Forests

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  • Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on
    on October 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed. […]

  • Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought
    on October 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    A new study aimed to identify characteristics that promote healthy wood thrush populations on US Department of Defense land. […]

  • Rare tree species safeguard biodiversity in a changing climate
    on October 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Rare species of trees in rainforests may help safeguard biodiversity levels as the environment undergoes change, research shows. […]

  • Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier
    on October 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    A new study examined the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others. […]

  • New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining
    on October 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Sprawling mining operations in Brazil have caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon rainforest deforestation between 2005 and 2015 -- much higher than previous estimates -- says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the iconic tropical rainforest. Surprisingly, the majority of mining deforestation (a full 90%) occurred outside the mining leases granted by Brazil's government, the new study finds. […]

  • Chocolate production linked to increased deforestation in poor nations
    on October 17, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Newly published research focuses on the link between cocoa exports and deforestation in developing nations. […]

  • Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests
    on October 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Conservationists can be 'cautiously optimistic' about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research. The research team spent over a year working with 60 Amazonian communities and hiked for miles through trackless forests to deploy nearly 400 motion-activated camera traps -- in a bid to understand which species are depleted by hunting and where. […]

  • Fighting fires before they spark
    on October 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    With warm, dry summers comes a deadly caveat for the western United States: wildfires. Scientists say the hot, dry climates found west of the Mississippi, along with decades of fire suppression efforts, are creating a devastating and destructive combination -- leading to fires like the ones currently burning in California. Now, new research is giving forest and fire management teams across the country the upper hand in reducing the severity of these events. […]

  • Link between forest fire smoke and pollution events discovered
    on October 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Smoke from forest fires might contribute to more than half of certain gritty air pollution events in the continental U.S. during the summer, and as much as 20 percent of those events throughout the year, according to new research. […]

  • When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize
    on October 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Belize. Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 Hurricane Earl hit the study site. […]

  • Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool
    on October 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Estimates of the carbon stored by tropical forests rarely take tree roots into consideration. Scientists report that almost 30 percent of the total biomass of tropical trees may be in the roots. […]

  • Doubt cast on warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires
    on October 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    As devastating wildfires rage in California wine country, a team of environmental engineers have made a new discovery about wildfire smoke, and its effect on the atmosphere. […]

  • Watching wildfires
    on October 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    A team of researchers is continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model just a few years ago. The model focuses on two variables -- temperature and precipitation -- to understand how climate drives wildfire across the world. […]

  • Forest grazing counteracts the effectiveness of trees to reduce flood risk
    on October 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Planting trees can reduce flood risk, but a high intensity forest land use, such as grazing, can counteract the positive effect of the trees, a recently published study suggests. The study investigated the rate that water infiltrated the soil under trees at an experimental agroforestry site in Scotland. […]

  • Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle
    on October 10, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    With abundant data on plants, large animals and their activity, and carbon soil levels in the Amazon, research suggests that large animal diversity influences carbon stocks and contributes to climate change mitigation. […]

  • Illegal use of natural resources in the protected Brazilian Amazon mapped
    on October 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    New research uses law enforcement data collected from 2010 to 2015 to understand the geographical distribution of the illegal use of natural resources across the region's protected area network. In the study, a total of 4,243 reports of illegal use of natural resources were evaluated and mapped. These reports generated US $224.6 million in fines. […]

  • Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands
    on October 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    UF scientists synthesized and examined data from prior studies that had looked at how many pathogen-carrying mosquito species made their homes in forested lands vs. non-forested lands in 12 countries worldwide, including the United States. […]

  • DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest
    on October 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    The Boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air and regulating climate. But keeping tabs on the health of this vulnerable biome has proven to be a painstaking and time-consuming undertaking - until now. Cutting-edge DNA metabarcoding technology can help speed up and improve the monitoring process, according to a new study. […]

  • Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests
    on October 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasing the proportion of plant communities made up of non-native species, according to a new study. […]

  • Carbon feedback from forest soils to accelerate global warming
    on October 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    After 26 years, the world's longest-running experiment to discover how warming temperatures affect forest soils has revealed a surprising, cyclical response: Soil warming stimulates periods of abundant carbon release from the soil to the atmosphere alternating with periods of no detectable loss in soil carbon stores. The study indicates that in a warming world, a self-reinforcing and perhaps uncontrollable carbon feedback will occur between forest soils and the climate system, accelerating global warming. […]

  • Sunlight and 'right' microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
    on October 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    A new study outlines the mechanisms and points to the importance of both sunlight and the right microbial community as keys to converting permafrost carbon to CO2. […]

  • Win-win for spotted owls and forest management
    on October 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Remote sensing technology has detected what could be a win for both spotted owls and forestry management, according to a study. […]

  • Livestock grazing harming giant panda habitat
    on October 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    One third of the giant panda habitat in China's Wanglang National Nature Reserve has been degraded and lost to livestock grazing, a new study finds. Livestock numbers in the park have increased ninefold in the last 15 years. […]

  • Tropical diversity takes root in relationships between fungi and seeds
    on October 2, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Scientists in Panama exposed a key to understanding tropical tree diversity by studying how fungi interact with seeds that linger in the ground. Despite a smorgasbord of species available to choose from, tropical fungi and seeds are picky about associating with one another. Early pairings with a particular fungus may influence whether a seed survives and also may help explain how tropical forests remain so diverse. […]

  • Win-win strategies for climate and food security
    on October 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices -- but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices. […]

  • New measurements show widespread forest loss has reversed the role of tropics as a carbon sink
    on September 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    A new report provides the most comprehensive picture of deforestation's toll on critical climate change safeguard; reveals hard-to-measure forest degradation is responsible for nearly 70 percent of emissions from tropical forests. Researchers discovered that tropical regions are now a net source of carbon to the atmosphere. […]

  • Study examines legacies of rainforest burning in British Columbia
    on September 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Analyses of temperate rain forests located on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada, suggest that for centuries, humans have intentionally used fire to manage plant life. […]

  • Recipe for forest restoration discovered
    on September 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    A new study has uncovered some valuable information on ways to maximize the success of replanting efforts, bringing new hope for restoring these threatened ecosystems. […]

  • When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die
    on September 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don't disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down, research finds. […]

  • Species abundance: Winter restricts innovation
    on September 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Why are there so many more species in the tropics? The 'storage effect' is stronger there than in temperate forests. […]