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#113666
2017-07-06

Skin microbe diversity can vary with forest type and habitat in Brazilian frogs

The diversity of microbes on the skin of frog species in Brazil's Atlantic Forest can vary with habitat, according to a study published July 5, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ananda Brito de Assis from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and colleagues

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#113593
2017-07-05

Ethiopia: Drought-Hit Ethiopia Moves to Protect Its Dwindling Forests

Chilimo — 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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#113594
2017-07-05

How WWF Stops Deforestation Worldwide with Corporate Engagement

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), up to 58,000 square miles of forest is lost annually – the equivalent of 48 football fields a minute. The result of this deforestation is a threat to the estimated 1.6 billion people who rely on forests for their way of life, as well as to some of the most ...

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#113595
2017-07-05

Merabu’s efforts to keep the carbon in its trees

MERABU, Indonesia — The district of Berau on Borneo island is one of the world’s largest sources of coal for power generation (it gained notoriety in 2010 in the Bakrie-Rothschild coal deal). Berau is also a national leader in Indonesia’s palm oil and pulp and paper sectors.

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#113566
2017-07-04

A look inside Meghalaya's lesser known sacred groves

Meghalaya is known to have some of the wettest places on the planet — Cherrapunji and Mawsynram — which attract tourists and onlookers. However, perhaps the best kept secret of the state is its sacred groves — forest patches traditionally protected by communities — spread in the hill districts. ...

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#113540
2017-06-30

The black forest and climate change

As the climate change progresses, droughts are expected to become more and more common and more intense in Europe, as in many parts of the globe.

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#113541
2017-06-30

Beef (and Burger King) still eating away at forests

Burger King has pledged to stop deforestation by 2030 - that's just greenwashing, environmental activists say. Suppliers for the fast food chain are still responsible for deforestation in South America.

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#113558
2017-06-30

Gabon commits to protect its forests

Paris, France - Today the Government of Gabon and the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) signed a Letter of Intent for 18 million US dollars to protect the country’s forests and accelerate the fight against climate change.

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#113511
2017-06-29

Carpathian Beech Primeval Forests mark 10 years as UNESCO site

The primeval forests in the Poloniny National Park were inscribed on the List of the Biggest UNESCO World Heritage – of the most important global cultural and natural monuments.

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#113512
2017-06-29

Central Africa: Gabon Pledges to Protect Forests in Regional Drive to Save Congo Basin

Dakar — Protecting forests is widely seen as one of the cheapest and most effective ways to reduce the emissions driving global warming

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#113513
2017-06-29

Cameroon: Refugees Reduce Conflict, Protect Forests With New Stoves

Mbile — Briquettes made with clay and sawdust from local saw mills are easier to light than firewood and also free. Seated on a kitchen chair, Adisa Issa, a 50-year-old refugee from Central African Republic (CAR), is cooking soup, her pot balanced on a clay stove fuelled by small briquettes.

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#113514
2017-06-29

A leopard kingdom grows right in the middle of a concrete jungle

PUNE: Those who don't know much about forests they may not under stand the real importance or uniqueness of leopards -present in almost every part of the country, including Pune.

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#113515
2017-06-29

Listen to forest beats to assess environmental health

If humans have heart beats, forests have forest beats or soundscapes, and soundscape ecology is deemed an important tool for evaluating human impacts to forest health.

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#113516
2017-06-29

As deforestation rises, charcoal burners worry

It is common to see a convoy of bicycles with bags of charcoal neatly stack on carriers, descending steep slopes on the banks of the Kafue River in the mining town of Kitwe.

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#113517
2017-06-29

China Focus: Evolving forest policies breed greener growth

Walking along the shady zigzagging mountain paths, village head Deng Wenshan recalls a decision made 19 years ago that transformed the mountains and his village.

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#113532
2017-06-29

Rare tree voted second best in England to be felled

A rare tree in Sheffield which is home to a threatened butterfly species will be felled despite experts advising it could be saved. A wildlife charity has criticised the 'disappointing' decision to remove the 120-year-old Huntingdon Elm on Chelsea Road, in Nether Edge.

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#113468
2017-06-23

Footprints in the forest: the future of the sumatran rhino

The rhino breeding center near the entrance to Danum Valley Conservation Area sits like an oasis of calm against the cacophony of beeps, woots and zaps of the surrounding jungle.

