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How cash can promote tropical forest conservation

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they're discontinued, according to a new CU Boulder study involving 1,200 tropical forest users in five developing countries.

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Preserving Mexico City's Ecologically Vital Urban Forest

Strolling through the forest under a canopy of pine trees along a path lined with shaggy native grass, Agustín Martínez Villarreal pauses to point out signs that the endangered volcano rabbit passed this way recently. The little creatures were a common sight during his boyhood here, says Martíne ...

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This Hummingbird Chirps Like an Insect. Can It Hear Its Own Sound?

Claudio Mello was conducting research in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest about 20 years ago when he heard a curious sound. It was high-pitched and reedy, like a pin scratching metal. A cricket? A tree frog? No, a hummingbird.

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Country diary: the magic of moss

With winter almost over it’s tempting to hunker down during these last cold days and focus on the prospect of primroses and bluebells, but there is beauty to be found now in lowlier forms of plant life. Many woodland and grassland mosses begin new growth while it is still too cold for trees to l ...

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Walking among the world’s tallest trees

“When I look around this forest,” said ranger Jim Wheeler, “it has a tendency to give me perspective in life, to help me realise I’m just a very small part of a much bigger world.”

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Scientists are racing to save Europe's beloved ash tree

A fungus spreading rapidly east to west across Europe is wiping out valuable forests. Scientists are racing to plant and multiply resistant strains before the species disappears.

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Future scientists will study the world’s loneliest tree as a marker of a new geological era

On remote Campbell Island, in the subantarctic waters off New Zealand, stands a tree that keeps the record of global human activity.

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Geological change confirmed as a factor behind the extensive diversity in tropical rainforests

The tropical rainforests of Central and South America are home to the largest diversity of plants on this planet. Nowhere else are there quite so many different plant species in one place. However, the entire region is increasingly threatened by human activity, which is why researchers are stepp ...

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Seasonal patterns in the Amazon explained

Environmental scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have led an international collaboration to improve satellite observations of tropical forests.

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We should protect our forests

Forests are the lungs of the earth. The air we breath, the stability of our climate and the rich variety of life all depend on forests. Forests are home to nearly two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land and millions of people depend on them for survival.

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Ocean College: Guardians of the rainforest

This was to be a very special day: We'd spent the whole week at the One World Farm, a wildlife sanctuary in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The aim here isn't just to protect the rainforest and those who live in it, but to give volunteers a chance to get a taste of life within it and learn more ab ...

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‘It’s our home’: Pygmies fight for recognition as forest protectors in new film

The word “pygmy” conjures images of hunter-gatherers living deep in the Congo rainforest, far removed from the modern world. But that modern world is closing in on them, as the forests in which they live fall to provide the rest of the world with timber and make way for huge industrial farms.

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A theory of physics explains the fragmentation of tropical forests

In order to analyse global patterns of forest fragmentation, a UFZ research group led by Prof. Andreas Huth used remote sensing data quantifying forest cover in the tropics in an extremely high resolution of 30 meters, resulting in more than 130 million forest fragments.

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East Africa’s Albertine Rift needs protection now, scientists say

The equatorial ecosystems of the Albertine Rift are packed with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Formed as tectonic plates in eastern Africa have slowly pulled away from each other for millions of years, the unique habitats in this epicenter of biodiversity have rapidly come under ...

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Central Africa: Conserving Congo Basin's Forests - Cameroon Employs Fresh Impetus

A national forum which opened in Yaounde, Tuesday February 13, 2018, seeks to redynamise efforts to ensure the sustainable use of forest resources in Central Africa.

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About 159,000 hectares of forest restored in Azerbaijan

Over the past 16 years, about 159,000 hectares of forest have been restored in Azerbaijan. Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan Firdovsi Aliyev made the remarks at an event dedicated to the project on monitoring and assessment of forest resources to stre ...

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Mapping the first family tree for tropical forests

More than 100 researchers have collaborated to classify the world’s tropical forests according to their evolutionary history, a process that will help researchers predict the resilience or susceptibility of different forests to global environmental changes.

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Zero-deforestation pledges need help, support to meet targets, new study finds

It’s become a trend for big corporations to pledge that their products won’t cause any more deforestation. And while many experts believe in the potential of these “zero-deforestation” commitments to slow or stop deforestation, a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change fi ...

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Peru ends era of 'roadless wilderness' in its Amazon rainforests

Biodiversity reaches its zenith in south-east Peru. This vast wilderness of 2m square km of rainforests and savannahs is formed of the headwaters of three major river basins, the Juruá, Purús, and Madeira. Nowhere on Earth can you find more species of animals and plants than in this corner of th ...

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Forest conservation can have greater ecological impacts by allowing sustainable harvesting

New research at the University of Missouri has found that forest owners at greater risk of illegally cutting trees from their forests prefer to participate in conservation programs that allow sustainable timber harvesting. The findings of the study, conducted by Francisco Aguilar and Phillip Moh ...

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Biofuel boost threatens even greater deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia: Study

Global demand for biofuels containing palm oil looks set to grow sixfold by 2030, potentially driving the destruction of Southeast Asian rainforests the size of the Netherlands, a new report warns.

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Two Missed Opportunities To Protect The World's Forests

January is often a time for looking ahead, for positive thinking and resolutions. But for me, so soon into the year, disappointment has struck. 17th January 2018 will go down in my memory as a series of missed opportunities to protect the world’s forests.

