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#115146
2017-11-13

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. University of Zurich researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales—from individual trees to whole communities—using r ...

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#115155
2017-11-13

260 million-year-old fossilised trees unveil Antarctica’s forested past before dinosaurs

Scientists have discovered fossil fragments of 260 million-year-old trees in Antarctica, a finding which shows that the frozen continent had a thriving forest before the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth. During Antarctica’s summer, scientists from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) in the ...

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#115156
2017-11-13

How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory.

A set of fundamental tactics ranging from the theoretical to the practical can be used to combat the challenges brought on by pests in rapidly changing forests, according to a research paper from Dartmouth College and the University of Santiago de Compostela.

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#115157
2017-11-13

Fertile soil: The growing world of forest conservation finance

Have you seen the brilliant crimson and amber of fall foliage in New England? Every year our trees make tourists and natives alike stop and stare in amazement as our region’s forests put on a final show in preparation for winter. But our vibrant forests are at risk.

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#115125
2017-11-10

New Study Finds Climate Change, Drought Threaten Giant Sequoias

A new study published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences finds that the giant sequoia, a fixture of California’s Sierra Nevada forests for the past 2.6 million years, might be in jeopardy from the effects of drought and climate change.

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#115126
2017-11-10

Indonesia tries to learn from Brazil’s success in REDD+

Indonesia is taking a page out of Brazil’s playbook as it seeks to catch up on its carbon reduction commitments and net a financial windfalll. Indonesia, a major emitter of carbon dioxide, largely through its forestry sector, has committed to initiatives to reduce emissions from deforestation an ...

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#115114
2017-11-09

Geologists uncover Antarctica's fossil forests

During Antarctica's summer, from late November through January, UW-Milwaukee geologists Erik Gulbranson and John Isbell climbed the McIntyre Promontory's frozen slopes in the Transantarctic Mountains. High above the ice fields, they combed the mountain's gray rocks for fossils from the continent ...

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#115084
2017-11-08

Hungry bears leave the forests to look for food in Romanian towns

The number of cases of brown bears looking for food in Romanian towns has increased significantly in the last days.However, the bears are not the only wild animals trying to get more food in this period, as some wild boars were also observed in downtown Sinaia, one of the most popular mountain r ...

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#115085
2017-11-08

Why Community Forests are Key to Solving Challenges of Urban Living

What comes to mind when you think of forests? Do they conjure feelings of tranquility, scenic landscapes, and wildlife? Or maybe you think of the great outdoors? Although these sentiments are commonly tied to forests, there is another type of forest that is rarely talked about but is key in resp ...

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#115087
2017-11-08

Could the peatlands of Congo be a carbon bomb?

Gruelling talks are unfolding in Bonn for implementing the UN's Paris Agreement on climate change, but many kilometres (miles) away, there are fears that any progress may be wiped out by a lurking carbon threat.

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#115088
2017-11-08

Rare victory for rainforests as nations vow to stop 'death by chocolate'

The governments of Ghana and the Ivory Coast are formulating plans to immediately put a stop to all new deforestation after a Guardian investigation found that the cocoa industry was destroying their rainforests.

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#115089
2017-11-08

This Rain Forest Holds Half Of Australia's Plant Species

Australia's Gondwana Rainforests protect more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.Reason: The protected areas include the world’s largest subtropical rain forest, a remnant of the rain forest-covered ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.

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#115033
2017-11-01

Reforestation effort in Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees

In the Brazilian Amazon, a new technique for planting trees, called muvuca is being used that results in stronger plants. Conservation International hopes to cover 70,000 acres in new forests, in an effort to prevent, or at least slow down a hot future.

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#115034
2017-11-01

A Veteran Explorer of Disappearing Forests Shares 5 Reasons All Is Not Lost.

Farming, logging, and even diseases like Ebola join a long list of forces currently erasing forests and animals from the planet. The trends can seem desperately bleak—a recent analysis shows global tree cover loss rose 51 percent last year.

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#115013
2017-10-31

Melting snow aids absorption of carbon dioxide October 31, 2017

It appears that something good can come from something bad. Although rising global temperatures are causing seasonal snow cover to melt earlier in the spring, this allows for the snow-free boreal forests to absorb more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

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#114987
2017-10-27

Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming

National parks and nature reserves in South America, Africa and Asia, created to protect wildlife, heritage sites and the territory of indigenous people, are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and so are slowing the rate of global warming, a new study shows.

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#115001
2017-10-27

Agroforestry: An increasingly popular solution for a hot, hungry world

At first glance Cameroon’s western regions seem lush, but a closer look shows a land degraded by overgrazing, unsustainable cropping practices, deforestation of vegetation for firewood, and uncontrolled bush fires.

