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Satellite study of Amazon rainforest land cover gives insight into 2019 fires
A University of Kansas study in the journal Ecohydrology headed by Gabriel de Oliveira gives important context to the fires burning big swaths of the Amazon today. (2019-09-12)
Decrease in greenhouse gas emissions linked to Soviet Union's collapse
As the authors posit, the collapse of the Soviet Union led to decreasing meat product consumption, abandonment of cultivated land, and restructuring of food sales chains; which, in turn, elicited a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. (2019-09-05)
Amazon deforestation has a significant impact on the local climate in Brazil
The loss of forest cover in the Amazon has a significant impact on the local climate in Brazil, according to a new study. (2019-08-30)
Satellite-based estimates of reduced deforestation in protected areas needed
In the context of progressing towards new targets for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the debate remains on whether the emphasis should be on protected area coverage or protected area effectiveness. (2019-08-27)
Philippine airborne campaign targets weather, climate science
NASA's P-3B science aircraft soared into the skies over the Philippines on Aug. (2019-08-26)
Plants could remove six years of carbon dioxide emissions -- if we protect them
By analysing 138 experiments, researchers have mapped the potential of today's plants and trees to store extra carbon by the end of the century. (2019-08-20)
Coca and conflict: the factors fuelling Colombian deforestation
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests' proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. (2019-08-13)
Wildlife trafficking and more hinder nations' sustainable development
Transnational environmental crime -- wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, dumping hazardous waste and more -- takes an estimated $91 to $259 billion bite out of the global economy and has strong ties to organized crime finance, says a new study from Michigan State University and published in Nature Sustainability. (2019-08-12)
Stanford-led study gauges trees' potential to slow global warming in the future
By analyzing decades of experiments, the researchers mapped the potential of carbon dioxide to increase forest biomass by the end of the century, when atmospheric concentrations of the gas could nearly double. (2019-08-12)
How wildfires trap carbon for centuries to millennia
Charcoal produced by wildfires could trap carbon for hundreds of years and help mitigate climate change, according to new research. (2019-08-05)
OU-led study shows improved estimates of Brazilian Amazon gains and losses
A University of Oklahoma-led study generated improved annual maps of tropical forest cover in the Brazilian Amazon in 2000-2017 and provided better characterization on the spatio-temporal dynamics of forest area, loss and gain in this region. (2019-07-29)
Sustainable land management key to reducing Amazon wildfires, study shows
The unrelenting deforestation of the Amazon region could lead to a dramatic increase to the risk of destructive wildfire outbreaks, research has shown. (2019-07-19)
Protecting a forgotten treasure trove of biodiversity
The lesser-known Cerrado biome in Brazil is a hotspot of biodiversity, but it is being destroyed at an alarming rate by unsustainable agricultural activities. (2019-07-17)
Just the tonic! How an afternoon tipple made from peas could help save the rainforest
Using peas instead of wheat to produce gin significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with the process. (2019-07-08)
Climate change and deforestation together push tropical species towards extinction
Only 38 per cent of tropical forest is 'wildlife friendly' as a result of deforestation, increasing the likelihood that vulnerable species will go extinct, say scientists. (2019-07-08)
Satellite data reveals largest-ever macroalgae bloom
Scientists have used satellite observations to identify the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt -- a heavy mass of brown algae stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. (2019-07-04)
Roads and deforestation explode in the Congo basin
Logging roads are expanding dramatically in the Congo Basin, leading to catastrophic collapses in animal populations living in the world's second-largest rainforest, according to research co-led by a scientist at James Cook University in Australia. (2019-06-24)
Tropical soil disturbance could be hidden source of CO2
Florida State researchers working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo found a link between the churning of deep soils during deforestation and the release of carbon dioxide through streams and rivers. (2019-06-24)
Post-Soviet food system changes led to greenhouse gas reductions
Changes in agriculture, trade, food production and consumption after the collapse of the Soviet Union led to a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a new study has found. (2019-06-20)
Study reveals key locations for declining songbird
Many of North America's migratory songbirds are declining at alarming rates. (2019-06-19)
Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ -- the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences highlights the fact that the economic benefits of commodity export for primate habitat countries has been limited relative to the extreme environmental costs of pollution, habitat degradation, loss of biodiversity, continued food insecurity and the threat of emerging diseases. (2019-06-17)
Understanding Amazonia's mysterious ocelots
Researchers conducted a 12-year study from 2010 to 2017 on ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) in the Brazilian Amazon, deploying 899 camera traps at 12 stations to determine habitat preferences, which were largely unknown. (2019-06-06)
Limiting warming to 2 degrees C will require emission cuts across entire food system
Better understanding agriculture and the food system's unique place in climate change -- as both drivers of climate change and victims of it -- is helping to increase support for climate action. (2019-06-04)
Edible insects? Lab-grown meat? The real future food is lab-grown insect meat
Livestock farming is destroying our planet. It is a major cause of land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration, deforestation -- and of course, climate change. (2019-05-30)
Palm oil: Down from the conservation barricades and out of the rhetorical trenches
Oil palm is neither the devil's work, nor a godsend to humanity. (2019-05-28)
Soil communities threatened by destruction, instability of Amazon forests
A meta-analysis of nearly 300 studies of soil biodiversity in Amazonian forests found that the abundance, biomass, richness and diversity of soil fauna and microbes were reduced following deforestation. (2019-05-24)
Hunting responsible for mammal declines in half of intact tropical forests
Defaunation -- the loss of species or decline of animal populations -- is reaching even the most remote and pristine tropical forests. (2019-05-14)
Scientists estimate: Half of tropical forests under hunting pressure
Over half of the tropical forests is under hunting pressure. (2019-05-14)
Birds outside their comfort zone are more vulnerable to deforestation
Members of the same bird species can have dramatically different responses to deforestation depending on where they live, finds a new study. (2019-05-09)
New research shows community forest management reduces both deforestation and poverty
Giving local communities in Nepal the opportunity to manage their forests has simultaneously reduced deforestation and poverty in the region, new research has shown. (2019-05-08)
Grading conservation: Which reserves defend forests?
Lands that shelter forests have value often readily tallied by developers, but until now it's been more difficult to prove the success of protecting those forested lands in pursuit of sustainability. (2019-05-08)
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)
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