Posts Tagged Tropical Forests

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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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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Lessons Learned from Centuries of Indigenous Forest Management…

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, ecologist Charles M. Peters discusses how, in an era of runaway destruction of tropical forests, the centuries-old ecological understanding of indigenous woodland residents can help point the way to the restoration of damaged rainforests… See the entire interview here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/lessons-learned-from-centuries-of-indigenous-forest-management

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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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Global warming may be twice what climate models predict…

Summary:  Future global warming may eventually be twice as warm as projected by climate models under business-as-usual scenarios and even if the world meets the 2°C target sea levels may rise six meters or more, according to an international team of researchers from 17 countries… Read the rest of this article at sciencedaily.com: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180705110027.htm

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International Day of Forests…

International Day of Forests is observed on March 21st and was declared by the United Nations. Read about the event here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Forests

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Deforestation in the Tropics…

Tropical forests around the world play a key role in the global carbon cycle and harbour more than half of the species worldwide. However, increases in land use during the past decades caused unprecedented losses of tropical forest… Read the article at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/53898-deforestation-in-the-tropics

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For tropical forest birds, old neighbourhoods matter…

Old, complex tropical forests support a wider diversity of birds than second-growth forests and have irreplaceable value for conservation… Read the full article at EurekAlert.org: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/osu-ftf021418.php

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Recipe for forest restoration discovered…

Summary (sciencedaily.com): 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… Read the article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170921101746.htm

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The ‘FMD’ Digest, Issue #2…

Welcome to the ‘FMD’ Digest for June 26th to July 8th, 2016… Climate Change and the Environment The issue of climate change has become ordinary daily news and to make it even more mundane, most media reports are quite conflicting and the average reader can in no way differentiate between accurate reporting or sensationalism. On […]

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Microbiomes at the Roots: A New Look at Forest Ecology…

Article from Yale Environment 360… …genetic sequencing technology is enabling scientists to identify microbes living around the roots of trees… and this information can then be used for activities such as tropical forest restoration and climate change planning… The full article can be read below: Microbiomes at the Roots: A New Look at Forest Ecology […]

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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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Trinidad and Tobago: a biodiversity hotspot…

News from mongabay.com… “The two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean (just off the coast of Venezuela) may be smaller than Delaware, but it has had an outsized role in the history of rainforest conservation as well as our understanding of tropical ecology. Home to an astounding number of tropical ecosystems and over […]

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Environmental Policy issues: Latin America’s situation…

The following article from ‘scidev.net’ highlights the importance of collaboration between civil society, government, and the scientific community in environmental policy affairs and in particular issues of deforestation in Latin America… Latin America Analysis: Environmental policy and deforestation Related articles If You Want To Conserve Biodiversity, Protect Latin America (eurasiareview.com)

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