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Deforestation

Carbon Reserves in Central American Soils Still Affected by Ancient Mayan...

Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the...
climate impact

Measuring Climate Impact of Forests Management – a Groundbreaking Approach

This new system has been recently adopted by the EU as the scientific basis for integrating the land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector...
biodiversity tiny forests

Urban Tiny Forests Are Good for Biodiversity

The Dutch Institute for Nature Education and Sustainability (IVN) brought this idea to the Netherlands. In 2015 the Groene Woud was planted in Zaanstad,...
giant trees

A Growing Climate Niche for Giant Trees

Rainforests are among the most charismatic as well as the most endangered ecosystems of the world. Strangely, they occur in tropical but also temperate...
dead trees

100 Million Dead Trees in the Sierra Are a Massive Risk...

To drive through parts of the Sierra Nevada these days is to witness a morbid reminder of California’s extreme drought: Vast landscapes of standing...
carbon nanotube

Optimizing Carbon Nanotube Electrodes

Using electrodes made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can significantly improve the performance of devices ranging from capacitors and batteries to water desalination systems. But...
Tropical Forests

​NTU Study Shows Protected Tropical Forests Are Threatened by the Bounty...

A new study led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has warned of the threat that oil palm production poses to tropical forests.Over...
climate change

Thousands of Citizen-Scientists Help Researchers Map Kelp Forests

Kelp forests grow along coastlines worldwide, largely hidden from view. Like rainforests, they’re among the planet’s most important ecosystems: beautiful but fragile habitats for...
ebola

40 Years After First Ebola Outbreak, Survivors Show Signs They Can...

Survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of...
climate change

How Our Forests Are Adapting to Climate Change

Rising temperatures, increasingly intense rainfall and extended periods of drought are some of the known effects of climate change. But how are trees reacting...
tropical forests

A Chemical Thermometer for Tropical Forests

The ScienceIn the tropics, forests consume large amounts of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Elevated temperatures suppress carbon dioxide absorption while promoting plants to emit...
urban trees

Urban Trees Are Growing Faster Worldwide

„While the effects of climate change on tree growth in forests have been extensively studied, there is little information available so far for urban...
Tropical rainforests

Logged Tropical Rainforests Still Support Biodiversity Even When the Heat Is...

Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study involving the University of York has revealed.Scientists had previously...
climate

NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth’s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration...
solar radiation

Solar Radiation Is More Important than Rainfall to Amazon Rainforest Leaf...

An aspect of the Amazon Rainforest that has been known for many decades is that trees produce new leaves and the forest becomes greener...
marine biomass

Cultivating Marine Biomass

One of the most productive organisms on Earth, giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) depends on nutrients from the surrounding water column to maintain its photosynthetic...
fluctuating temperatures

Adjusting to Fluctuating Temperatures

The duration of the vegetation period – i.e. the time that elapses between leafing out (the emergence of the first leaf) in spring and...
forests

Using Compost to Preserve Forests in Madagascar

As part of her PhD research at EPFL’s Ecological Systems Laboratory (ECOS), Justine Gay-des-Combes discovered a sustainable method for improving the slash-and-burn farming practices...
climate change

Climate Change and Habitat Conversion Combine to Homogenize Nature

Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study in the journalGlobal Change Biology led by the...
drone tech

Drone Tech Offers New Ways to Manage Climate Change

An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using...