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#114268
2017-08-31

Bamboo can be a perfect substitute for timber

A country should have at least 25% forest coverage to maintain the ecological balance. However, the forest land and resources in Bangladesh continue to deplete at an alarming rate to meet the ever-increasing demand of timber fuel.

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#114269
2017-08-31

How scientists use Google and crowdsourcing to map uncharted forests

No single person could hope to count the world’s trees. But a crowd of them just counted the world’s drylands forests — and, in the process, charted forests never before mapped, cumulatively adding up to an area equivalent in size to the Amazon rainforest.

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#114270
2017-08-31

Guam’s forests are being slowly killed off – by a snake

Can a snake bring down a forest? If we’re talking about the Pacific island of Guam, the answer may well be yes.Our research adds to mounting evidence that the killing of many of the island’s bird species by an invasive species of snake is having severe knock-on effects for Guam’s trees, which re ...

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#114271
2017-08-31

Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation

A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there.

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#114253
2017-08-30

A big difference between Asian and African elephants is diet

New research has shown that there are significant differences between the Asian and the African forest elephant - and it isn't just about size and the shape of their ears. It is about what they eat and how they affect forest ecosystems.

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#114187
2017-08-25

Tanzania: Why Charcoal Trade Must Be Checked

Morogoro — Energy sources in developing countries remains a major issue as a big percentage of the population continues to depend on firewood and charcoal for their fuel needs.

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#114172
2017-08-24

More American chestnuts than thought, not enough to fight decline: study

There are more American chestnut trees in Ontario than researchers expected to find, but the number of new trees is not large enough to stop the decline of the species, University of Guelph researchers say.

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#114173
2017-08-24

How Listening to Trees Can Help Reveal Nature's Connections

David George Haskell is nothing if not a patient observer. In the course of one year, he stood watch over a single square meter of old-growth forest in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he teaches biology and environmental studies at the University of the South. Those observations resulted in Haskell’s ...

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#114165
2017-08-23

Food crisis compelling pythons to migrate to human habitats

Recently, a large number of pythons have been found near human habitats, especially in Chittagong which saw 30 pythons caught over the past two years.Why are the snakes, which are generally wary of humans, migrating to populated areas? The answer is evident – food crisis and deforestation.

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#114147
2017-08-22

Targeted forest regeneration: A blueprint for conserving tropical biological diversity?

Tropical forests contain more than one-half of all plant and animal species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at the highest rate of any forests worldwide. Furthermore, many of the most threatened tropical species are restricted to 20 or so biodiversity hotspots, which are sites tha ...

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#114156
2017-08-22

Identifying the world’s top biodiversity investment returns

When portions of a previously contiguous forest are carved away, so-called “fragmented forests” are created, and now-isolated species find it increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy and sustainable population. Species in fragmented forests start to head toward extinction within in less than ...

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#114133
2017-08-18

Most countries lose out with forest-to-farm conversions

A new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore maps tropics where deforestation have the most and the least gains, and aims to guide policymakers to realise whether their deforestation strategies make economic sense.

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#114094
2017-08-15

Most countries are better off with intact forests

Atlantic Forest, Gulf of Guinea and Thailand will benefit from forest conversion. Latin America, South-East Asia and Madagascar won’t see gains from conversion. Losses from deforestation is three times more than the gains from farm conversion.

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#114101
2017-08-15

Protecting a forest in the land of the Indonesian deer-pig

In a village in the northern part of Indonesia's giant Sulawesi island, hunters pursue rare animals that are protected by the law. A local affiliate of NGO BirdLife International is working with locals to preserve the Popayato-Paguat forest block — and the dozens of endemic species within. The ...

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#114091
2017-08-14

Allowing polluters to offset carbon emissions by paying forest owners effectively reduces greenhouse gases, Stanford study finds

A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.

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#114092
2017-08-14

Pakistan’s ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ surpasses Bonn challenge commitment

Pakistan’s province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has reached a new milestone by planting one billion trees in two years, exceeding a global commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.

