to Increase Kenya's Forest Cover

Stakeholders in forestry initiatives have endorsed a new plan that outlines specific measures to be undertaken across sectors to increase Kenya's forest cover to 10 per cent in the next 15 years.

News Headlines
#108997
2016-06-23

Forest Fires Can Heat Up the Whole Planet

A monster forest fire that began in early May is still burning in Canada’s vast, isolated north woods.

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#108966
2016-06-22

Significant humus loss in forests of the Bavarian Alps

Alpine forests will be at great risk should weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain become more frequent.

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#108923
2016-06-17

Sewage effluent fights desertification in Egypt

A forestry project in Egypt is using sewage effluent to nurture tree plantations in the desert, preventing desertification. The method has been so effective that it's attracted the interest of German forestry companies.

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#108925
2016-06-17

With new Norway-US forest cooperation, support grows to save forests by offsetting flights

This week at the Oslo REDD Exchange, Norway and the US committed to deeper collaboration over slowing climate change through forest protection. The agreement supports efforts within the International Civil Aviation Organisation to utilise a market system with incentives to reduce deforestation.

News Headlines
#108849
2016-06-08

European forest trees show high levels of biodiversity within one tree species

EU researchers have found that a single tree species may perform many different ecosystem activities, meaning that biodiversity is both between and within species.

News Headlines
#108850
2016-06-08

Bhutan’s forests the last Himalayan biodiversity refugia

Environment: Wildlife conservation in the region is proving increasingly difficult mainly due to loss of forest to various activities, forest officials said.

News Headlines
#108856
2016-06-08

Tallest known tropical tree discovered in Malaysia’s lost world

Behold the giant. The world’s tallest known tropical tree has been discovered in a rainforest in Malaysia, measuring a whopping 89.5 metres.

News Headlines
#108823
2016-06-06

More is better: Diversity, number of soil animals determine leaf decomposition in the forest

Small animals that decompose fallen leaves in the forest form complex food webs and are essential to a functioning ecosystem.

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#108824
2016-06-06

10 reasons to be optimistic for forests on World Environment Day

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of the world’s forests. Rates of forest loss remain persistently high, especially in the tropics and boreal regions.

News Headlines
#108815
2016-06-03

Why Protecting Canada’s Boreal Forest is This Century’s Great Conservation Idea

Historians would not consider 1916 a good year for the planet. The largest war the world had ever seen was raging in Europe, with millions of people killed and maimed and no end in sight.

News Headlines
#108794
2016-06-02

New palm oil figures: Biodiesel use in EU fueling deforestation

Once touted by some as an eco-friendly fuel of the future, palm oil has surged forward on the back of so-called green credentials to become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures revealed this week.

News Headlines
#108801
2016-06-02

Genetic diversity important for plant survival when nitrogen inputs increase

Genetic diversity is important for plant species to persist in Northern forests that experience human nitrogen inputs. This is one conclusions that Franziska Bandau draws in her PhD thesis.

News Headlines
#108773
2016-06-01

Here’s what’s driving deforestation in South America

Halting deforestation is such a critical part of combating climate change that it was enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article — yet few countries systematically monitor the drivers of deforestation within their borders.

News Headlines
#108783
2016-06-01

Accounting reveals that Costa Rica’s forest wealth is greater than expected

Costa Rica’s forests are an incredible success story. Following decades of rampant tree clearing for agriculture and livestock production, Costa Rica implemented protective policies in the 1980s that allowed forests to make a remarkable comeback.

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#108735
2016-05-31

SE Asia’s damaged peat swamps could release 8.7 gigatons of CO2

Clear-cut rainforests and homeless orangutans make for powerful images, but it’s what you don’t see — hidden just below the surface — that may be the most sinister threat from tropical development.

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#108765
2016-05-31

Nepal assesses forests for maximum carbon credits

[KATHMANDU] Nepal has begun reassessing the state of forests in the politically sensitive southern Terai plains following a national woodlands survey, the results of which were published five months ago.

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