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February 21, 2017

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Jan. 23, 2017 — Trees may be easy to spot on the plains of Africa but they are often overlooked as a source of income for farmers. A new study shows trees on farms may help reduce rural poverty and maintain ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — A focus on policies to conserve tropical forests for their carbon storage value may imperil some of the world’s most biologically rich tropical forests, says new ... read more

This Bay in Scandinavia Has World Record in Carbon Storing

Jan. 12, 2017 — Forests are potent carbon sinks, but also the oceans' seagrasses can store enormous amounts of carbon. A little bay in Denmark stores a record amount of carbon. Here is the ... read more

Conservation Practices May Leave African Indigenous Populations Behind

Jan. 12, 2017 — Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in fire-prone areas. The findings suggest that bark thickness could help predict which forests and savannas will survive ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, water shortages have been most severe in the Sahel -- a band of semi-arid land situated just south of the ... read more

Measuring Trees With the Speed of Sound

Jan. 5, 2017 — Foresters and researchers are using sound to look inside living trees. A new study presents methods for use of sonic tomography, which measures wood decay by sending sound waves through tree trunks. ... read more

Dec. 30, 2016 — Many scientists have attempted to tackle how climate change will affect the natural world by determining the thermal tolerance of various species, then predicting what will happen to them as our ... read more

Economics of Forest Biomass Raise Hurdles for Rural Development

Dec. 28, 2016 — The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by ... read more

Dec. 26, 2016 — Researchers have successfully decoded the genetic sequence of the ash tree, to help the fight against the fungal disease, ash dieback. Tens of millions of ash trees across Europe are dying from the ... read more

Dec. 22, 2016 — Southeast Asia is home to numerous felids, including the Asian golden cat and the bay cat. The two cat species are closely related sister species which split from each other 3.16 million years ago. ... read more

Dec. 21, 2016 — A study spanning 10 national forests and 14 burned areas in California found that conifer seedlings were found in less than 60 percent of the study areas five to seven years after fire. Of the nearly ... read more

Good News and Bad News About Forest Fragmentation

Dec. 20, 2016 — New England forests may be more sensitive to climate change than previously ... read more

Dec. 20, 2016 — The first mapping of carbon recovery in Amazonian forests following emissions released by commercial logging activities has been published by ... read more

Movement of Rainforest Butterflies Restricted by Oil Palm Plantations

Dec. 19, 2016 — Scientists have found that oil palm plantations, which produce oil for commercial use in cooking, food products, and cosmetics, may act as a barrier to the movement of butterflies across tropical ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists hope a new approach to planning road infrastructure that could increase crop yield in the Greater Mekong region while limiting environmental destruction will open dialogues between ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists expect trees will advance upslope as global temperatures increase, shifting the tree line—the mountain zone where trees become smaller and eventually stop growing—to higher elevations. ... read more

Predicting Suitable Habitats for the Siberian Flying Squirrel in Different Felling Scenarios

Dec. 14, 2016 — In support of forest-related decision-making, methods are needed which enable the assessment of potential impacts of forest management activities and the comparison of different forest policies. The ... read more

Dec. 1, 2016 — Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested, researchers ... read more

Management of Pine Beetle Not Working

Nov. 30, 2016 — A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles—pheromone baiting—may actually help the pest’s population increase, new research ... read more

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