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This is the seventh in an ongoing series of articles developed in support of this year's two Katoomba Meetings, both of which are taking place in Latin America. The first meeting will take place on March 19 and 20 at Iguazú Falls, on the border ...
A combination of climate
change and deforestation is making the Amazon
rainforest increasingly vulnerable to devastating forest fires, a new study has said.The Amazon
is one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. It is estimated ...
Fires caused by climate
change and deforestation could mean trouble for the trees of the Amazon
ian rainforest, according to a new study.
Biologists from Brazil's Amazon
Environmental Research Institute and the Woods Hole Research Center ...
Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth documentary sent shockwaves across the global investment community, with ripples still being felt today as more focus than ever is given to climate
change in political and corporate circles alike. Now there is a ...
The 21st century will present gloomy challenges for Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, such as the collapse of wildlife habitats, animal extinction, water scarcity and the spread of disease in an already vulnerable population.
hree extreme weather events in the Amazon
Basin in the last decade are giving scientists an opportunity to make observations that will allow them to predict the impacts of climate
change and deforestation on some of the most important ecological ...
From Kenyan subsistence farmers to indigenous peoples in the Bolivian Andes and Brazil's Amazon
rainforest, a new report aims to put a human face on what it says are some of the communities hardest hit by global climate
change, whose effects will ...
How much is a forest really worth? And what is the cost of forest degradation? These values are difficult to estimate, but according to Dr. Phillip Fearnside, we need to do a better job.
For nearly forty years, Fearnside has lived in ...
If nations ignore the imminent problem of the increasing global climate
, it will cause the world to endure abrupt changes that one single country is not prepared to handle. Food and water supplies will be interrupted, the economy will diminish, ...
Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.
A 29-page draft by the ...
The latest draft UN report on climate
change points to options for disaster planning, drought
and flood-resistant crops, and water and energy saving.Rising sea levels are a direct threat to low lying islands in the Pacific. (Credit: ...
As part of its campaign to address climate
change, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate
data housed at different federal agencies.
The initiative to make the ...
Last year tied with 2003 as the fourth-hottest year the world has experienced since records began in 1880, according to data released by the National Climatic Data Centre in the US.This made it the 37th consecutive year that the global ...
Environmentalists and scientists raised howls of protest when the Santo Antônio and Jirau Dams were proposed for the Western Amazon
in Brazil, claiming among other issues that the dams would raise water levels on the Madeira River, potentially ...
As an ambitious program in Colombia demonstrates, combining grazing and agriculture with tree cultivation can coax more food from each acre, boost farmers’ incomes, restore degraded landscapes, and make farmland more resilient to climate
For centuries, farmers in the fragile ecosystems of the high Andes have looked to the behavior of plants and animals to figure out what crops to grow and when.
If reeds dried up in the late summer, rainless weather lay ahead, they ...
An epic drought
-- Brazil's worst in decades -- is threatening exports from the world's largest coffee exporter and driving up wholesale prices worldwide. We've officially entered the realm of bloggers' worst-case scenario.
Now, let's ...
With more than 140 cities implementing water rationing, analysts warning of collapsing soy and coffee exports, and reservoirs and rivers running precipitously low, talk about the World Cup in some parts of Brazil has been sidelined by concerns ...
Ricardo Vásquez Sánchez glances up at the dry thatched roof on the wood-framed platform that is his home in Peru's sweltering Amazon
"If a spark lands there, it'll go up in flames,' he says.
It is a very real danger, ...
in the Amazon
increases the release of carbon into the atmosphere, according to research published today in Nature.
plays a key role in the Earth’s climate
system, thanks to the extent of its forests, which represent ...
It always seemed odd. A decade ago, NASA satellite data suggested that the canopy of the Amazon
rainforest grew faster during a drought
. Apparently, this was just an optical illusion.
In 2003, remote sensors showed that the forest canopy ...
The old man who used to live next door was almost 80 and still smoking. His wife did not like it and made him take his ciggie outside. We would chat over the back fence if I was in the garden. "It's a rum do," Mr T would say, "Smoked all my life. ...
During the past one year, the Indonesian government has made several historic policies and breakthroughs for the preservation of its forest, the worlds third largest after the Amazon
in Brazil and Congos forest, if they are implemented ...
Seven billion people and growing. A quarter of them living in poverty. Unsustainable -- and unequal -- resource use. Landscapes vanishing, along with their nonhuman inhabitants. Global warming upending natural systems. These are tough times on ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...