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#107430
2016-03-01

Why the fate of Queensland’s forests is ‘sitting on the edge of a knife’

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.

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#107431
2016-03-01

Market-based conservation programs slow deforestation in Chile, study finds

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.

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#107369
2016-02-25

Drought adds fuel to fire as Zambia loses battle to save forests

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.

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#107356
2016-02-24

Thai forest’s survival story a model for world conservation

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.

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#107328
2016-02-23

Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity, or lack thereof, study finds

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.

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#107334
2016-02-23

Africa’s forests 'threatened by palm oil rush'

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.

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#107323
2016-02-22

Drought threatens nearly all U.S. forests

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.

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#107292
2016-02-19

Review finds EU plan to curb illegal logging has had little success

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.

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#107301
2016-02-19

Seven million hectares of forests have been lost in Argentina over the past 20 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.

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#107281
2016-02-18

In Borneo’s Ruined Forests, Nomads Have Nowhere to Go

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.

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#107282
2016-02-18

Western Ghats lost 35% of forest in 90 years

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 ...

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#107263
2016-02-17

RI orchid species threatened by deforestation

Indonesian orchids are increasingly coming under threat as rapid deforestation puts pressure on their natural habitats.

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#107235
2016-02-16

Regrown forests can thrive

In the face of rising environmental concerns, scientists have found carbon-reducing benefits from newly grown forests that were previously considered pointless.

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#107191
2016-02-11

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

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.

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#107145
2016-02-08

Bird experts highlight deforestation rates in important wildlife sites worldwide

An area of forest almost the size of Scotland has been lost from important wildlife sites worldwide in just over a decade, research suggests.

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#107147
2016-02-08

Better management could increase the climate benefits of European forests

Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically.

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#107148
2016-02-08

Tanzania: Research - Forest Income Must Benefit Communities

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 ...

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#107111
2016-02-05

Forests not equal when it comes to climate

Two studies show how different tree species affect both carbon storage and local temperatures.

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#107080
2016-02-03

Conservation plans that sacrifice people could fail

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.

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#107082
2016-02-03

New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity

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.

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#107040
2016-02-01

Deforestation is decreasing — or is it?

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.

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#107043
2016-02-01

Charred heritage the burning issue

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.

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#107044
2016-02-01

Final agreement reached to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

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.

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#107045
2016-02-01

Malawi: 'Dry Spell to Affect Survival Rate of Newly Planted Trees'

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.

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#107027
2016-01-29

Vines may be bad news for forest carbon storage

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.

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#107035
2016-01-29

Global plant conservation's phase one: The world checklist of hornworts and liverworts

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 ...

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#107009
2016-01-28

Does sustainable forest management actually protect forests?

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 ...

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#107010
2016-01-28

Most ‘frontiers of plantation expansion’ are losing far more trees to deforestation than harvesting

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.

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#107012
2016-01-28

Breakthrough in mapping tropical forests reveals broad extent of tree loss

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.

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#106999
2016-01-27

World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania

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.

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#106989
2016-01-26

South America’s white-sand forests: poorly known and under threat

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.

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#106971
2016-01-25

Indonesian birds on the brink as forests plundered

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.

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#106949
2016-01-22

Aceh citizens sue government to save Leuser Ecosystem

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.

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#106898
2016-01-19

Saving the Maya rainforest

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.

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#106877
2016-01-18

Kofi Annan endorses reforestation of Africa

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.

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#106859
2016-01-15

Countries call for new CITES protections for rosewood species

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 ...

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#106864
2016-01-15

Is eco-certification the solution to forest destruction?

In September 2015, a Peruvian cargo ship dropped off 71 shipping containers of rainforest wood on the docks of Houston, Texas.

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#106838
2016-01-14

Potential crisis in Sabah’s amazing Kinabatangan rainforest

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.

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#106781
2016-01-08

In rainforests, battle for sunlight shapes forest structure

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.

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#106764
2016-01-07

Will Uganda be able to fulfill its pledge to protect its forests?

Protected forests in northern Uganda are under strain as people clear trees for farmland and to make charcoal.

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#106771
2016-01-07

How an illegal logger turned forest champion in Peru

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.

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#106738
2016-01-05

Study shows the causes of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia

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 ...

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#106717
2016-01-04

Defender of New Guinea's hidden life

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 ...

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#106709
2015-12-30

To save rare forest, farmers try a new crop: butterflies

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.

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#106713
2015-12-30

California drought could kill tens of millions of trees

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.

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#106703
2015-12-29

Entire forests are under threat from drought: Nearly 60 million trees could be wiped out due to a lack of water in California

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.

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#106696
2015-12-23

Is zero deforestation possible for the Brazilian Amazon?

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 ...

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#106684
2015-12-22

How does the global commodity collapse impact forest conservation?

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.

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#106675
2015-12-21

Na Hang protects biodiversity

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.

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#106667
2015-12-18

Forests gain long-awaited recognition in Paris climate summit

The climate change agreement adopted by 195 countries in Paris last week raised the profile of forests in ways never seen before.

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