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Satellites spy deaths in rain forests (Clark et al.)
The world's tropical rain forests are under increasing threats from clearing. (2003-12-10)
Acid rain likely stunts US forests
A recent international scientific study on Russian soils raises concerns that acid rain may have serious implications for forest growth in the US, particularly in eastern areas such as the Adirondack and Catskill regions of New York according to the US Geological Survey. (2005-03-11)
Underdogs in the understory: Study suggests nature favors rarer trees
A study of seven tropical forests around the world has revealed that nature encourages biodiversity by favoring the growth of less common trees. (2006-01-26)
Book From The New York Botanical Garden Focuses On Threats To Indonesia's Forest Riches
What is the world giving up when the tropical rain forests are destroyed? (1997-10-20)
Species take care of each other in ecological communities
Unspoken rules of existence in tropical rain forests mean no one species will take up too much space and squeeze others out, says new research conducted in part at the University of Alberta that shows how ecological communities regulate themselves. (2005-11-30)
Researcher Finds World's Most Diverse Home Of Slime Molds
The secret to saving the world's vanishing rain forests may lie in tiny slug-like organisms tucked away in the tropical soil of a Guatemalan forest, according to an Ohio University researcher who has discovered what could be home to the world's most diverse collection of slime molds. (1998-11-06)
New research shows humans have more impact on tropical nitrogen levels
A new paper co-written by four University of Montana researchers finds that humans have more than doubled tropical nitrogen inputs. (2014-05-19)
'Live fast, die young' applies to forests, too
In the most recent issue of Ecology Letters, Stephenson and van Mantgem show that birth and death rates of trees vary in parallel with global patterns of forest productivity. (2005-04-19)
KU Researcher Eyes The Rain Forest Through The Trees
A University of Kansas researcher is hoping her research on plant tissues and plant growth in Central America will help developing countries start a reforestation trend and possibly turn the native plant life into a profitable resource (1996-11-27)
Forest Service designates new experimental forest in Tongass National Forest
The USDA Forest Service established a new experimental forest in Alaska on June 25. (2009-07-01)
Tropical rainforest nutrients linked to global carbon dioxide levels
Extra amounts of key nutrients in tropical rain forest soils cause them to release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to research conducted by scientists at the University of Colorado (CU) - Boulder. (2006-06-20)
New Biodiversity Theory Suggests Rain Forest Conservation Falls Short: Saving "Edge" Habitats May Be Key To Saving Rain Forest Biodiversity
Scientists from San Francisco State University report in the June 20 issue of SCIENCE a new theory that challenges long- held views on how rain forest biodiversity is generated, and suggests the key to conservation lies in protecting overlooked transitional zones along the forest periphery. (1997-06-19)
Warmer climate could stifle carbon uptake by trees, says CU-Boulder study
Contrary to conventional belief, as the climate warms and growing seasons lengthen subalpine forests are likely to soak up less carbon dioxide, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. (2010-01-07)
EARTH: Neutralizing the rain
In the 1980s, acid rain was a big topic of conversation. (2012-06-21)
Thirty new spider species found in one of China's richest biodiversity hotspots
Scientists from the Institute of Zoology with the Chinese Academy of Sciences have devoted years of their careers to study the astounding diversity hidden in the depths of the Xishuangbanna tropical rain forests. (2014-12-04)
Got calcium? Mineral is key to restoring acid rain-damaged forests
Scientists have reversed the decline of a New Hampshire watershed by gradually adding calcium back into the soil over 15 years. (2013-09-19)
Tropical insects 'go the distance' to inform rainforest conservation
The long-held belief that plant-eating insects in tropical forests are picky eaters that stay (2007-08-09)
Australia's climate: Drought and flooding in annual rings of tropical trees
Annual rings are acclaimed in representing natural climate archives. For the temperate latitudes it is known that the growth of these annual rings depend mainly on temperature and precipitation. (2009-06-11)
Rain forest protection works in Peru
A new regional study shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. (2007-08-09)
Acid rain threatens forests in more ways than previously thought
UC Riverside Earth Scientist Martin Kennedy and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that acid rain, by leaching essential metal nutrients (such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium) from topsoil, may pose a far graver threat to forests than has been previously estimated. (2002-07-08)
