Forests

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  • Climate change linked to more flowery forests
    on January 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    New research has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest. […]

  • 20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use
    on January 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction. The authors of the study say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees. […]

  • human impact on forest still evident after 500 years
    on January 18, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Researchers have used high-tech tools to more precisely view where these cleared sites were and how much lasting impact they had on the rainforest in the Amazon Basin in South America. […]

  • Post-fire logging harms Spotted owls
    on January 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Post-fire logging, rather than the wildfires themselves, is responsible for the steep decline in territory occupancy of the rare Spotted owls living in the forests of California. The study's results coincide with the strong consensus among hundreds of US scientists opposing post-fire logging operations due to a wide range of ecological harms. […]

  • Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years
    on January 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years. […]

  • Climate impacts of deforestation
    on January 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Deforestation is likely to warm the climate even more than originally thought, scientists warn. Research has found reactive gases emitted by trees and vegetation have an overall cooling effect on our climate, meaning deforestation would lead to higher temperatures than previously anticipated as less of the gases would be created. […]

  • New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey
    on January 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Eight years after the discovery of a new primate species in Myanmar, scientists have released a new report revealing how the 'snubby' is faring. […]

  • Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest
    on January 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest. The findings can help to understand the effect of climate change on forest biodiversity and what we can do to protect it. […]

  • Combined effects of climate change and forest fires
    on January 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    A new study has tracked the ebb and flow of ecosystem changes over the last 10,000 years, showing patterns that could shed light on current climate change and its role in shaping the world's forests. […]

  • Dead trees are alive with fungi
    on January 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    So far, little research has been conducted on fungi that live on dead trees, although they are vital to the forest ecology by breaking down dead wood and completing the element cycle between plants and soil. Soil biologists have now discovered that the number of fungus species inhabiting dead trees is 12 times higher than previously thought. Once trees die they are also colonized by different fungal communities depending on their species. […]

  • Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more losses after contentious law passed
    on January 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    In August 2017, the Bolivian government passed a contentious law that paved the way for construction of a new 190-mile road cutting through one of the country's most iconic and biodiverse protected rainforests. But a new report shows that the Isiboro-Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory (or TIPNIS) has been subject to alarming levels of deforestation within its borders for many years, a reality that is too often overlooked. […]

  • Researchers use 'global thermometer' to track temperature extremes, droughts
    on January 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Large areas of Earth's surface are experiencing rising maximum temperatures, which affect virtually every ecosystem on the planet, including ice sheets and tropical forests that play major roles in regulating the biosphere, scientists have reported. […]

  • Invasive tree species: Call for action to tackle threat to a global biodiversity hotspot
    on January 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity 'hotspot' in the natural forests of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The tree species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as 'mock orange', is threatening many rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Scientists are urging the relevant institutions to prioritise a program of control of this species. […]

  • Scientists get early look at hurricane damage to Caribbean coral reefs
    on December 27, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Coral reefs off St. John, part of the US Virgin Islands, suffered severe injury during the storms, say the scientists who traveled there in late November to assess the damage -- the first step in understanding the reefs' recovery. […]

  • Human impacts on forests and grasslands much larger and older than previously assumed
    on December 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Human biomass utilization reduces global carbon stocks in vegetation by 50%, implying that massive emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere have occurred over the past centuries and millennia. The contribution of forest management and livestock grazing on natural grasslands to global carbon losses is of similar magnitude as that of deforestation. Currently, these effects are underappreciated in existing global carbon models and assessments of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from land-based production. Without full consideration of land management effects, global climate forecasts and calculations of the GHG effects of future bioenergy policies are error prone, seriously jeopardizing the robust evaluation of measures that would help achieving the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. […]

  • Protected tropical forests are threatened by the bounty of adjacent oil palm plantations
    on December 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    A new study has warned of the threat that oil palm production poses to tropical forests. […]

  • Climate change: Soil animals cannot explain self-reinforcing effect
    on December 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    When the soil warms up, it releases more carbon dioxide (CO2) -- an effect that further fuels climate change. Until now, it had been assumed that the reason for this was mainly due to the presence of small soil animals and microorganisms that would eat and breathe more in warmer temperatures. However, a new study has shown that this is not the case. Quite the contrary: If warmth is accompanied by drought, the soil animals eat even less. […]

  • North Atlantic Oscillation synchronizes tree reproduction across Europe
    on December 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Research has found a strong correlation between the North Atlantic Oscillation and synchronized tree reproduction across Europe, supporting the idea that this phenomenon plays a greater role in large scale masting, the process whereby forest trees produce large numbers of seeds in the same year. […]

  • Complex, old-growth forests may protect some bird species in a warming climate
    on December 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate, scientists have found. […]

  • Conserving the forests
    on December 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Certification programs are being reevaluated as options for sustaining tropical forests, explain scientists. […]

  • Hope for one of the world's rarest primates: First census of Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey
    on December 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    A team of scientists recently completed the first-ever range-wide population census of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii) an endangered primate found only on the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. […]

  • Links between deforestation, fisheries yields in the Amazon discovered
    on December 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    The conversion of tropical forests to crop and pastureland has long been a concern for scientists, a new study points to another unexpected consequence: changes in fish production. […]

  • Shrinking wilderness ignored at our peril
    on December 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Maps of the world's most important wilderness areas are now freely available online. […]

  • Forest resilience declines in face of wildfires, climate change
    on December 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The forests you see today are not what you will see in the future. That's the overarching finding from a new study on the resilience of Rocky Mountain forests. […]

  • How do you track a secretive hawk? Follow the isotopes
    on December 12, 2017 at 12:27 am

    A study has found that the rare Henst's goshawk of Madagascar hunts lemurs in low-lying areas that are most at risk to deforestation. Researchers could use this isotope analysis to study the habitat and prey needs of other threatened species that are difficult to track. […]

  • African deforestation not as great as feared
    on December 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence shows. […]

  • Controlled burns limited severity of Rim Fire
    on December 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Controlled burning of forestland helped limit the severity of one of California's largest wildfires, according to geographers. […]

  • The molecular structure of a forest aroma deconstructed
    on December 7, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    The fresh, unmistakable scent of a pine forest comes from a medley of chemicals produced by its trees. Researchers have now accurately determined the chemical structure of one compound in its gas phase, a molecule called alpha-pinene. The analysis can help scientists better detect and understand how alpha-pinene reacts with other gases in the atmosphere, a process that can affect health and climate. […]

  • Forests are the key to fresh water
    on December 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change. […]

  • Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests
    on December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada's national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species' habitat. But new research by ecologists shows that spotted owls, one of the iconic species logging restrictions were meant to protect, have continued to experience population declines in the forests. […]