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The day I first set foot in a tropical rainforest
, in Malaysia in the early 1980s, I experienced something profound. From the echoes of gibbons calling from the canopy in the early morning mist to the iridescent flash of a bird in a beam of ...
Michael Jenkins believes there`s more than one way to hug a tree.
The president of the Washington-based nonprofit Forest Trends is trying to recast the long-running debate between developers and environmentalists over how to preserve and ...
With financial incentives encouraging maintenance of carbon stocks and the increased popularity of carbon trading between countries, a forest has become economically a lot more than a clump of trees that supplements livelihoods. A forest now has ...
Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal Ecological ...
The world's largest remaining contiguous stand of old-growth redwood forest resides in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. On the park's northwestern flank, six people gathered last May to oppose a logging venture on adjacent ...
The federal raids in Alta Floresta, Brazil surprised locals in 2005. The year before, nearly 60,000 acres of rainforest
had been torn out of the municipality. Now farmers and loggers were being arrested by armed police, accused of environmental ...
Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will make a short visit to the Vatican on Friday to discuss climate
change. According to the National Catholic Reporter, McCarthy, an Irish Catholic from Massachusetts, will meet with ...
The Earth's polar regions are some of the planet's most fragile places.
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on Earth, and snow and ice cover are declining significantly. Part of Antarctica has warmed faster than anywhere ...
change could make life more difficult for the world’s rarest chimpanzee subspecies, reported a team of scientists in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology on Tuesday.
The range of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ...
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest
A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry ...
A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fuelling a new wave of land conflicts ...
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforest
s, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian ...
A new study released today presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by ...
Palm oil — that nearly ubiquitous ingredient found in processed foods, hygiene products and cosmetics — fuels air and water pollution, climate
change, extinction and human rights violations. A multi-billion-dollar industry, “big palm” has the ...
Britain’s wet weather could be made worse by deforestation in the Amazon, according to a new report into the effect of the loss of vast tracts of rainforest
on the world’s climate
It has long been known that the loss of rainforest
Large-scale deforestation in the tropics could drive significant and widespread shifts in rainfall distribution and temperatures, potentially affecting agriculture both locally and far from where forest loss is occurring, concludes a study ...
Peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon store ten times the amount of carbon as undisturbed rainforest
in adjacent areas, making them critical in the battle to fight climate
change, finds a new study published in Environmental Research ...
tists have long expected extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to boost tree growth - the climate
-changing waste product of our fuel-burning ways is plant food, after all. But a new study suggests that trees in tropical rainforest
s around the ...
negotiators have gathered in Lima, Peru, for the annual United Nations climate
change conference COP 20, to discuss how to combat climate
change and who should pay for curbing the world's fossil fuel emissions.
There is a ...
A new NASA-funded study has found that a dried out Amazon, which has experienced a decline in rainfall over the last decade, could speed up global climate
change due to the subsequent drop in vegetation.
And global climate
models predict ...
Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the United Nations climate
summit in Lima, Peru, where high-level talks have just gotten under way. Here is the coverage from today:
Putting People Before Profit: Thousands March in Peruvian People’s ...
Indigenous organizations and international human rights activists say Peru is failing to protect the rights of indigenous people in its Amazon rainforest
, putting at risk the individuals and the carbon stored in their lands.The report, ...
Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate
They have helped the ...
Initiatives balancing protection for forests and other natural resources with the interests of farmers need more political and financial support if they are to advance the fight against climate
change, experts said on Saturday.
Scientists in the US and Latin America have once again confirmed the importance of the Amazon rainforest
as a planetary resource and as a carbon sink to store carbon drawn down from the atmosphere. Sadly, they have also confirmed, once again, ...