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  • Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature. In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same. […]

  • A decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest
    on August 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Characterized with high levels of biodiversity and endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades. Having put important ecosystem services at risk, such activities need to be closely studied as part of the forest dynamics. Thus, a Brazilian team of researchers spent a decade monitoring a semi-deciduous forest located in an ecological park in Southeast Brazil. […]

  • Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change
    on August 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change. […]

  • Climate change: Silver fir beats Norway spruce and European beech
    on August 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Climate change is making Swiss forests warmer and drier. The trees would have to adapt genetically to the rapidly changing climate to continue flourishing at their current growth location. Yet, they are unlikely to do so in such a short period of time – a single tree generation already takes 100 years or longer. Therefore, the question on how well adapted the trees already are today to the future climate will be crucial for the forests' future. […]

  • Salamanders that breed in the fall are less likely to disperse
    on August 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    With changing environments, pond-breeding salamanders face increasingly hazardous treks as the space between breeding ponds and their non-breeding habitat widens or is degraded. A study now suggests that a salamander's success may depend more on when it breeds than on the landscape obstacles it might face. Scientists believe that knowing the patterns in which salamanders move back and forth could lead to better forest management and conservation strategies. […]

  • Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
    on August 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Drought-caused tree deaths are produced by a combination of hydraulic failure and carbon starvation, shows new research. The finding, based on a meta-analysis by 62 scientists from across the world, will improve predictive models of how trees die in response to heat, drought, and other climate stresses. […]

  • Mangroves vital for environmental decontamination
    on August 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Mangrove trees, particularly their leaf litter, filter copper out of soil and water in Indonesia. […]

  • Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    A new study counters the view that tropical forests were pristine natural environments prior to modern agriculture and industrialization. Moreover, humans have in fact been having a dramatic impact on such forest ecologies for tens of thousands of years, through techniques ranging from controlled burning of sections of forest to plant and animal management to clear-cutting. […]

  • Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
    on August 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. A new study argues that rural communities could help reverse this trend if they were given incentives to protect and restore native forests on their own land. A proposed new umbrella policy for environmental protection in China currently falls short of the measures needed, but if amended, could provide a unique opportunity to benefit rural communities and the environment. […]

  • Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity
    on August 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The past few decades have seen the rise of global incentive programs offering payments to landowners to help reduce tropical deforestation. In what might be a first of its kind study, researchers have integrated forest imaging with field-level inventories and landowner surveys to assess the impact of conservation payments in Ecuador's Amazon Basin forests. They found that conservation payment programs are making a difference in the diversity of tree species in protected spaces. […]

  • Amazon forest's importance in regulating atmospheric chemistry reinforced
    on July 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    The Amazon rainforest emits three times more isoprene than was previously estimated, airborne measurements show. Isoprene is one of the main precursors of ozone and indirectly influences the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. […]

  • Three species of tiny frogs discovered in Peruvian Andes
    on July 28, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Three more frog species have been discovered in the Peruvian Andes, raising to five the total number of new frog species the group has found in a remote protected forest since 2012. […]

  • Scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A team of researchers has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries in the tropics between 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial. […]

  • People and wildlife now threatened by rapid destruction of Central America's forests
    on July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Central America's largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region's wildlife species at high risk, explains a new report. […]

  • Rainforest metropolis casts 1,000 km shadow on wildlife
    on July 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Urban food demand in the Amazon could be hitting wildlife up to 1,000 km away from the city, according to new research. […]

  • Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pennsylvania forests
    on July 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development. […]

  • Paying people to protect forests is worth it
    on July 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    A new study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global strategy to fight climate change. The study sought to evaluate how effective 'Payments for Ecosystems' (PES) is at reducing deforestation. […]

  • Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk
    on July 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching. […]

  • Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targets
    on July 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Bornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research. These orangutans are critically endangered, and despite intense conservation efforts, their numbers continue to decline. Additional habitat management strategies that account for their presence in forests affected by logging and other human activity are needed to ensure the species' survival. […]

  • Chillier Winters, Smaller Beaks
    on July 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Although Charles Darwin lived and worked in the 19th century, modern evolutionary biologists are far from exhausting all avenues of inquiry regarding birds and evolution. For example, in the 1990s, researchers began to explore a new question concerning the relationship between climate and the evolution of beak size. […]

  • Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
    on July 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. […]

  • The Black Forest and climate change
    on June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Silver and Douglas firs could replace Norway spruce in the long run due to their greater resistance to droughts. […]

  • Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage
    on June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Illegal fishing, logging and poaching, are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature this year, putting some of the world's most precious and unique ecosystems and species at risk. […]

  • NASA detects drop in global fires
    on June 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    The ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop not only in the use of fire on local lands, but in the prevalence of fire worldwide, researchers found. […]

  • Why there are so many species of tropical trees and other organisms
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Why does biodiversity grade from exuberance at the equator through moderation at mid-latitudes toward monotony at higher ones? Data from an international network of long-term forest dynamics research sites is finally providing an answer. […]

  • Industrial farming disrupts burn-regrowth cycle in grasslands
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    The world's open grasslands and the beneficial fires that sustain them have shrunk rapidly over the past two decades, due to a massive increase in agriculture, according to a new study. […]

  • Remote sensing technologies key to the future of the oil palm industry
    on June 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Remote sensing technologies, using satellite and aerial data, could revolutionize the management of the oil palm industry, bringing both business and environmental benefits, say environmental experts. […]

  • Safeguarding sustainability through forest certification mapping
    on June 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    How can we ensure forest protection and sustainable forest biomass production at the same time? A first-ever global map of certified forest areas, based on a participatory and collaborative mapping approach, contributes to the answer. […]

  • Panda love spreads to benefit the planet
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Loving pandas isn't just a feel-good activity. Recent work shows China's decades of defending panda turf have been good not just for the beloved bears, but also protects habitat for other valuable plants and animals, boosts biodiversity and fights climate change. […]

  • Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection
    on June 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not only the climate that is adversely affected by deforestation. In fact, the very stability of the ecosystem in the entire Amazon region is altered when deforestation takes place in the outermost regions. […]