'The Ecology and Conservation of Seasonally Dry Forests in Asia'
Despite the importance of seasonally dry forests, little is known of their ecology. (2011-07-28)
New study debunks myths about Amazon rain forests
A new NASA-funded study has concluded that Amazon rain forests were remarkably unaffected in the face of once-in-a-century drought in 2005, neither dying nor thriving, contrary to a previously published report and claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2010-03-11)
US ecology dramatically altered by fertilizers and acid rain
A NASA-funded study of ancient and unpolluted South American forests promises to upend longstanding beliefs about ecosystems and the effects of pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. (2002-01-24)
Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests
A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming. (2013-11-05)
Biofuel plantations on tropical forestlands are bad for the climate and biodiversity, study finds
Keeping tropical rain forests intact is a better way to combat climate change than replacing them with biofuel plantations, a study in the journal Conservation Biology finds. (2008-12-01)
Loss of tropical forests reduces rain
Deforestation can have a significant effect on tropical rainfall, new research confirms. (2012-09-05)
After the forest fire: Evergreen needles prevent soil erosion
Once a raging forest fire is quelled, the next worry is erosion of the landscape. (2003-11-18)
Reports says Uganda's forests worth $350 million/year
A report released by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Uganda's National Forest Authority says that Uganda's forests are worth some $350 million per year, with rural people supplementing up to 36 percent of their income with renewable forest products. (2004-11-08)
Single-largest biodiversity survey says primary rainforest is irreplaceable
As world leaders prepare to discuss conservation-friendly carbon credits in Bali and a regional initiative threatens a new wave of deforestation in the South American tropics, new research from the University of East Anglia and Brazil's Goeldi Museum highlights once again the irreplaceable importance of primary rain forest. (2007-11-14)
Climate change's effects on temperate rain forests surprisingly complex
Longer, warmer growing seasons associated with a changing climate are altering growing conditions in temperate rain forests, but not all plant species will be negatively affected, according to research conducted by the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station. (2013-01-18)
The roots of civilization trace back to ... roots
About five to seven million years ago, when the lineage of humans and chimpanzees split, edible root plants similar to rutabagas and turnips may have been one of the reasons. (2005-09-16)
Cool insights for a hot world
A new review suggests that the direct effects of trees on the climate via rainfall and cooling may be more important than the well-studied effects through the global carbon balance. (2017-03-13)
The complexity of tropical forest structure defies simple characterization
In a forthcoming pair of papers in Ecology Letters, Muller-Landau and collaborators associated with the Center for Tropical Science test the predictions of the theory of metabolic ecology using large datasets from tropical forests around the world. (2006-04-10)
Inventory of moths
The diversity of looper moths (Geometridae) in the mountains of the tropical Andes is much greater than was previously assumed. (2016-03-14)
Tropical forests and climate change focus of book
A University of California, Riverside associate professor has co-edited a just-published book on how tropical forests are responding to climate change. (2016-04-07)
Biogenic Emissions Higher Than Expected Over African Savanna
Air-pollution-related hydrocarbon emissions from vegetation are much higher than expected over the African savanna (flat tropical grasslands), while those coming from the rain forests are somewhat lower than prior estimates, according to scientists. (1997-12-09)
Marine heatwave triggers dramatic ecosystem transition
Rapid warming off the western coast of Australia has transformed large stretches of kelp forests into tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems, a new study reports. (2016-07-07)
Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity
The past few decades have seen the rise of global incentive programs offering payments to landowners to help reduce tropical deforestation. (2017-08-02)
Finding the real treasure of the Incas: Two new frog species from an unexplored region
Inaccessibility and mysticism surrounding the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes make this region promising to hide treasures. (2016-06-02)
Tropical forest CO2 emissions tied to nutrient increases
Extra helpings of key nutrients given to tropical rain forest soils caused them to release substantially more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a concern to scientists monitoring global change, says a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. (2006-06-19)
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