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#114954
2017-10-24

Ecologist Joan Maloof speaks for the silent giants: Old-growth trees

The vista from the steps of Arlington House offers one of the most spectacular views of Washington. The scene unfurls, from the sloping lawns of Arlington National Cemetery to Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial and on to the Mall. The architectural geometry is leavened by the snaking Potoma ...

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#114924
2017-10-23

Economic headwinds buffet once-resilient Sumatran forest-farms

For more than a century, agroforests in the Sumatran port town of Krui used to be a prime example of how interspersing native tree species among crops could give locals an economic alternative to the ubiquitous oil palm and timber plantations that blanket the island.

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#114911
2017-10-20

New analysis suggests that preserving rare species is vital to tropical forests

We are in the midst of an extinction crisis,” said Jayanth R. Banavar, provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon and previously at the University of Maryland in College Park. “We are losing species perhaps more rapidly than ever before. It is the biodiversity of the species t ...

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#114913
2017-10-20

Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

New study shows logged rainforests shouldn't be written off as they have long-term conservation value. Logged areas found to have the same temperature as pristine forests

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#114901
2017-10-19

Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought

Before cutting down forest, land managers in drought prone areas might first consider the birds in the trees.According to a new study by biologists at Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the offspring of a certain songbird, the wood thrush, are more likely to survive drought ...

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#114880
2017-10-18

Collaboration helps reforestation take root

Almost three years after its adoption, the New York Declaration on Forests remains a landmark moment in the global fight to eliminate deforestation.

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#114876
2017-10-17

10 Keys To Slashing Deforestation In Just Two Years

Donuts, deodorant, buns and burgers. They’re killing us – and not just because of what they do to our bodies. No, the real problem is what the beef, soy, and palm oil that they’re made of – as well as the pulp & paper they’re packaged in – do to our forests and, by extension, our climate.

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#114878
2017-10-17

Giant lizards are thriving on Borneo’s oil palm plantations

Oil palm trees plague the once untouched and wild island of Borneo. Towering rainforests have been chopped down and the land turned into a monotonous monoculture of plantations, the principle source of palm oil. In the Malaysian region of Sabah, in the north of the island, these trees now cover ...

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#114848
2017-10-16

Research finds a dramatic increase in feral predators as fires make some native Australian animals even more vulnerable

Warily, the fox creeps up to sniff at a cluster of three metal tea strainers suspended from a pole in her territory. They smell of nuts, golden syrup and rolled oats. They are also at exactly the right distance for an infra-red camera triggered by her movement to catch her in the act.

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#114853
2017-10-16

Farming and forest loss: study exposes malaria’s best friends

A new study exposes the role of deforestation in amplifying malaria transmission, finding that forest loss and malaria is linked worldwide and not just a local phenomenon. The research, published in Environmental Science, builds on prior evidence that has linked deforestation to an increase in h ...

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#114798
2017-10-10

Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

Trees in tropical forests are well known for removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing the potent greenhouse gas as carbon in their leafy branches and extensive roots. But a new analysis led by Stanford University researchers finds that large forest animals are also an important part of t ...

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#114730
2017-10-04

South American howler monkeys may be more threatened than previously thought

Among the largest primates in the Americas and with one of the loudest calls in the animal kingdom, howler monkeys are iconic species of South American tropical forests. They live in several types of forest ecosystems, from dry to riparian and rainforest. Although the forests they inhabit are be ...

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#114700
2017-10-03

Know why Delhi's lung problem is becoming acute

Acting like a human lung, the ridge helps the city in its gaseous exchange, removing tonnes of carbon dioxide, which the city exhales and giving off life-supporting oxygen.It also helps in groundwater recharge, regulates temperature and acts as a sound barrier

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#114681
2017-10-02

Rare Leisler's bat roost found in Galloway Forest Park

The rare Leisler's bat has taken up a maternity roost in Galloway Forest Park, the second confirmed site for it in Scotland. The grouping of female bats come together in a location in late summer to have their pups.

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#114682
2017-10-02

Save the dry forests

FORESTS and oceans account for a bulk of the country's pristine natural resources and are considered wholly important in maintaining a healthy ecosystem as well as bringing revenue for Fijians.

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#114694
2017-10-02

Two new ‘birdcatcher’ trees described from Puerto Rico

From the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, scientists have described two new species of Pisonia trees — a group of notorious “birdcatcher trees” known to produce sticky seeds that can entangle (and sometimes even kill) birds.