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#114076
2017-08-11

Study shows the cost of deforestation in Cambodia

For the first time, researchers have calculated the financial contribution the forest makes to Cambodia's economy - an estimated US$129.84 million per annum.

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#114026
2017-08-09

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the "fines and fences" approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded. More recently, conservationists have embraced the notion of "win-win": a dream world where people and nature thrive side ...

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#114011
2017-08-07

How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest

These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation data.

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#113982
2017-08-02

Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity

In a first of its kind study, Mizzou researchers find landowners receiving payments are decreasing deforestation, maintaining biodiversity.

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#113973
2017-08-01

Guidelines for Forestry Monitoring to Support Achievement of Global Goals

The Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Monitoring cover technical and scientific approaches to optimizing inventory, statistical modelling and estimation, and remote sensing, and also include guidance on strategic planning and communication and dissemination of results. Forestry experts in Latin Am ...

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#113962
2017-07-31

FAO introduces new guidelines on monitoring forest resources

FAO has developed new guidelines aimed at helping countries develop strong National Forest Monitoring Systems, which are key to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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#113959
2017-07-28

Commission to monitor forest with satellites to curb degradation and destruction

The Forestry Commission is to roll out a forest monitoring programme that uses satellites to monitor activities in the country’s forest and protect it against degradation and other forms of destruction.

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#113960
2017-07-28

First 'intrusions' into unbroken forests drive pulses of biodiversity loss

The study examined ‘initial intrusions’ into tropical forests and their effect on the threat status of species. The researchers found that deforestation at current rates in high-priority areas such as Borneo, the Congo Basin, and the Amazon could push 121 to 219 species closer to extinction in ...

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#113935
2017-07-27

Visualizing the impacts of human disturbance on tropical forest biodiversity

Efforts to protect wildlife often focus on keeping forests and the habitat they represent from being cut down. But research published in the journal Nature last year suggested that forest degradation resulting from human activities is perhaps just as urgent a threat to biodiversity as deforestation.

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#113889
2017-07-24

Rising carbon dioxide is making the world’s plants more water-wise

Land plants are absorbing 17% more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere now than 30 years ago, our research published today shows. Equally extraordinarily, our study also shows that the vegetation is hardly using any extra water to do it, suggesting that global change is causing the world’s plants ...

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#113890
2017-07-24

Time to End Subsidies That Are Destroying Forests

Something is destroying our forests. In tropical regions alone, we lose an area of forest the size of Austria every year. It is not demand from the forestry sector that is doing this. It is demand for commodities like beef, soy and palm oil. Most of our forests are being felled because of what’s ...

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#113893
2017-07-24

New analysis suggests prioritizing protection of intact forests to conserve biodiversity

A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.

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#113866
2017-07-21

Paying Uganda farmers not to cut down trees halved deforestation: study

Paying Ugandan farmers not to chop down trees cut deforestation in half and was almost 50 times more cost effective in fighting climate change than many energy efficiency programs in the United States, according to a study released on Thursday.

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#113880
2017-07-21

Brazil's Indigenous Tribes to Map Deforestation on Google Earth

Land clearance has risen over the last three years; a 29 percent increase was reported in 2016. Indigenous peoples in Brazil will now be able to map, in almost real time, the deforestation in the Amazon.

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#113831
2017-07-19

Queen Elizabeth recognises Hanover mountain range

Jamaica's Dolphin Head Forest Reserve in Kingsvale, Hanover, received the silverware designating it one of the best examples of forest management throughout the Commonwealth a little over a week ago.

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#113833
2017-07-19

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk

A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk published July 19 in the journal Nature shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.

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#113816
2017-07-18

The lynx effect: Case for and against reintroducing wild cats in Kielder Forest

They were once a common sight in forests across the UK.But the lynx disappeared from our countryside 1,300 years ago, most likely due to hunting and deforestation.

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#113804
2017-07-17

Why this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme disease

The critters run through forest floors throughout the eastern United States, snatching up acorns and other tree seeds, berries and bugs.

