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Reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – by as much as one-fifth – research shows. In the first study of its kind, scientists have calculated the amount of carbon absorbed by the world's tropical forests and t...
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The Brazilian government, WWF and partners have committed $215 million for the protection of a vital part of the Amazon rainforest following an agreement signed today.The move will guarantee funds over the next two decades to ensure long-term protection of the world's largest network of protected ar...
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Africa’s Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has lost its much greenness over the past decade, a new analysis of satellite data shows. The study demonstrates that a persistent drought in the Congo region since 2000 has affected the greenness of an increasing amoun...
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The Congo, the world's second largest rainforest, is losing its greenness, finds a new study published in Nature. The research, based on analysis of NASA satellite data, reveals the impact of long-term drought that has affected the region in 2000. The study may help scientists forecast the Congo ra...
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Recovering from natural disasters usually means rebuilding infrastructure and reassembling human lives. Yet ecologically sensitive areas need to heal, too, and scientists are pioneering new methods to assess nature's recovery and guide human intervention. The epicenter of China's devastating We...
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Microsoft is helping to protect one of Madagascar's most pristine rainforests, after buying a block of carbon credits from the government. The IT giant confirmed last week that it has invested an undisclosed sum in the Makira REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation 'plus...
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Iroko trees are native to the west coast of Africa. Sometimes called Nigerian teak, their wood is tough, dense, and very durable. Their hardwood is so sought after that the trees are often poached and are now endangered in many regions of Africa. But a new scientific discovery may aid in refore...
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Climate change may push canopy-dwelling plants and animals out of the tree-tops due to rising temperatures and drier conditions, argues a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The development may be akin to "flattening" the tiered vegetation structure that characterizes the rain...
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SAN FRANCISCO – A massive fire burning near Yosemite National Park continued its spread Sunday, threatening not only ancient giant sequoia groves but also the municipal water and power system for San Francisco and nearby cities. The most-visited areas of Yosemite National Park are not in danger, off...
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Greenpeace reiterated its call for an end to deforestation in Brazil by 2015 and globally by 2020 during its launch of an awareness-raising expedition down the Amazon River aboard the Rainbow Warrior. Brazil is now the sixth largest economy in the world, the largest meat exporter and second largest...
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In the 1990s, life was simpler for environmentalists.  Crippling the logging industry was all that was needed to protect trees and birds. But, as in abortion or gun control, you have to sue everyone or you can sue no one and even responsible logging and clearing brush was stopped by environmen...
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By Jim Shelton It's time to add gassy trees to the list of climate concerns. According to a new study by Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, diseased trees may be releasing unusually large amounts of methane gas into the air. If the data holds up, it could alter forest ...
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by Justin Doom Deforestation of protected areas and illegal hunting of endangered species that live there has a greater impact on biodiversity than climate change, over-fishing and the degradation of coral reefs, according to a researcher. The “rapid disruption” of protected tropical for...
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'If this is happening in a national park that isn't even close to an urban area, what do you think is happening in your backyard?' By TRACIE CONE On a clear day, the view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park extends west for 105 miles across the patchwork of crops in California's agricultural...
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Researchers reporting online on May 24 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology present the first evidence that areas closed to all fishing are helping to sustain valuable Australian fisheries. The international team of scientists applied a forensic DNA profiling approach to track the dispersal pat...
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Google's latest Street View mapping projects let users take a stroll in the lush Amazon rain forest or the recuperating cities of Thailand, shining a spotlight on both deforestation issues and disaster recovery. Google has documented local roads, college campuses, malls and even airports in the 360...
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  Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell to the lowest level on record between August 2010 and July 2011 according to preliminary data from Brazil's National Institute of Space Research (INPE).Forest clearing during the period amounted to 6,238 square kilometers (2,408 square miles), down ...
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Mark Tercek knows a thing or two about money. For years he worked at the mega investment firm Goldman Sachs, where he headed the Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets divisions, and later went on to found the company’s Center for Environmental Markets. Since 2008, he’s been the president and ...
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Brazil: Proposed changes to Brazil's forest laws that will cut back protection and offer wide ranging amnesties for illegal deforestation threaten to undo the country's impressive performances in cutting back emissions and protecting biodiversity.     "As it stands now, the forest law i...
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FORESTS play a larger role in Earth's climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate measure so far of the amount of gree...
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