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Land concessions responsible for large-scale deforestation in Cambodia

Land concessions for large-scale agricultural plantations are stripping off Cambodia’s forest cover, according to a new report by Forest Trends, a U.S.-based environmental protection group.

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Tropical forests totalling size of India at risk of being cleared, study warns

Washington-based Center for Global Development predicts 289m hectares (714m acres) of tropical forests will be felled by 2050 based on current trends.

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Scientists warn only 'simplified', degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century

A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world's remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world's most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science.

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Evidence of species loss in Amazon

Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence that deforestation causes drastic loss of tropical forest biodiversity.

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Will REDD+ help save Indonesia’s forest, or create ‘carbon cowboys’ instead?

During the past few years, the concept of REDD+ has emerged to protect forests and safeguard the livelihoods of those who live within and near them by providing a financial value for carbon left stored in forests.

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Zimbabwe’s Forest Carbon Programme Not All It Seems

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 14 2015 (IPS) - The efficacy of attempts to sustainably manage forests and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in Zimbabwe is increasingly coming under scrutiny as new research warns that the politics of access and control over forests and their carbon is challengin ...

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Future of Brazil’s babassu fruit breakers threatened by deforestation

Government plans to expand agribusiness in north-east Brazil could see native babassu forests – already hit by crop plantations – dissapear, ending a traditional way of life for thousands of families who depend on the fruit for their survival

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REDD+ in Brazil: Coordination needed. Now

Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has found.

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Amazon settlement study disputes deforestation claims

The resettlement of smallholder farmers in Brazil has spurred deforestation in the Amazon, according to fresh research on nearly 2,000 settlements in the region.

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Meet Peru’s new fleshbelly frog

In 2011, Peruvian researcher Vanessa Uscapi was looking for amphibians in the high Andean cloud forest of southern Peru when she chanced upon a little frog in the leaf litter. From the top it looked brown and nondescript – but then she picked it up and turned it over. On its underside were blotc ...

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Forest data platform now mobile-ready

Global Forest Watch, a platform that maps a wide range of forest data, is now optimized for mobile users, potentially extending the tool for ground-based forest monitoring and deforestation detection.

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Counting trees: 143 scientists just did

Forget about finding the needle in the haystack. An even more complicated task might be counting all the hay on the farm.

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Drought's lasting impact on forests

Forests across the planet take years to rebound from drought, storing far less carbon dioxide than widely assumed in climate models

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Drought's lasting impact on forests

In the virtual worlds of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to bounce back quickly from extreme drought.

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Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests

Ancient, highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report.

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Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say.

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Discovering untapped value in Europe's forests

Non-wood forest products can help boost the economies of remote mountainous areas of Europe, maintain local traditions and preserve unique landscapes for generations to come. Exploitation of a variety of non-wood products also means that rural communities are less dependent on just one 'cash crop'.

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Forester says greater use of wood needed to help protect nation’s forests

about his “forest of 400 years” in the town of Kihoku, Mie Prefecture.

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Insect-killed forests pose no additional likelihood of wildfire

As mountain pine beetles and other insects chew their way through Western forests, forest fires might not seem far behind. Lands covered by dead trees appear ready to burst into flame.

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Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence

As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence

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Controlled burns increase invasive grass in hardwood forests

Controlled burning is widely used to maintain biodiversity and enhance regeneration of important deciduous tree species such as oak and hickory, but a recent University of Illinois study found that this practice also increases the growth of an aggressive species of invasive grass.

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Unrestrained rubber expansion wreaking havoc on forests

As the global demand for tires soars, so does the demand for natural rubber sourced from Hevea brasiliensis, the para-rubber tree. This rising demand is driving a rapid expansion of rubber plantations into biodiversity-rich forests and croplands of Southeast Asia, according to a new study publis ...

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Rich forest diversity found in new Yunnan, China preserve

China’s southern Yunnan Province straddles the Myanmar border where the Mekong River flows, and the lowland tropics meet montane forests. This region is valued not only for its high biodiversity, but also its ability to support multiple distinct rainforest types at various elevations.

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Mega-dams doing drastic harm to tropical biodiversity: study

Researchers with the University of East Anglia say the full extent of impacts to biodiversity of large hydroelectric dams in lowland tropical forest regions have been "severely overlooked."

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Green Ghana project launched

The Green Ghana Programme seeks to help revegetate Ghana in both urban and rural areas. Speaking on the project in an interview, the Deputy Minister of MESTI, Dr Alfred Sugri Tia, said the sustainability of the forestry sector was currently being threatened by a myriad of problems.