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#113469
2017-06-23

Can REDD+ help Brazil roll back rising deforestation rates?

Brazil - Land-use change represents more than 60 percent of Brazil’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the Amazon accounts for 65.2 percent of that amount, according to government figures, although those numbers are sometimes contested.

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#113470
2017-06-23

Chennai: Rain forests degradation threatens endemic rivers

Concerned over the degradation of forests and to improve the quality of rainforests officials and ecologists attached to the Tirunelveli forest division are now working on recent satellite images and research papers dating back to 1970s.

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#113484
2017-06-23

World’s first forest city begins constructed in China! Everything you need to know about new project to fight pollution increase

The world’s first forest city has begun construction in China, and the innovative project to fight pollution holds great hopes in the eyes of environmental enthusiasts who aim to make the earth a better and safer place to live in. The green city will be built in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China ...

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#113459
2017-06-22

Wild Carpathia: “the forest is Romanian’s brother”

The first-ever United Nations Summit on Oceans, which took place in New York on 5-9 June, has reached a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, with more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the ocean and the adoption of a 14-point Call for Action to conserve and sust ...

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#113390
2017-06-20

Religious leaders join forces to protect rainforests

OSLO: Religious leaders around the world met Monday in Oslo to urge further efforts to fight deforestation that is wiping out thousands of square kilometres of rainforests each year.

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#113360
2017-06-19

Forest restoration projects could create billions in new revenue

Nearly 5 billion acres of degraded and deforested land awaits restoration worldwide. As the economy surrounding landscape restoration, the New Restoration Economy, continues to develop, prospective investors are intrigued by the financial returns restoration projects can deliver.

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#113361
2017-06-19

When Koalas Lose Their Forests, They End Up In The Strangest Places

Koala habitat is disappearing, especially in Queensland, where land clearing laws enacted under the previous conservative state government remain in place despite a change of government.

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#113362
2017-06-19

The future of Canada’s forest industry hinges on innovation

Not everyone thinks of innovation when they think of Canada’s forest products companies. But the federal government has fully recognized that the future of the forestry industry and its 230,000 workers depends on the success of its continuing commitment to innovation and sustainable development ...

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#113376
2017-06-19

150-year records gap on Sulawesi ends with 5 new species in the world's largest tree genus

It seemed rather unusual that the largest tree genus, Syzygium, containing over 1500 species, was only represented by about a dozen of records on the biodiversity-rich island of Sulawesi, the latest new species description dating back to the mid-19th century.

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#113338
2017-06-16

Like a moth to a flame

In the last decade, 7 million hectares of boreal forest in Eastern Canada have been destroyed by the voracious insect known as the spruce budworm. And the outbreak is heading south again this spring, leaving devastation and fires in its wake.

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#113342
2017-06-16

Cocaine trafficking is destroying Central America’s forests

Kendra McSweeney knew that something was off. When the geographer at The Ohio State University in Columbus traveled to Honduras’s La Mosquitia region in 2011 to study its indigenous communities, she saw changes to the once lushly forested landscape that shocked her: huge, indiscriminate clearing ...

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#113354
2017-06-16

Ecologist Special Report: EU must back up its words with action on deforestation

Though the Earth loses forests at an alarming rate, the EU has yet to take decisive action against the most severe causes of deforestation. The EU must now act swiftly to ensure its consumption no longer drives forest destruction.

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#113309
2017-06-15

A sweet harvest in Wayanad forests

Massive blooming of wild flora has led to a spike in wild honey production. Summer has never been so sweet for the tribespeople of Wayanad. The massive blooming of wild flora aided by summer showers has led to a spike in wild honey production.

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#113310
2017-06-15

Your old cell phone can help save the rain forest

Topher White spends a lot of time walking in—and thinking about—the forest, and how quickly we’re losing it. So much so that he’s gotten a black eye from being smacked by flying tree branches.

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#113311
2017-06-15

No, palm oil not responsible for global deforestation

A little over a month ago, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry sought to extend a moratorium on issuing new licenses for using forest and peatland in the country for two years.

