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For Africa's valuable mahoganies, it's the soil, stupid
A study by a scientist from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society has revealed how Africa's giant mahoganies, the ancient trees driving the tropical logging industry, require specialized, poorly understood soil conditions - results that could have huge implications on how Africa's tropical forests are managed. (2004-08-10)
NASA plays key role in largest environmental experiment in history
Researchers from around the globe participating in the world's largest environmental science experiment, the Large- Scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA), will, fittingly, convene in Brazil this week. (2004-07-27)
As humans alter land, infectious diseases follow
As people remake the world's landscapes, cutting forests, draining wetlands, building roads and dams, and pushing the margins of cities outward, infectious diseases are gaining new toeholds, cropping up in new places and new hosts, and posing an increasing risk to human and animal health. (2004-07-02)
CO2 fertilization is slowing global warming
A Boston College scientist has published new research introducing the concept of a CO2 fertilization factor for soil carbon, a way to measure an ecosystem's ability to store carbon in response to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (2004-06-17)
NASA data shows deforestation affects climate in the Amazon
NASA satellite data are giving scientists insight into how large-scale deforestation in the Amazon Basin in South America is affecting regional climate. (2004-06-09)
New highways drive accelerating deforestation in Amazonia
In today's issue of Science (21 May 2004), a team of U.S. and Brazilian scientists show that the rate of forest destruction has accelerated significantly in Brazilian Amazonia since 1990. (2004-05-21)
Conservation International & SC Johnson invest in Ecuador's rainforest to offset climate impacts
SC Johnson has made a $50,000 contribution to Conservation International to fund project work that will offset the carbon impacts associated with the printing and distribution of every SC Johnson Public Report dating back to 1991 as well as office paper for the past two years. (2004-04-13)
Improved crop production and fewer greenhouse gases
Kevin G. Harrison, an assistant professor in Boston College's Geology and Geophysics Department, has published research on a farming technique that can both increase crop yields and reduce the release of carbons that develop into greenhouse gases. (2004-03-29)
Field Museum researcher co-edits definitive book on Madagascar
The Natural History of Madagascar, Goodman and Benstead provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date synthesis available of this island's biological treasures. (2003-12-08)
Professor uses satellites to protect Amazon forests, global climate
The Amazon is the world's largest rain forest and home to an untold number of species and natural resources. (2003-12-05)
Nutrient pollution can exacerbate coral disease outbreaks and threatens coral reef health
Wildlife diseases are one of the primary threats to coral reefs and other endangered marine ecosystems. (2003-11-24)
Forest preservation work turns to Carolina hemlock
Since its founding, CAMCORE has worked with 38 different forest species, and collected seed in nearly 400 locations and from more than 10,000 trees. (2003-08-26)
In tropics, forests are cool but croplands are hotter
While croplands may provide more food than forests, they don't offer much relief from hot tropical climes, a new study finds. (2003-08-21)
Long-term study of humans and deforestation in Amazon Basin gets new support
A long-term study of human population and deforestation in the dwindling Amazon rainforest, conducted by anthropologist Emilio Moran and his colleagues at Indiana University Bloomington, is continuing with the support of a new $1.63 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2003-06-11)
ESA providing Kyoto estimates of French Guiana's tropical forests
ESA is providing data from its Earth observation satellites to monitor the tropical forests in French Guiana and help the French government meet its obligations under the international Kyoto Protocol agreement on global warming. (2003-06-05)
Cheap coffee is lousy for tigers, elephants, rhinos Science says
How's this for a bitter aftertaste? Cheap coffee, the kind that comes in industrial-sized cans, may be contributing to the loss of tigers, elephants and rhinos living half a world away, according to a study by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, published in the journal Science. (2003-04-24)
Tropical deforestation and global warming
Late last year, Frédéric Achard and colleagues published a controversial article in which they contended that earlier estimates of worldwide tropical deforestation and atmospheric carbon emissions were too high. (2003-02-13)
Midwest wetlands almost gone but may still have most species
Wetlands in the Midwest? It may be hard to believe but vast areas of today's Corn Belt used to get so wet that malaria was common. (2003-01-28)
Oregon power companies offset carbon through investment in Ecuador's rainforest
To combat global warming while conserving biodiversity, Conservation International and the Jatun Sacha Foundation, an Ecuadorian conservation organization, have launched a carbon offsets project to reforest 680 acres of degraded pastureland in northwest Ecuador. (2002-10-29)
