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Neotropical cloud forests to lose what most defines them: clouds
In as few as 25 years, climate change could shrink and dry 60-80% of Western Hemisphere cloud forests, finds a study published today. (2019-04-17)
Rainforest conservation in Peru must become more effective
A few years ago, the Peruvian government launched a program to protect the rainforest. (2019-04-05)
The carbon offset market: Leveraging forest carbon's value in the Brazilian Amazon
As companies seek and are required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, the world's carbon markets are expanding. (2019-04-05)
Team models cocaine trafficking response to counternarcotic efforts
A new computer model offers a much-needed, evidence-based tool to assess different cocaine interception scenarios and predict how drug smugglers react to attempts by authorities to intercept their narcotics. (2019-04-02)
Amazon rainforest could become US-China trade war casualty, experts warn
Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could accelerate as a result of the US-China trade war, University of Edinburgh researchers have warned. (2019-03-29)
KIT expert comments on current topic: Trade war imperils Amazon rainforest
Last year, the United States of America imposed tariffs of up to 25 percent on goods imported from China. (2019-03-28)
EU consumption results in high carbon emissions from tropical deforestation, studies show
A sixth of all emissions resulting from the typical diet of an EU citizen can be directly linked to deforestation of tropical forests. (2019-03-27)
Elevation matters when it comes to climate change, deforestation and species survival
A study examining the impact of deforestation on lizard communities in the Dominican Republic demonstrates differing outcomes at different elevations. (2019-02-25)
Climate goals of the Paris Agreement: Impact of land use
Significantly less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times -- this is the temperature to which global warming should be limited, according to the Paris Climate Agreement. (2019-02-19)
On the land, one-quarter of vertebrates die because of humans
Humans have a ''disproportionately huge effect'' on the other species of vertebrates that share Earth's surface with us, causing more than 25 percent of the deaths among an array of species all over the globe, according to a recently published study. (2019-02-11)
Palm oil not the only driver of forest loss in Indonesia
Large-scale agriculture, primarily for growing oil palms, remains a major cause of deforestation in Indonesia but its impact has diminished in recent years as other natural and human causes emerge, a Duke University study finds. (2019-02-01)
Inequality promotes deforestation in Latin America
Agricultural expansion is the main cause of deforestation in Latin America. (2019-01-25)
Social and environmental costs of hydropower are underestimated, study shows
Study shows that deforestation, loss of biodiversity and economic damage done to communities living near dams have not been factored into the cost of these projects. (2019-01-10)
Insect biological control shields tropical forests
An international team of scientists*, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of tropical deforestation and avert biodiversity loss on a macro-scale. (2019-01-07)
Revised Brazilian forest code may lead to increased legal deforestation in Amazon
Researchers show that up to 15 million hectares of forest risk losing protection owing to a new clause in the law under which state governments can let private landowners protect only 50 percent of their property, down from 80 percent previously, if over 65 percent of the state is protected by conservation units or indigenous reservations. (2019-01-04)
Forest soundscapes monitor conservation efforts inexpensively, effectively
Recordings of the sounds in tropical forests could unlock secrets about biodiversity and aid conservation efforts around the world, according to a perspective paper published in Science. (2019-01-03)
Organic food worse for the climate
Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required. (2018-12-13)
'Pest-controlling' bats could help save rainforests
A new study shows that several species of bats are giving Madagascar's rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. (2018-12-11)
Transforming our food system to ensure a sustainable future
By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. (2018-12-06)
Peace, not war, responsible for deforestation in armed conflict zones
Rates of deforestation in war zones increase dramatically once peace is declared, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-12-05)
Colombia tropical forest fires spike after 2016 Peace Accords
Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution. (2018-12-04)
Forest fragmentation disrupts parasite infection in Australian lizards
In a study with implications for biodiversity and the spread of infectious diseases, CU Boulder ecologists have demonstrated that deforestation and habitat fragmentation can decrease transmission of a parasitic nematode in a particular species of Australian lizard, the pale-flecked garden sunskink. (2018-11-29)
Powerful new map depicts environmental degradation across Earth
University of Cincinnati geography professor Tomasz Stepinski created a new world map showing dramatic changes in land use over the last quarter century. (2018-11-19)
Large areas of the Brazilian rainforest at risk of losing protection
Up to 15 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon is at risk of losing its legal protection, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (2018-11-14)
NUS study: Mangroves can help countries mitigate their carbon emissions
Geographers from the National University of Singapore have found that coastal vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes may be the most effective habitats to mitigate carbon emissions. (2018-11-09)
Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru
Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University's Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA). (2018-11-08)
Animal species becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation nearly complete
Species of reptiles, amphibians and other vertebrates are becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation has claimed more than 99 percent of the country's original wooded areas. (2018-10-29)
Deforestation triggered mass extinction of endemic animal species in Haiti
The findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest that in less than two decades Haiti will lose all of its remaining primary forest cover and, as a result, most of its endemic species will disappear. (2018-10-29)
Forest carbon stocks have been overestimated for 50 years
A formula used to calculate basic wood density has recently been corrected. (2018-10-16)
Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds
The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct, a joint study by the University of Sheffield and National University of Singapore has found. (2018-10-05)
Amazon rainforest conservation victories spill losses to neighbors
New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. (2018-10-04)
Amazon mangrove forest stores twice as much carbon per acre as region's famous rainforest
Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon's waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region's famous rainforest. (2018-09-27)
Policy-makers cannot afford to ignore soil sustainability
Soils play a key role in climate regulation, nutritious diets, agricultural livelihoods, and biodiversity. (2018-09-26)
When a tree lost is, or isn't, permanent deforestation: Mapping global forest loss
Despite numerous efforts by international governments, corporations and conservationists to reduce it, the overall rate of a permanent type of forest loss known as commodity-driven forest loss has not changed since 2001, a new map-based study reports. (2018-09-13)
End of Colombia conflict may bring new threats to ecosystems
The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. (2018-09-12)
Birds retreating from climate change, deforestation in Honduras cloud forests
Cloud forests are not immune to very down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. (2018-09-06)
Carbon emissions in African savannas triple previous estimates
Widespread tree felling in African savannas is producing at least three times as many carbon emissions as was previously thought, research suggests. (2018-08-24)
Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation
Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. (2018-08-20)
Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon
Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international collaboration shows. (2018-08-15)
Links between tax havens, deforestation and illegal fishing exposed
On average 68 percent of all investigated foreign capital to sectors associated with deforestation of the Amazon rainforest was transferred through tax havens. (2018-08-13)
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