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Environmental initiatives that target zero net deforestation may miss their mark when it comes to slowing climate change and protecting biodiversity, warns a commentary published in this week's issue of the journal Science.
While zero ...
Logging, conversion to plantations and agriculture, and other drivers of deforestation account for roughly ten percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions
The market for carbon
credits generated under projects that reduce emissions ...
Some 3.5 million hectares (8.7 million acres) of forest in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea was converted for oil palm plantations between 1990 and 2010, finds a comprehensive set of assessments released by the Roundtable on Sustainable ...
In June 1988, climatologist and NASA scientist James Hansen stood before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the United States Senate. The temperature was a sweltering 98 degrees."The earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in ...
A new study of re-growing tropical forests
has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon
storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming.
The findings, published in the scientific journal ...
In tropical forests
that are regrowing after major disturbances, the ability to store carbon
recovers more quickly than plant biodiversity, researchers from the U.K. have found. However, even after 80 years, recovering forests
store less carbon
Even as the Environmental Protection Agency considers requiring existing coal-fired power plants to cut their carbon
dioxide output, some utilities have started to use a decidedly low-tech additive that accomplishes that goal: ...
Advances in agricultural science and technology (S&T) have contributed to remarkable increases in food production since the mid-twentieth century. Global agriculture has grown 2.5--3 times over the last 50 years.  This has let food production ...
EARLY one in four people on earth live in the countries that border the Bay of Bengal. The region is strategically vital to Asia’s rising powers. Its low-lying littoral — including coastal regions of eastern India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, ...
Examining a long-lived forest, researchers have found that Black Spruce trees, which dominate the northern forests
of North America, succumb about five years after being weakened by environmental stresses. Without rejuvenating fire, the dead ...
We usually measure wildfires in acres burnt or the number of homes destroyed. But there`s a human toll to fires as well. So far this year 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires, the highest number in nearly 20 years--and the fire season ...
Scientists specializing in forest ecosystems and climate change called on President Obama today to protect public forests
from logging and development in efforts to forestall global warming and compliment the president’s recent proposal for ...
Conversion of forests
for palm oil production now appears to be the single largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly a quarter of forest loss between 2009 and 2011, asserts a new Greenpeace report that accuses the ...
David Milarch believes he died and came back to life. And the reason was God had a mission for him.
The mission was simple if grandiose: Clone the biggest trees and cover the world with them.
The north Michigan nurseryman had ...
While plants don't generally reach for a glass of milk, crouch down to stalk their prey or seek higher ground in a storm, they do respond to changes around them. They compete for sunlight, water and territory. They also have ways of turning on or ...
Reclassifying logging concessions as permanent forest estates and thereby barring them from conversion to industrial plantations would be an effective strategy for helping conserve Indonesia's fast-dwindling forests
, argues a new study published ...
From one fifth-generation Montanan to another, I’m calling U.S. Rep. Steve Daines’ recent column on forest issues misinformed parroting of Bush-era “Healthy Forests
Initiative” propaganda, which was nothing but a smokescreen for more corporate ...
New investment strategies, dead ahead. Not just for America’s 95 million investors. But for the climate-change deniers like Big Oil and the Koch brothers. The trigger: “megafires” destroying treasures like our national parks. Time for a ...
Britain’s Royal Society has published a helpful new collection of papers in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B that provide fresh insights on how the global buildup of carbon
dioxide released by human activities could affect ocean ...
are showing signs of reaching a saturation point as carbon
sinks, a study has suggested.
Since 2005, the amount of atmospheric CO2 absorbed by the continent's trees has been slowing, researchers ...
California's beloved giant redwood trees are in the midst of an unprecedented growth
spurt, according to a climate study released Wednesday.
The ancient trees have produced more wood over the past century than they have during any other ...
Finally, some good news about the effects of climate change. It may have triggered a growth
spurt in two of California's iconic tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias.
Since the 1970s, some coast redwoods have grown at the ...
are not just surviving but thriving, despite concerns about droughts, wildfires and bark beetles surging as the world warms.Ecosystem productivity is rising at high latitudes, with a roughly 50% increase in the amount of ...
Large trees store store up to half the above-ground biomass in tropical forests
, reiterating their importance in buffering against climate change, finds a study published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.
The research, which involved ...
It was the sound of her neighbors' propane tanks exploding that convinced Nancy Myers she had run out of time. Twenty minutes earlier, the 57-year-old potter had been standing with some friends on a rock-strewn hillside above the village of ...