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#113281
2017-06-14

Why losing big animals causes big problems in tropical forests

There’s no doubt that animals play critical roles in maintaining healthy forests. In these species-rich ecosystems, birds and mammals – especially large ones – ingest seeds from all kinds of plants and, ahem, distribute them around the forest. If those seeds take root and grow, it closes the cir ...

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#113295
2017-06-14

Leopards revel in Siswan's nights

A comprehensive capture of the faunal diversity of the Siswan-Mirzapur belt using 35 day and night camera traps has established the presence of at least three leopards attended by a rich prey base in the form of sambars, wild boars, barking deer (Red muntjac), peacocks etc.

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#113300
2017-06-14

Replacing trees with bamboos halves the carbon storage capacity of forests

Subtropical forests are among the most important ecosystems in terms of carbon sinks, fixing carbon from the atmosphere. Recent evidence indicates that after selective logging, bamboos replace trees in subtropical forests, which leads to decreased carbon storage.

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#113262
2017-06-13

30 years of protecting the mysterious Okapi

The discovery of the elusive okapi, once believed to be a mythical unicorn, was one of the most exciting taxonomic findings of the twentieth century.

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#113254
2017-06-12

The oldest living thing on Earth

Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we're lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task.

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#113211
2017-06-08

California, Watch Out: The Invasive Coqui Frog is Coming

The voracious, cacaphonous amphibian has already disrupted the ecosystem of Hawaii's Big Island; now it's got a foothold in the Golden State

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#113143
2017-06-02

Why not both? Rainforest diversity stems from two seemingly irreconcilable processes

It’s crowded in the tropics. Take the plant world: 1,000 tree species can coexist in a small equatorial area of only a quarter kilometer squared, according to one forest ecologist, S. Joseph Wright. That’s about as many tree species as in all the temperate forests of the northern hemisphere comb ...

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#113146
2017-06-02

New carbon map will help protect the DRC’s rainforests

The DRC is home to 60 percent of the Congo rainforest, the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forests in the world. These forests not only store an immense amount of carbon but also harbor more than 15,000 plant and animal species, making the Congo rainforest one of the world’s most imp ...

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#113053
2017-05-26

Study finds moratorium does little to curb deforestation

A new study has found forest cover losses in Indonesia remained high during a six-year moratorium on forest conversion.

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#113062
2017-05-26

Push for conservation: Eight endemic species of Kolhapur get tagged

The forest department has come up with an idea of declaring the unique species of Kolhapur as the district flower, plant, animal and reptile and announced conservation plans.

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#112997
2017-05-23

The rainforest contains clues that can help scientists diagnose Earth's changing vital signs

Late one afternoon last October, Scott Saleska encountered a weirder-than-usual welcome to the remote Brazilian research station to which he had been coming for 17 years to study how the Amazon rainforest breathes.

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#112998
2017-05-23

High-tech rainforest map brings climate and conservation efforts into sharp relief

Outside of the Amazon, the rainforests of central Africa are the largest in the world. They contain huge amounts of carbon and wildlife—two items at the top of the list for those looking to protect the planet's health.

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#112999
2017-05-23

Remote sensing data shows massive erosion of forests in Kerala

When two children shouted out, “desert, desert”, while travelling in a train between north and south Kerala recently, their mother looked out in surprise because she had never heard of Kerala having a desert.

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#113000
2017-05-23

Worldwide Forest Estimates Increased

A team of international scientists has found new areas of forest equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. According to the latest statistics from the World Bank, there was an estimated forest area worldwide of just under 40 million km2, increasing the estimated forest cover globally by almos ...

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#112967
2017-05-22

Cacao tourism and an unexpected partner in forest landscape restoration in Guatemala

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is simultaneously boosting tourism, creating jobs and enhancing biological connectivity in the Guatemalan highlands with the help of the diverse membership of the national FLR roundtable.

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#112932
2017-05-19

Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel

Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared ...

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#112933
2017-05-19

Adorable 'Panda' Porpoise Could Go Extinct As Soon As 2018

Mexico's vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).

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#112908
2017-05-18

It's time to take count of elephants in district forests

The elephant census, done once in five years, began in the district on Wednesday morning. Carried out by at least 84 environmentalists and volunteers, the data would be compiled and submitted to the wildlife warden in Chennai at the end of the four-day census on Saturday evening.

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