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Gambel oak and other shrubs whose roots survived a lightning-sparked wildfire in 2013 sprout on many slopes once dominated by ponderosa pines. Black, mangled masses of wood and dead barley plants loom over the new growth, which also includes ...
The recent call from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for "tightening belts" has convinced even optimists that something is deeply wrong with the Russian economy.
No doubt the planned tax increases (introduction of a sales tax and ...
When Vladimir Putin declined to support the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to limit carbon
emissions, he famously quipped that higher temperatures might actually benefit Russia since its people would have to spend less on fur coats.
Well, he`s ...
When Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos' plane went down near Sao Paulo this month, one of the most improbable consequences may have been to thrust the Amazon center stage in the race.Yet that's what is happening now that ...
If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest
once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy ...
Birds are the planet's superheroes, built for survival.
The ice of Antarctica doesn't faze them. Nor does the heat of the tropics. They thrive in the desert, in swamps, on the open ocean, on sheer rock faces, on treeless tundra, atop ...
Our global environment has many problems. If the high volume of carbon
emission is one, the low level of intellectual engagement with some of the major environmental challenges is surely another. There are, of course, many engaging and ...
Damage from Hurricane Iselle, which recently battered Hawaii's Big Island, was exacerbated by invasion of non-native tree species, say experts who have studied the transformation of Hawaii's native forest
Iselle, which made landfall on ...
IN 1998 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then Brazil’s president, said he would triple the area of the Amazonian forest
set aside for posterity. At the time the ambition seemed vain: Brazil was losing 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of ...
Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia, spurring hand-wringing in Singapore and Malaysia over health effects and worries among environmentalists over the climate impacts. ...
Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies that release large amounts of carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working.
For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest
communities and their management of these forest
s are critical ...
Climate change is here, it's happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe's forest
A report published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, ...
Russia’s trees fuel our increasing demand for wood-based products. The country’s vast forest
s, which cover over 800 million hectares or almost half its land area, are a major source of wood for global timber, paper and pulp ...
Do methane bubbles in the Arctic signal a new level in our dangerous game with climate change?
I was passing through Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport last Sunday, on my way home with my two sons. We'd just spent the past 13 days in the ...
Pollution and human encroachment may be a great threat elsewhere, but forest
s are suffering more from wind, bark beetles and wildfire. Europe's forest
s are very much protected these days, but climate change has been defeating the object of trying ...
Soy consumption in China and Europe is having significant ecological impacts in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, finds a study published in Environmental Research Letters.
The research, led by Michael Lathuillière from the University ...
Sea otters aren’t just unbearably cute; they’re also emerging as key players in keeping the oceans healthy in a warming world, according to new scientific research.Think of sea otters as the park rangers of coastal kelp forest
s. The ...
Seven palm oil giants have agreed to fund a study that will define what constitutes "High Carbon
Stock" (HCS) forest
, a move that will potentially determine the fate of ecosystems around the world as more companies commit to "zero-deforestation" ...
At a time when we`re well aware of the benefits of living forest
ecosystems, in terms of not only mitigating the effects of air and water pollution, but also in recharging groundwater, storing carbon
, serving as wildlife habitat, and perhaps even ...
Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal, said Indonesia's top forest
Speaking to Antara News, Minister of Forest
ry Zulkifli Hasan said that two million of Riau's four million hectares of Riau's ...
For many years, residents of Kasigau location in Voi lived off felling trees, clearing bushes and burning charcoal in an open-canopy forest
where they call home, but a carbon
trading project is empowering thousands of residents here to embrace ...
When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forest
s of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.
She watched forest
s dwindle and rivers dry up across her ...
Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and for the last few decades it has been demonstrably bad news for many of Europe’s forest
An international team of researchers say in a report from the European Forest
Institute that climate ...
Climate change is already altering the environment. Long-lived ecosystems such as forest
s are particularly vulnerable to the comparatively rapid changes in the climate system. A new international study published this week in Nature Climate Change ...