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Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

unprecedented scale. But research from the University of East Anglia reveals that these major infrastructure projects are far from environmentally friendly.

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Some snowy forestlands cool climate better without trees

Forests worldwide are increasingly used to store carbon as a way to slow climate change, but a new study finds that some wooded areas may be more valuable without trees, allowing the cleared landscape to reflect rather than absorb the sun's energy.

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REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn.

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Brazil Seeks to Boost Beef Productivity by 82% to Protect Amazon

Brazil is encouraging farmers to boost productivity at cattle ranches around the Amazon rain forest as it seeks to balance environmental protection with economic production.

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Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests

Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests.

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Amazonian biodiversity protects health, livelihoods

Striding along an overgrown path in the woods, Micaela Fachín stops beside an ishpingo tree (Amburana cearensis), strokes the bark and squints up the tall, straight trunk. “I planted this years ago,” she says. “I won’t see it grow to maturity, but it will be here for my children or their children.”

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Are we undervaluing forests' role in the world’s growth story?

Like most fathers of teenage children, I am often accused of being out of touch. While my work takes me to many places, geographic and esoteric, my children do have a point: It is fair to say that much of the world of popular culture passes me by.

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Deal on forests at Bonn climate talks

A partial agreement has been reached at the Bonn climate talks on a project protecting forests, seen as crucial in absorbing global greenhouse gases.

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Japanese tree plantations causing nitrogen pollution

FUKUOKA, Japan, June 10 (UPI) -- New research suggests not all trees are "green." Some trees cause pollution. A new study out of Japan suggests some forests are polluters on par with industrial farms and urban expanses.

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Forest protection scheme sewn up at U.N. climate talks

BONN, Germany (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Negotiators reached a surprise resolution to thorny issues relating to forest protection at U.N. climate talks on Tuesday, increasing the odds it will be included in a new global climate deal due to be agreed in Paris in December, experts said.

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Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate Breakthrough

Climate-change negotiators meeting in Bonn today approved the technical provisions for REDD+, creating a standardized set of mechanisms that countries can begin incorporating into their climate strategies. Still unclear, however, is whether countries can meet their emission-reduction obligations ...

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Orang utan making way back to Malaysian forests

PETALING JAYA - Ten years ago, a heavily-logged forest in central Sabah was nearly empty of its original dwellers, the orang utan.

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Well grounded: orangutans are more terrestrial than previously thought

For years scientists have believed that orangutans are primarily arboreal. Indeed, most photographs and videos of orangutans depict them up in the trees.

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Forest communities map their land using data loggers

Simple data logging devices can help forest communities map their land and monitor environmental change, according to researchers running a trial.

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Can we increase harvest of woody biomass from European forests?

The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and other services that forests provide to humans.

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Analysis: Many tropical tree species have yet to be discovered

A global analysis raises the minimum estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000–53,000 worldwide in a paper appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, whose coauthors include researchers from the Center for Tropical Forest Science–Forest Global Earth Observat ...

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How many tree species are found in the world's rainforests?

The world's tropical rainforests are likely home to 40,000 to 53,000 tree species, argues a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Finance to protect forests must meet local needs: experts

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Madagascar has 7 million hectares of rainforest under protection as of this month, but stopping the poor people who live near those areas from illegally cutting down rosewood trees remains a challenge.

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Researchers solve another piece of the puzzle how forests can effect our climate

A first global scale study has estimated how forest emitted compounds affecting cloud seeds via formation of low-volatility vapours.

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Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business

LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand.

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Changes in forest structure affect bees, other pollinators

Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists.

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Romania acts to save forests from logging spree

A fierce debate has erupted over a new forestry code in Romania aimed at protecting unique wildlife habitats and controlling the logging industry.

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Save rainforests or they will worsen climate change, warns ex-WWF chief

Top environmentalist says areas of rainforest the size of Switzerland are lost each year and point of no return will be reached if politicians keep ignoring problem

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Lessons from an Indian Tribe on How to Manage the Food-Forest Nexus

RAYAGADA, India, May 19 2015 (IPS) - Scattered across 240 sq km on the remote Niyamgiri hill range in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, an ancient tribal group known as the Dongria Kondh have earned themselves a reputation as trailblazers.

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Smart reforestation must go beyond carbon: expert

BOGOR, Indonesia – Keeping carbon stored in trees. That’s one major way of tackling climate change.

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