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It is well known that tropical deforestation is just as costly as carbon pollution when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. But while research has mostly focused on forests that have been completely mowed down, scientists are now saying that ...
Within the botanical menagerie that makes up the Amazon rainforest
, which is so important it's frequently dubbed the "lungs of the planet,' scientists have pinpointed a small number of tree species that are doing the heaviest breathing as they ...
About 1% of all the tree species in the Amazon account for half of the carbon locked in the vast South American rainforest
, a study has estimated.Although the region is home to an estimated 16,000 tree species, researchers found that just ...
Last week, the London-based think tank Innovation Forum convened a two-day conference on the subject of sustainable forestry in Washington, D.C. Titled “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the conference brought together leaders from both ...
Today, oil palm is Indonesia’s most important cash crop. In 2014, Indonesia produced 33.5 million tons of palm oil,  generating $18.9 billion in export revenue.  This makes palm oil Indonesia’s third most valuable export, behind only coal ...
The amount of carbon the Amazon's remaining trees removed from the atmosphere fell by almost a third last decade, leading scientists to warn that manmade carbon emissions would need to be cut more deeply to tackle climate
Fall in ...
Researchers warn that without better local management, some of the world's most iconic ecosystems may collapse under climate
It is well known that corals in the Great Barrier Reef, for example, are diminishing due to ocean ...
If you Google "rainforest," you're almost assured to get a page of search results mostly about the tropics. Yet, another kind of rainforest
also exists: temperate rainforest
s. Far less expansive than the tropical kind, temperate rainforest
s occur ...
If there's one thing most governments and even political parties appear to agree on it's a desire for more infrastructure, i.e. more roads, dams, bridges, power plants, airports and seaports, sewers, pipelines, and telecommunication systems. At ...
Imagine this scenario: The following is a Public Service Announcement by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, July 4, 2015: Because of low water levels in state reservoirs, the Division of Water proclaims a ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
Scientists say destroying indigenous areas of the Amazon rainforest
will have an irreversible impact on the atmosphere of the planet.
A new study said indigenous lands were "protected natural areas" accounting for 55% of the carbon ...
Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon increased significantly last year, says a top official.Speaking to the press at U.N. climate
change talks in Lima, Gustavo Suarez de Freitas of MINAM, Peru's environment ministry, said 145,000 hectares ...
At least 57 environmental activists have been murdered in Peru since 2002, a rights group said Monday, criticizing the killings as the country prepares to host major UN climate
In a report released two weeks before Peru welcomes ...
In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest
were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects. Conservation groups, governments, philanthropists, ...