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July 30, 2015

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July 27, 2015 — A logging company has agreed to begin dismantling abandoned logging roads currently being used by poachers to access prime Amur (Siberian) tiger habitat in the Russian Far ... read more

June 30, 2015 — Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western US, according to physical geographers who also see that the long history of fire ... read more

New Study Re-Writes the Rules of Carbon Analysis

June 30, 2015 — Analyses of carbon emissions may be misleading as they failed to include the impacts of policies such as trading schemes, emission caps or quotas, experts say in a new ... read more

Lax Rules Put Congo's Forests, Key Carbon Reserve, at Risk

June 25, 2015 — Without new conservation efforts, the Democratic Republic of Congo could lose up to 20 percent of its forests, unleashing a 60 percent increase in carbon emissions from one of the largest carbon ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Forests worldwide are increasingly used to store carbon as a way to slow climate change, but a new study finds that some wooded areas may be more valuable without trees, allowing the cleared ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers ... read more

How and Why Butterflies Survive Fires

June 12, 2015 — Deciding how often and when to use prescribed fire can be tricky, especially when managing for rare butterflies, scientists say. That realization stems from a new study in which researchers ... read more

June 11, 2015 — With warming summer temperatures across Alaska, white spruce tree growth in Interior Alaska has declined to record low levels, while the same species in Western Alaska is growing better than ever ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Most of us don’t consider forests a source of pollution. As natural bodies, they should be good for the environment. But a recent study in Japan shows that older cedar and cypress plantations are ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Bats in tropical regions are fertilizing trees with their excretions. An international team of scientists recently discovered that seeds of a tropical tree species, which regularly hosts bats in ... read more

June 9, 2015 — A combination of drought, heat and insects is responsible for the death of more than 12 million trees in California, according to a new study. Researchers studying environmental factors contributing ... read more

Asian Economic Integration Means Huge Challenges for Trees, Farmers and Food Supply

June 8, 2015 — Ten Southeast Asian nations will form a single economic bloc at the end of 2015. Agroforestry, forestry and agricultural policies, implementation and law enforcement are lagging behind. The gap ... read more

Can We Increase Harvest of Woody Biomass from European Forests?

June 8, 2015 — The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Scientists have raised the estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000 to 53,000. Many tropical tree species risk extinction because of their rarity and restriction to small ... read more

June 3, 2015 — In an effort to shape policy, new research goes into finer detail to see whether or not national parks are really effective in preventing deforestation. For the study, the researchers focused on the ... read more

June 2, 2015 — A new study by geographers explores how humans altered the arboreal make-up of Western New York forests before European settlers arrived in large ... read more

Forest-Based Bioenergy Policies Interlinked to National and EU Policies

June 2, 2015 — A study combined horizontal and vertical policy interactions with three policy layers: policy objectives, policy instruments and thematic elements in implementation. National bioenergy policies were ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Scientists set out to assess how two projects compared to eleven vegetation models that simulate various ecological processes. Instead of only benchmarking whether or not an individual model matched ... read more

Changes in Forest Structure Affect Bees, Other Pollinators

May 26, 2015 — Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, ... read more

May 26, 2015 — A first global scale study has estimated how forest emitted compounds affecting cloud seeds via formation of low-volatility vapors. According to the latest projections, terrestrial vegetation emits ... read more

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