The northeastern Australian state of Queensland is home to lush tropical forests, unique wildlife, and rivers that feed into the largest reef system in the world.
Together, two eco-certification programs and one clear-cutting moratorium reduced deforestation by up to 23 percent on participating plots. The most effective program, run by the Forest Stewardship Council, also entailed the greatest collaboration between industry and conservation groups.
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bare-chested, Alan Siyampondo shovels soil onto a smoking kiln stuffed with burning teak wood to produce a batch of charcoal in the heart of Dambwa Forest Reserve outside Livingstone.
To keep Sakaerat forest’s world-class reputation, Thai agencies recently implemented a remote sensing system employing aerial and satellite photographs to help study and protect this one-million-rai jungle which spans Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Thong Chai and Wang Nam Khieo districts.
The types of beneficial fungi that associate with tree roots can alter the fate of a patch of tropical forest, boosting plant diversity or, conversely, giving one tree species a distinct advantage over many others, researchers report.
Africa’s tropical forests are threatened by a palm oil bonanza that has already razed millions of old-growth hectares in south-east Asia, Greenpeace France warned on Tuesday.
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- While the California drought has been a topic of discussion nationally for some time, researchers are now saying the effects of climate change -- and specifically, drought -- could put forests across the United States in danger.
In 2013, the European Union enacted the EU Timber Regulation law (EUTR) to help stem the tide of illegally sourced timber into EU states. But a recently released report by the European Commission (EC) finds relatively little progress has been made on that front in the last few years.
Agriculture in Argentina has expanded at an accelerated rate in the past twenty years due to technological advances, the use of genetically modified crops, and, in particular, to the cultivation of soybean.
There’s a magic moment in the tropics, 15 minutes before sunset, when the horizontal shafts of the sinking sun filter through the surface vapor.
Western Ghats, considered one of the global biodiversity hotspots, has lost forest cover to the tune of 33,579 square km, or 35.3 per cent, of the total forest over the last nine decades, indicating that it represents a vulnerable ecosystem, reveals the latest findings by the Indian Space Resear ...
Indonesian orchids are increasingly coming under threat as rapid deforestation puts pressure on their natural habitats.
In the face of rising environmental concerns, scientists have found carbon-reducing benefits from newly grown forests that were previously considered pointless.
Camp 41, Amazonas – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.
An area of forest almost the size of Scotland has been lost from important wildlife sites worldwide in just over a decade, research suggests.
Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically.
A Research carried out by Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management and Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan, on Equity in Distr ...
Two studies show how different tree species affect both carbon storage and local temperatures.
The UN climate agreement signed off in Paris, France, in December 2015 intensified the global push to protect forests as ‘carbon sinks’ that can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The lower Las Piedras River, in the far west Amazon rainforest of the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru, is an incredibly biodiverse area — but it’s also the site of an increasing amount of deforestation.
It started, as many things do, with a rumor. In 2013 Matt Finer, a researcher with the Amazon Conservation Association, heard from locals that someone was cutting down rainforest deep in the Peruvian Amazon, far from prying eyes.
IN late summer 1969, I cajoled my ageing FC Holden along the back roads of Tasmania seeking the elusive blue gum. The roads were narrow, there were few places to camp and it rained every night.
The 20-year battle to protect the Great Bear Rainforest – the largest coastal temperate rainforest on the planet – is over, with the B.C. government set to announce Monday it has reached an agreement with environmentalists, forest companies and First Nations.
Nsanje — There is fear that the dry spell that has hit most of the county's districts will affect the survival rate of trees being planted in this year's tree planting season.
A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that vines called lianas reduce the carbon storage capacity of tropical forests by crowding out and sometimes even killing trees.
Although it was Charles Darwin himself who more than a century ago voiced his intention to support a complete catalogue of all known plant species, such is yet to be realised. In the present paper, however, an international research team present the first ever worldwide checklist of hornworts an ...
The Rio Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, brought the principles of sustainable forest management to the forefront of the quest to safeguard tropical forests and the habitat and carbon reserves they contain, while also providing for the social and economic needs of the peopl ...