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#113805
2017-07-17

Tropical deforestation in Paraguay and our BBQ

The dry tropical forests of the Gran Chaco are disappearing faster than any other forests on earth, threatening endemic species and one of the last indigenous peoples living in isolation from industrialised society.

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#113772
2017-07-14

European Commission urges logging ban in ancient Białowieża Forest

The European Commission announced on 13 July that it is referring Poland to Europe's highest court after the Polish government declined to roll back controversial new rules that permit more tree-felling in Białowieża — a biodiversity hotspot and the largest remaining patch of a primeval forest t ...

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#113783
2017-07-14

A feast from the forest in Chhattisgarh

The familiarity of the unknown sometimes surprises us. Sitting under the sprawling shade of a tamarind tree, the Chhattisgarhi thali in front of me had that effect—a bowl of white steamed rice surrounded by sides of boiled and spiced cauliflower and potato, khatti bhaji (local leafy greens), sab ...

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#113791
2017-07-14

Big mammals flourish as Cerrado park’s savanna comes back

Part of Brazil’s most altered landscape has proven that it’s capable of regenerating after the effects of farming, timber plantations and ranching, according to a recent study. The research demonstrates for the first time that recovering areas in the savanna-anchored ecosystem known as the Brazi ...

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#113752
2017-07-13

GM, Michelin put brakes on deforestation linked to rubber

Forests and natural vegetation absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide that’s emitted worldwide from industrial activities, transportation and electricity generation, making forests crucial in the fight against global warming.

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#113757
2017-07-13

Seedlings face uphill battle with climate change

Scientists found that certain species of trees will not rapidly advance uphill as global temperatures rise. In other words, subalpine forests will not follow the climate up the mountain.

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#113734
2017-07-12

Communities Step Up to Help Save Jamaica’s Forests

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul 12 2017 (IPS) - According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 31.1 percent or about 337,000 hectares of Jamaica is forested. Of this, 26.1 percent or 88,000 is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest.

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#113720
2017-07-11

Guardian of the forest’ routinely culled in Madeira

As we hike through the cool, low-canopied forest along a levada – a centuries-old water canal carved out of the mountainside – our guide talks effusively of a pigeon.

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#113699
2017-07-10

Italy just got two new Unesco World Heritage sites

Two new Italian treasures were awarded Unesco World Heritage status at the weekend, and the country continues to boast more sites with the honour than anywhere else in the world.

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#113700
2017-07-10

First two Albanian natural sites get UNESCO protection

The first two Albanian natural sites have received UNESCO protection as an extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests.

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#113701
2017-07-10

Mozambique: Paving the Way towards Sustainable Forests

On July 10, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed the $6 million agreement to support the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to strengthen the sustainable management of its forest sector, promote good governance, improve forest concession systems, and enable ...

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#113702
2017-07-10

Punjab to promote medicinal plant cultivation

With an aim to protecting 20,000 hectares of forest area in Pathankot district, the state government has decided to promote cultivation of medicinal plants, which will not only provide a source of income to the local population living in hills and forests but will also create a voluntary force o ...

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#113703
2017-07-10

Africa’s forests and savannas are under threat, ignore it at your on peril

Tropical forests in the Congo for example have exceptionally high animal and plant species.ropical Africa has two distinct features – rain forests which are dominated by trees and savannas which are dominated by grasses. Both depend on rainfall quantity and seasonality. Seasonality measures how ...

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#113661
2017-07-06

Anyone wondering about the brown boxes appearing on trees in parts of Belfast?

Bat boxes have appeared on trees across Belfast in a City Council drive to teach people about bio-diversity. The brown boxes have gone up in recent months as part of the local authority’s Biodiversity Action Plan aimed at conserving certain species, raising awareness and getting people involved ...

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#113662
2017-07-06

Artists and Activists Demand End to Illegal Logging in Romania

Several large European firms will stop buying timber from Austrian company accused of turning a blind eye to illegal logging.Hundreds of trees in a Romanian forest are now yellow, purple, or red in a protest against rampant illegal logging.

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#113665
2017-07-06

Ethiopia’s plan to save its dwindling forests

CHILIMO, Ethiopia, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.

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