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#114660
2017-09-29

Tropical forests now emit more carbon than they soak up'

The world's tropical forests are so degraded that they now emit more carbon into the atmosphere than they capture, countering their role as a carbon sink, according to a study that highlights the urgent need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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#114661
2017-09-29

Don't just rely on NGOs': finding solutions to deforestation

Half of the world’s rainforests have been felled in a century. If deforestation carries on at the same rate, they may be gone in 100 years. Food companies are a big part of the problem; agriculture is the largest single cause of forest loss. And they are also part of the solution, with hundreds ...

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#114654
2017-09-28

Seeing Canada through the trees: Why Canadians can lead the world in forest conservation

Forests define our Canadian geography and identity. One-third of our country is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory. Jobs in forestry employ more than 200,000 Canadians and support many Indigenous and northern communities. Our forests are the reason why I’ve ha ...

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#114627
2017-09-27

Rodents of unusual size? Researchers find giant, tree-dwelling rat in Solomon Islands

Deep in the forests of Vangunu in the Solomon Islands lives a rat like no other you've likely ever seen. It's more than four times the size of an average rat and weighs more than a kilogram.

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#114591
2017-09-26

More species than expected found in Cobaw State Forest

COBAW State Forest is home to a wider array of species than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of Macedon Ranges Council’s environmental officer William Terry after winding up a six-month project involving motion sensor cameras, trapping and spotlight activities.

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#114594
2017-09-26

A very hungry caterpillar is killing trees in New England

Walking through the woods near her home in Marlborough, Connecticut, Matylda Biskupski couldn’t help but notice that the forest seemed bare. “There’s very little shade. It’s very weird,” said Biskupski, a freshman at Rham High School.

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#114560
2017-09-22

Project uses drones to monitor the health of the Amazon

The Amazon basin, home to the largest rainforest in the world, plays a crucial role in maintaining the planet's carbon budget, absorbing and storing billions of tons of carbon dioxide annually. But a tipping point looms on the horizon—one that may turn one this vital carbon sink into one of the ...

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#114551
2017-09-21

UMN researchers find recipe for forest restoration

The good news: Recognizing the incredible value of forests in providing habitat, storing carbon dioxide, purifying water and more, people around the world are working to restore forests destroyed in the past by human activities such as logging and farming. The bad news: In some places, it's prac ...

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#114552
2017-09-21

Winter restricts innovation—A new model for tropical plant biodiversity is based on the ‘storage effect’

Tropical forests are home to many more species than forests to the north. For example, almost 1,200 tree species inhabit the 4.2 million square kilometers of temperate and boreal forests in the Northern Hemisphere, while an astonishing 1,440 tree species inhabit just 0.25 square kilometers of tr ...

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#114474
2017-09-18

Oil palm firms advance into Leuser rainforest, defying Aceh governor’s orders

Oil palm plantation companies are still eating away at the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Indonesia’s last best rainforests, despite a provincial ban on forest clearance to make way for the lucrative estates.

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#114462
2017-09-15

Light at the end of the tunnel: Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species

During the last twenty years, scientists worked hard to protect and restore the scattered patches of a dilapidated forest and its surroundings of agricultural and fallow vegetation in southern Benin.

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#114465
2017-09-15

Conservationist Inspired by Tiny Monkey to Save Colombia’s Forests

Rosamira Guillen, voted in high school as most likely to become a designer, studied architecture as an undergraduate. But she always enjoyed environmental planning and, through a master’s degree at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY and a Fulbright scholarship, focused her studies on landscape architectur ...

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#114408
2017-09-13

Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast

The world’s chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a devastating scale in West Africa, the Guardian can reveal. Cocoa traders who sell to Mars, Nestlé, Mondelez and other big brands buy beans grown illegally inside protected areas in the Ivory Coast, where rainforest cover has been reduc ...

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#114405
2017-09-12

Secret recipes of the forest in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan the pull of the Caucasus is strong. The mountains attract both Azeris and foreign visitors. Near Gabala, bears, deer and wild boar are never far away. But the forests hide other unexpected delights… for the taste buds.

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#114326
2017-09-05

Timberland Helps Cotton Production Return to Haiti

Cotton production had largely disappeared from Haiti over the past three decades, but in recent years, a coalition of companies and non-profits has striven to bring the industry back to the impoverished nation. Last month, Timberland and the NGO Smallholders Farmers Alliance (SFA) announced they ...

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#114266
2017-08-31

Greenpeace activists protest against illegal logging in Romania’s Ciucas Mountains

Several Greenpeace activists from Romania blocked on Thursday, August 31, the exploitation of wood in a quasi-virgin forest in Ciucas Mountains. The forest is managed by state-owned company Romsilva.

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#114267
2017-08-31

A Clever Way to Conserve Forests

As climate change looms, economists and scientists continue to seek ways to reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere. There is a lot of research into ways we can preserve our modern way of life while reducing carbon emissions, especially in the already-developed world. Sometimes a low-te ...

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