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Europe's lost forests – study shows coverage has halved over six millennia

More than half of Europe's forests have disappeared over the past 6,000 years thanks to increasing demand for agricultural land and the use of wood as a source of fuel, new research led by the University of Plymouth suggests.

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Papua New Guinea's forests are being destroyed

Environmental groups say Papua New Guinea's government is sitting back while the country's rainforests are being destroyed. The Pacific nation has just overtaken Malaysia to become the world's biggest exporter of tropical hardwood.

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Appreciating our forest and protected areas

In parts of West Africa, forests are intimately linked with people, their ancestors and cultural heritage. Some consider forests as sacred spaces, providing meeting sites under “the big tree” to discuss important matters and make decisions.

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Can artificial intelligence thwart forest losses in the Congo?

Compared with the planet's other large tracts of tropical forests, the forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have remained relatively intact — although that soon may be changing. Driven by factors such as shifting cultivation (slash-and-burn agriculture), fuelwood demand, logging, mi ...

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Untouched forests fight climate change, but face threats

The world's rainforests take up extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but their ability to do so is threatened by drought and fragmentation.

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With ferns, fish and roots, Ecuador brings its rainforest to restaurant tables

Ferns that taste like asparagus when sautéed in olive oil and salt. Leaves with the flavour of garlic. A black, spicy sauce derived from bitter manioc root to go with paiche, a giant Amazonian fish.

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Ancient Tree Structure Is Like a Forest unto Itself

Cut into the trunk of a pine tree, and you will see a familiar series of concentric rings, each corresponding to a season of growth. But not all stumps tell the same story. A study published in November in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA reveals that the world's oldest tr ...

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Global attention on Ghana over discovery of special monkey at Atiwa

Ghana has attracted global attention as A ROCHA Scientists have discovered Cercocebus Lunulatus, a rare terrestrial Monkey in the Atiwa Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region.

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Bear-human conflict prompts proposal for nature reserve

Increased conflict between the black bear population and villagers in a mountainous region of southwest China has prompted local authorities to create a proposal for a nature reserve to protect the species.

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Tigers cling to survival in Sumatra's increasingly fragmented forests

Researchers on an expedition that tracked endangered tigers through Sumatran jungles for one year have found that tigers are now clinging to survival in low-density populations. The team's findings have renewed fears about the potential for extinction of these elusive predators.

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The largest land organism is … a fungus

The largest terrestrial organism on the planet is a fungus called Armillaria solidipes – or honey fungus. The largest honey fungus identified in North America is in Oregon. It measures 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) across! That’s considerably bigger than the biggest giant sequoia or African elephan ...

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As sea levels rise, 'ghost forests' expand

In the marsh lands of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, you may stumble across a spooky sight: hundreds of dead Atlantic white cedars poking out of the water. Some people call these places “ghost forests”.

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Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do.

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Malawi: Human Activity Endanger Bird Species in Misuku

Mzuzu — The Regional Tourism Office in Northern Region has expressed concern over the wanton cutting down of trees at Misuku Hills in Chitipa, saying the malpractice is endangering the survival and preservation of endangered bird and tree species.

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The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of drought catastrophe.

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Falling koala numbers not a crisis, says expert

Australia’s cuddliest native animal is at the centre of fierce scientific dispute, with new research challenging conventional assumptions about koalas, their relationship with the bush and the wisdom of conservation campaigns designed to increase their numbers in the wild.

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Peer review of a draft report submitted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) "Towards a sustainable, participatory and inclusive wild meat sector"

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/CS/VA/86619 (2017-126)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, TK Focal Points, indigenous peoples and locall communities, and other relevant organizations

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How our forests are adapting to climate change

How do trees adjust to the effects of global warming? EPFL researchers have studied how beech and spruce trees – two of the most common plant species in Europe – react to changing temperatures. And they discovered that the amount of moisture in the air plays a decisive role.

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Hundreds of fossil tree specimens belong to a single species

Paleobotanist Menno Booi discovered that 250 previously described fossil tree species are objectively not distinguishable and belong to only one single species.

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IUCN report raises red flag over threat to biodiversity in Western Ghats, says it can affect monsoon

Kochi: Biodiversity in India's iconic Western Ghats is facing a threat from forest loss, encroachment and conversion, says a global environment agency in its report.

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Scientists dispute missing dryland forests

Scientists are disputing the possibility that a significant portion of the world's forests have been missed in an earlier accounting of ecological diversity.

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The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

Forests fulfill numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they have a diversity of trees, according to a new study. As a second study demonstrates, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature conservation—sev ...

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A poem in my garden

We have one such poem — a beautiful one at that — at home. A tree that grew along with my children and now stands tall just outside my window — moving on to a third generation to provide space for my grandchildren to run around it. Although I prefer native species to exotic ones, this tree is an ...

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Forests can beat humans at restoration, new study finds

When it comes to restoring deforested landscapes, letting them regenerate naturally through passive means is generally cheaper than human-driven, so-called “active,” restoration techniques like re-planting. But a new study finds it can actually also be more effective in tropical ecosystems.

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‘Leaf Wonder’ In A World Of Changing Forests

Our ability to perceive red color is an oddity, one shared by our cousins the Old World monkeys and apes, but not by most other mammals. Evolution endowed our ancestors with an extra type of light-sensing cone cell that helped them see fruit and edible young foliage against a background of matur ...

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