Posts Tagged Rainforest

The World’s Tallest Tropical Tree Is Longer Than a Football Field…

The world’s tallest tropical tree on record is a giant, measuring an astonishing 330 feet (100.8 meters) from ground to sky — a height that’s more than five bowling lanes stacked end to end… Read all about it here at Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/65171-the-world-s-tallest-tropical-tree-is-longer-than-a-football-field.html Advertisements

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A Highway Megaproject Tears at the Heart of New Guinea’s Rainforest…

The Indonesian government is building a 2,700-mile road network on the island of New Guinea, opening up some of the world’s last great tropical rainforests to development and threatening unique indigenous cultures. Can international pressure force Indonesia to scale back this megaproject?… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/a-highway-megaproject-tears-at-the-heart-of-papuas-rainforest

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Redrawing the Map: How the World’s Climate Zones Are Shifting…

Rising global temperatures are altering climatic zones around the planet, with consequences for food and water security, local economies, and public health. Here’s a stark look at some of the distinct features that are already on the move… Read the article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/redrawing-the-map-how-the-worlds-climate-zones-are-shifting

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Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?…

The latest UN report on climate says reducing deforestation is crucial to slowing global warming. But researchers must first reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target… See the full article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/conflicting-data-how-fast-is-the-worlds-losing-its-forests

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Interesting facts #33…

Facts about rainforests Rainforests are found all over the world — in West and Central Africa, South and Central America, Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Australia — on every continent except Antarctica. They are vitally important, producing most of the oxygen we breathe and providing habitat for half of the planet’s flora and fauna… Read more […]

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Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles…

The following report but Fred Pearce for Yale Environment 360, focuses on the ongoing effects of deforestation of tropical forests on the global water cycle, including precipitation shifts and droughts in some of the world’s key agricultural areas. Read the full report here: https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-deforestation-affecting-global-water-cycles-climate-change

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Why there are so many species of tropical trees and other organisms?… 

Summary:  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…  Read about this research here at ScienceDaily – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170629142949.htm

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Eyes on Nature: How Satellite Imagery Is Transforming Conservation Science – Yale E360…

Interesting article from Yale Environment 360 regarding developments in conservation science…  Intro: High-resolution earth imagery has provided ecologists and conservationists with a dynamic new tool that is enabling everything from more accurate counting of wildlife populations to rapid detection of deforestation, illegal mining, and other changes in the landscape…  Read about it here – http://e360.yale.edu/features/eyes-on-nature-how-satellite-imagery-is-transforming-conservation-science

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Hydroelectric Dams May Jeopardize the Amazon’s Future… 

Current environmental research and update from enn.com – http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/51520

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Vanishing Borneo: Saving One of the World’s Last Great Places – Yale E360… 

Intro: Borneo’s magnificent rain forest is being decimated to make way for oil palm plantations. Consumers of the countless products made with palm oil, from toothpaste to chocolate bars, hold the key to protecting the most ancient forest on earth…  Read the article here at Yale Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/features/vanishing-borneo-saving-one-of-worlds-last-great-places-palm-oil

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Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests | Inter Press Service… 

“The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year”…  Read the report here: http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/05/agony-of-mother-earth-i-the-unstoppable-destruction-of-forests/

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Business as Usual: A Resurgence of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon – Yale E360… 

An environmental news update from Yale Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/features/business-as-usual-a-resurgence-of-deforestation-in-the-brazilian-amazon

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Coral Reef Tourism in Danger as Reefs Struggle to Adapt to Warming…

A recent UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report on world heritage sites in danger from climate change received widespread media attention after the Australian government requested the removal of a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef. However the Great Barrier Reef is not the only coral reef at risk from climate change. The report described […]

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Chocolate in the Jungle: The Battle To Save a Disappearing Rainforest…

Stretching south from Panama through Colombia and into Ecuador, the Chocó Rainforest is one of the world’s most biologically rich ecosystems. It contains more than 11,000 species of plants, 900 species of birds, and according to the World Land Trust, “an extremely high number of species unknown to science. Source Yale Environment 360: Chocolate in the […]

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Rainforest greener during ‘dry’ season…

“Although the Amazon rainforest may appear to be perpetually green… there are actually seasonal differences of photosynthesis, with more occurring during the dry season and less during the wet season…” Read the full article here. Source enn.com: Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News: Rainforest greener during ‘dry’ season

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A View of the Changing Amazon…

Source: Yale Environment 360 (published June 6th by Daniel Grossman) Article: At 1,066 Feet Above Rainforest, A View of the Changing Amazon Summary: A steel structure in the Amazon, taller than the Eiffel Tower, will soon begin monitoring the atmosphere above the world’s largest tropical forest, providing an international team of scientists with key insights […]

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In Imperiled Forests of Borneo, A Rich Tropical Eden Endures…

Article from Yale Environment 360 by William Laurance… “In Borneo’s Danum Valley — one of the last, untouched forest reserves in a region ravaged by logging and oil palm cultivation — a team of international and Malaysian scientists is fighting to preserve an area of stunning biodiversity…” Read more here: In Imperiled Forests of Borneo, A […]

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Amazon’s vast rainforest dominated by few tree species…

“The Amazon rainforest is so vast, and so diverse, that seemingly simple questions— such as which species of trees are most common— remain unanswered. Researchers are finally seeing the forest and the trees after an international collaboration of 120 scientists teamed up to compile the largest tree survey ever assembled from the Amazon…” Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1112-amazon-tree-diversity-ucsc-waldron.html  

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