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#104452
2015-07-02

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.

News Headlines
#104412
2015-06-26

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.

News Headlines
#104417
2015-06-26

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.

News Headlines
#104418
2015-06-26

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.

News Headlines
#104358
2015-06-22

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.

News Headlines
#104338
2015-06-18

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.”

News Headlines
#104278
2015-06-15

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.

News Headlines
#104249
2015-06-11

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.

News Headlines
#104250
2015-06-11

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.

News Headlines
#104236
2015-06-10

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.

News Headlines
#104237
2015-06-10

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 ...

News Headlines
#104216
2015-06-09

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.

News Headlines
#104218
2015-06-09

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.

News Headlines
#104201
2015-06-08

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.

News Headlines
#104205
2015-06-08

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.

News Headlines
#104190
2015-06-05

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 ...

News Headlines
#104138
2015-06-02

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).

News Headlines
#104092
2015-05-28

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.

News Headlines
#104048
2015-05-27

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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#104033
2015-05-26

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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#104042
2015-05-26

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.

News Headlines
#103915
2015-05-21

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.

News Headlines
#103920
2015-05-21

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

News Headlines
#103909
2015-05-20

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.

News Headlines
#103881
2015-05-18

Smart reforestation must go beyond carbon: expert

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

News Headlines
#103812
2015-05-13

Saving trees and livelihoods in Armenia

Illegal logging is a problem in Armenia where trees are used for fuel or are exported. But now organizations are helping locals to benefit from the country's biodiverse forests by managing rather than exploiting them.

News Headlines
#103817
2015-05-13

Senior UN official tells Forest Forum how it can contribute to sustainable development

13 May 2015 – A new international agreement on forests should aim at advancing implementation of sustainable forest management and bring about a reversal of deforestation, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said this morning.

News Headlines
#103790
2015-05-12

Trees use water more efficiently when atmospheric carbon dioxide is high

Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have already caused large-scale physiological responses of European forests. In particular, the efficiency of water-use of trees, which is coupled to the uptake of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis of leaves and needles has changed significa ...

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#103781
2015-05-11

Clear-Cutting Romania: Logging Threatens One of Europe's Last Virgin Forests

It's not easy to fight for your cause with pepper spray in your mouth and eyes, but Gabriel Paun tried it anyway in front of the gate of a huge sawmill in the Romanian town of Sebes.

News Headlines
#103764
2015-05-08

Link forests into food security efforts, UN told

International efforts to address food insecurity must pay more attention to the role forests play in food production, say a panel of scientists.

News Headlines
#103769
2015-05-08

Protecting Indonesia's forests is a key issue for Paris climate talks

Deforestation of Indonesia’s vast jungles releases enough greenhouse gas to push the country into the top five global emitters. Strengthening its forest protection moratorium should be part of a climate agreement at Paris this year

News Headlines
#103773
2015-05-08

Link forests into food security efforts, UN told

International efforts to address food insecurity must pay more attention to the role forests play in food production, say a panel of scientists.

News Headlines
#103734
2015-05-07

New UN-backed report emphasizes possible contribution of forests to ending hunger

6 May 2015 – A new United Nations-backed report on the link between forests and food production and nutrition says that woodlands could be the key to ending hunger and will be intimately linked to the global fight against climate change.

News Headlines
#103706
2015-05-05

UN deputy chief calls for ‘meaningful decision’ on strengthened international arrangement on forests

4 May 2015 – Opening the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today called on delegates to work on agreeing a strengthened International Arrangement on Forests, which balanced ambition and practicality.

News Headlines
#103697
2015-05-04

We need to protect Congo’s forests against shifting cultivation… or do we?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the second-largest single block of forest in the world, and its forests make up two-thirds of the Congo Basin forest area

News Headlines
#103683
2015-05-01

Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost by 2030: WWF

ROME, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forests covering an area the size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal could be wiped out by 2030 unless action is taken now to protect it, environmentalists said.

News Headlines
#103671
2015-04-30

Zambia's Forest Ecosystems Contribute $1.3 Billion to the National Economy, Higher than Previously Thought

Nairobi, 28 April 2015 - Zambia's forest ecosystems contribute $1.3 billion, roughly 6.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to the national economy, further highlighting the crucial role forests can play in the global transition to a green economy, according to a new UNEP study.

News Headlines
#103662
2015-04-29

Solar panels for trees? Kenya barters to rebuild its forests

NYERI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an effort to reverse tree losses in the Nyeri Forest, an environmental initiative has turned to an unusual barter system, offering chickens, goats or solar panels in exchange for tree planting.

News Headlines
#103664
2015-04-29

Monkey droppings help scientists study their diets

JOSé MANUEL PANDO, Bolivia, April 28 (UPI) -- Biologists do their best to observe the behaviors of South America's saddleback tamarin, both from the vantage of the rainforest floor and by ascending into the canopy.

News Headlines
#103645
2015-04-28

Predicting deforestation before it happens

The world's leading forest monitoring platform may soon help predict deforestation before it occurs, potentially enabling authorities to prevent it altogether.

News Headlines
#103648
2015-04-28

Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF

Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades

News Headlines
#103617
2015-04-27

'Zero Deforestation' not necessarily the answer, environmentalists warn

Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both public and private spheres, including forest commodit ...

News Headlines
#103618
2015-04-27

Vulture culture atop coconut palms sends bird numbers soaring

NAVI MUMBAI: Around 200 km south of Mumbai in the picturesque coastal town of Shrivardhan in Raigad district, a meticulous Vulture Conservation Centre is slowly but surely taking shape atop tall coconut trees.

News Headlines
#103591
2015-04-23

In Indonesia, making REDD+ about carbon won't help biodiversity: study

In Indonesia, preferential targeting of REDD+ projects in high-carbon areas won't do much for biodiversity.

News Headlines
#103594
2015-04-23

Striking a Deal to Save the World's Forests

Tucked away in the Himalayas you'll find Bhutan -- one of the smallest countries in the world, but blessed with an abundance of natural treasures and beauty. It's a fairy-tale landscape.

News Headlines
#103584
2015-04-22

World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation

Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable practice for responsible businesses, reports Rainfore ...

News Headlines
#103520
2015-04-20

Growing need for deforestation-free rubber as tire demand destroys native forests

Surging demand for natural rubber is decimating some of the world's most endangered forests, putting wildlife and critical ecosystem services at risk, warn scientists writing in the journal Conservation Letters.

News Headlines
#103524
2015-04-20

Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger

Permaculture projects in Malawi are developing sustainable food systems. It is time the development sector took this ‘marginal hippy movement’ seriously

News Headlines
#103509
2015-04-17

Demand for rubber 'threatens forests'

Tropical forests are being cleared for rubber plantations, putting endangered birds, bats and primates at risk, say UK researchers.By 2024, up to 8.5 million hectares of new rubber plantations will be needed to meet demand, they report in Conservation Letters.

News Headlines
#103502
2015-04-16

Malawi Loses Nearly 200 Square Miles of Forest Annually

Lilongwe — Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Dr Allan Chiyembekeza has revealed that Malawi loses nearly 200 square miles of its forest and this translates into a deforestation rate of 2.8 percent annually.

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