Nearly all of the recent tree cover loss in several “frontiers of plantation expansion” is happening outside established plantation boundaries, according to a study released Monday by the World Resources Institute.
LONDON – New advanced satellite maps of tropical countries reveal that more than 90 percent of recent tree cover loss took place in natural forests rather than plantations, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity, research shows.
A global tragedy is unfolding in Tasmania. World heritage forests are burning; 1,000-year-old trees and the hoary peat beneath are reduced to char.
Published this month, a special issue of Biotropica, the journal of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), focuses on issues in South America’s under-studied neotropical white-sand forests.
Barely a few days old, perched on a nest of twigs inside an incubator, a newborn Indonesian songbird—cherished for its melodious chirp—tweets weakly as a tiny metallic ring is attached to its leg.
With the filing of a class-action lawsuit today in Jakarta, a bitter fight over the future of one of Sumatra’s last intact rainforests will move to the courts.
The Selva Maya is home to immense biodiversity - and the ancient Maya city of Tikal. Today, the forest is under threat but NGOs and locals are working together to save it, along with their livelihoods.
The replanting of forests can play a major role in achieving the climate objectives that were agreed in Paris. It is now time for investors to make a move and the 'Forests for the Future, New Forests for Africa' initiative has received the support of H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan.
This week, the 66th Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is meeting in Geneva, and multiple countries are calling for parties to the convention to address the urgent conservation dilemma posed by Asian demand for rosew ...
In September 2015, a Peruvian cargo ship dropped off 71 shipping containers of rainforest wood on the docks of Houston, Texas.
I have spent the better part of the past 45 years promoting conservation of primates and their tropical forest habitats, and have had the opportunity to visit and experience firsthand some of the most important sites for primates on the planet.
Competition for sunlight among rainforest trees leads to the remarkably consistent pattern of tree sizes seen in tropical forests around the globe, researchers have found. The finding help refine models of how rainforests absorb carbon dioxide and hold back rising global temperatures.
Protected forests in northern Uganda are under strain as people clear trees for farmland and to make charcoal.
Norbil Becerra once knew only one way to make a living: cutting down trees for illegal logging companies in the Peruvian Amazon, a 12-hour walk from his family in Peru’s northeastern San Martín region.
Southeast Asia has the greatest diversity of mangrove species in the world, and mangrove forests provide multiple ecosystem services upon which millions of people depend. Mangroves enhance fisheries by providing habitat for young fishes and offer coastal protection against storms and floods. The ...
On a beach overlooking the luminous waters of Nagada Harbour, beneath colossal mango trees, lie the ramshackle headquarters of the Papua New Guinea Binatang Research Centre. Here, in sweaty proximity, crews of European and Papua New Guinean scientists huddle over their latest haul of forest spec ...
The colourful butterflies fluttering through Zanzibar's Jozani forest are beautiful to look at, but for farmers and charcoal producers in the region, they mean something more: a paycheck.
As many as 58 million large trees in California are threatened by a record drought that has afflicted the state since 2011, says a study published Monday.Even if the weather phenomenon called El Nino produces more precipitation, California’s forests could suffer irreversible change, the report said.
As many as 58 million large trees in California are under threat due to the droughts that have ravaged the state since 2011. Even if the weather improves, and El Nino produces more precipitation as is expected, California's forests could suffer irreversible change, a report has revealed.
From 2005 to 2014, the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest went from 19,014 square kilometers (7,342 square miles) to 5,012 square kilometers (1,935 square miles): a reduction of about 70 percent. Impressive, to be sure, but the rate still remains high. Additionally, when the effects ...
Since early 2014, prices for most commodities produced in the tropics have plunged. Palm oil is down by 40 percent, logs from Malaysia and Cameroon are off by roughly a fifth, while soybeans have fallen by a third and beef a tenth.
Covering an area of more than 21,000 ha, facing the Gam river, Na Hang special-use forest, located in the uppermost Na Hang District of north-eastern Tuyen Quang Province, is ranked the 223rd most diverse eco-system in the world , according to the district's Forest Ranger Department.
The climate change agreement adopted by 195 countries in Paris last week raised the profile of forests in ways never seen before.