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
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.
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dakar — Protecting forests is widely seen as one of the cheapest and most effective ways to reduce the emissions driving global warming
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
The voracious, cacaphonous amphibian has already disrupted the ecosystem of Hawaii's Big Island; now it's got a foothold in the Golden State
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 ...
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 ...
A new study has found forest cover losses in Indonesia remained high during a six-year moratorium on forest conversion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Mexico's vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).
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.