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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 ...
The highest concentration of carbon
in parts of Amazonia is not stored in trees, but below the ground as peat, according to new University of Leeds research.
Mapping and quantifying carbon
stored in the largest area of peatland forest
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 rainforests around the ...
The most dense store of carbon
in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands, a study has calculated.
An international team of researchers said their work, which uses satellite data and field measurements, ...
Longtime readers will recall how I’ve cited the Talking Heads lyric “same as it ever was” quite often over the years in assessing negotiations aimed at forging a new global agreement on slowing global warming and limiting its impacts. Some ...
The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian ...
The recent joint announcement by the US and China on their climate commitments appears to have given licence to commentators and media in the West to believe that it is only fair to ask India to fall in line and announce a similar commitment as ...
Restoring degraded land and forest
s with the world’s fastest growing plant, bamboo, can contribute to major carbon
emission reductions. This is according to a new report released at the COP20 in Lima by the International Network for Bamboo and ...
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 ...
From the Amazon to the Andes, thousands of activists marched through the streets of Lima on Wednesday to demand a just solution to climate change.
The march through the traffic-choked streets put a human face on the United Nations ...
Canada remains well short of meeting its international 2020 climate change commitment, Environment Canada reported Monday, even if the economy tanks and global oil and gas prices remain on the skids.
Even under the worst-case scenario, ...
Indians on the Peru-Brazil border say they continue to receive death threats from loggers after the murder of four local chiefs in a remote forest
region overrun by illegal felling.
The September slaying of Ashaninka leader Edwin Chota ...
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, ...
A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forest
s and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate ...
Deep in the forest
s of the U.S. South, tree scraps are fueling a little-known but controversial energy boom: wood pellets. Long used to heat homes in the country's Northeast, they're now destined for a new market.
Europe is importing the ...
Conservation groups announced plans on Sunday to restore degraded land across Latin America with financing from private investment funds.The project, announced at a conference on climate change in Lima, Peru, is an effort to cut ...
Mines, palm oil plantations, large farms and mining projects are contributing to an alarming pace of forest
destruction, a new report has found, hampering efforts to curb global warming.
Satellite imagery indicates that more than 30,000 ...
The clamor of indigenous peoples for recognition of their ancestral lands resounded among the delegates of 195 countries at the climate summit taking place in the Peruvian capital. "I want my land"¦that's where I live and eat, and it's where my ...
In the winter of 2013--14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers' fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United ...
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, ...
Last week, Indonesia`s new president, Joko Widodo, ordered the country's Ministry of Environment and Forest
ry to review the licenses of all companies that have converted peatlands to oil palm plantations.
If the ministry follows through, ...
Almost a century ago, Russian botanist N.I. Vavilov was traveling the world in search of new species when he identified why equatorial rain forest
s are so critical to the Earth’s future: They’re the source-pool for 90 percent of the planet’s ...
The Indonesian government has agreed on reference levels for measuring reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest
and peatland degradation, reports Antara.
Reference Emission Levels (FREL) will be used as a baseline ...
Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon
s, scientists say. A recent publication on Oryx - The International Journal of Conservation suggests that biodiversity loss –especially through hunting – will hinder ...
The Singapore-based palm-oil business Musim Mas announced Thursday that it will make sure that the oil it purchases hasn`t been harvested in ways that cause deforestation.
Musim Mas handles about 18 percent of the world`s palm oil. It ...