Tropical forests in the Congo for example have exceptionally high animal and plant species.
Forests and savannas are expected to be strongly affected in the coming decades by changing rainfall patterns. But land use will also have a major impact.
A yellow-shouldered grosbeak tucks into a katydid (bush cricket) lunch high in the rainforest canopy.
Alexander C. Lees
Bird diversity may be the secret to forest resilience.
Species lost from the eastern forests of the U.S. – from left to right: Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet and Bachman’s Warbler.
Alexander C. Lees ©Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
The extinction threat you haven't heard of: several South American birds teeter on the brink of existence due to habitat loss. And history is not the best guide for how to save them.
The Wet Tropics is Australia’s second-biggest earner of nature tourism dollars.
Queensland's Wet Tropics are home to a dizzying range of plant and animal species, but are at risk of being overrun by yellow crazy ants.
Young secondary forest in Costa Rica, with old-growth trees visible in the background.
Susan G. Letcher
Forests that grow back after being cleared for agriculture or by logging grow back much faster than old-growth forests, soaking up carbon and providing vital habitat.
Indigenous children depict fish in the sea at a pre-Paris rally in Sao Paulo.
Nacho Doce / Reuters
The country must protect its huge forests from fires and logging.
Nacho Doce / Reuters
Indonesia's haze made global headlines but an intense dry season has also sparked major fires in Brazil.
We're heading for mass extinctions in the world's most diverse ecosystem.
We know a lot about what climate change will do, but ‘when’ is a tougher question.
What we think we know, don't know and things that might surprise us about climate change and the environment.
Conservation action is needed to save the DRC’s forests and slow global climate change.
Julien Harneis, Creative Commons.
Africa needs to step up the protection of its tropical forests.
A relatively new commercial oil palm plantation on peatland in central Sarawak, Borneo.
The positive story of palm oil that is much less frequently heard, especially in richer countries.
Lemurs in danger… can international climate policy come to the rescue?
Conservation won't be successful unless we work with people living at the forest edge.
Endangered – thanks to plywood.
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
Where the rainforest meets the plantation: there are probably a lot more insects.
Ryan Woo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Palm oil plantations have an overall negative impact on biodiversity, according to research released this week. The study, published in Nature Communications, found palm oil plantations are home to fewer…
So what makes the tropical forests so special?
One hectare of land in a tropical forest can hold 650 tree species – more than in all of Canada and the continental US. This…