Study predicts Amazon deforestation could affect climate in US
New mathematical simulations of climate behavior by Duke University researchers indicate that deforestation in the Amazon can cause a reduction of rainfall in the Midwestern United States and the Dakotas in the summer, when precipitation is most needed for agriculture. (2002-10-24)
Genetic diversity necessary for optimal ecosystem functioning, according to UGA research
Though it has long been known by scientists that an ecosystem needs different kinds of plants and animals for optimal functioning, University of Georgia scientists have recently found that the genetic diversity of species within a habitat also affects ecosystem processes. (2002-08-20)
Illicit crops threaten birds in Colombia
While Colombia has more bird species than any other country worldwide, much of their habitat is also suitable for growing coca and opium poppies. (2002-07-22)
Amazonian devastation: Common sense quantified to predict disaster
Threats to Amazonian forests are no news, but a team led by William F. (2002-07-05)
Long term lessons from Amazonia
A new book features results from one of the longest ongoing studies of forest fragmentation in the Amazon, the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project, a joint effort of Brazil's National Institute for Research in Amazonia and the U.S. (2002-01-28)
The Future of the Amazon
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the World Wildlife Fund-US will sponsor a half-day symposium entitled:The Future of the Amazon: Impacts of Deforestation and Climate Change (2002-01-21)
Smithsonian researchers show Amazonian deforestation accelerating
U.S. and Brazilian scientists led by William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute find that deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have accelerated over the last decade. (2002-01-14)
Land won't soak up carbon indefinitely say top scientists
A paper to be published this week in the journal Nature provides a new global view of terrestrial carbon sources and sinks and warns that current sinks cannot be counted on to mop up carbon dioxide emissions indefinitely. (2001-11-07)
Ecosystems slowed 1990s greenhouse gas buildup
Earth's land-based ecosystems absorbed all of the carbon released by deforestation plus another 1.4 billion tons emitted by fossil fuel burning in the 1990s, but we can't rely on this uptake to head off global warming in the future, according to NCAR's David Schimel, lead author of a study published this week in Nature. (2001-11-07)
Researchers put their heads together to understand complex world of wild plants and animals
What can abstract mathematical equations tell about animals and plants living in the wild? (2001-10-19)
Mountain cloud forests imperiled by lowland deforestation, says Science study
Loss of cloud formation over deforested lowland areas adjacent to the Monteverde mountain cloud forests in Costa Rica may spell trouble for these unique habitats and their diverse flora and fauna. (2001-10-18)
Amazon rainforest could be unsustainable within a decade
Talk of saving the rainforests is as burned into the collective minds of people as refrains to (2001-06-26)
Shift from forest to crops lowers temperatures
The conversion of forests to croplands in the Midwest over the last century has led to a measurable cooling of the region's climate. (2001-05-31)
An improved method for monitoring national and global deforestation
Estimates of deforestation that are significantly better than those currently used by the United Nations can be developed using data from NASA's new Earth Observing System Terra satellite and a University of Maryland-developed method for mapping tree cover. (2001-05-29)
Conservation battle faces long odds in Brazilian Amazon
A $40 billion onslaught of highways, railroads, hydroelectric projects and burgeoning population is overwhelming current efforts to promote conservation in the Amazon Forest of Brazil. (2001-01-17)
Five Rutgers professors named fellows of national science association
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, announces that five faculty are name AAAS Fellows. (2000-10-30)
Scientists see that sea surface temperature impacts drought and flooding in the Amazon rainforest
Rainfall patterns in the Amazon change when humans alter the land during deforestation and farming, causing some areas to suffer drought while other areas succumb to floods. (1999-12-14)
Biologist calls 30% of African primates 'living dead'
Despite huge losses of tropical forests worldwide, no primates are known to have died out there since the year 1600. (1999-09-29)
Rainforest birds keep dying out long after logging stops
Fragmented rainforests can keep losing biodiversity for a century, according to new research in the October issue of Conservation Biology. (1999-09-29)
Landsat 7 Starts Viewing The World
The first images, with twice as much detail as previous Landsat satellites, show Florida's panhandle, South Dakota, and a startlingly clear image of a jet contrail and its shadow on the ground. (1999-04-28)
Stepping Back To Get A Closer View
Scientists at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center will use images from Landsat 7, which launched last week, combined with other data to better understand the phenomenon of urban heat islands. (1999-04-21)
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