Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
Europe loses as many trees to storms each year as Poland produces in timber. Until now, the models for predicting which trees are at risk have not been good enough.
New research shows that fire follows fire in the Australian Alps, and old-growth forests are less flammable.
Bridge built by CCC workers, Shady Lake Recreation Area, Arkansas.
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a massive relief program that paid young men to plant trees and build parks across the nation. It was money well spent.
Current protections for native forests are hopelessly out of date.
Agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments that protect native forests are based on hopelessly out-of-date information. It's a huge mistake to renew them without assessment.
It’s as if Socrates’ remark that 'the trees teach me nothing' is very much still the attitude today.
Mountain ash in the Victorian Central Highlands.
How do you determine the financial benefit of cutting a tree down, versus leaving it standing? Environmental accounting offers some insight.
A fire recently tore through an Italian memorial to Mussolini made of trees.
A forest that is also a disturbing memorial to Mussolini recently burned down.
Replanting forests in China is a great initiative but it can also prove to be disastrous for water management.
China has successfully implemented afforestation to counter desertification. But, today, it faces another risk: its waters are declining.
A brown bear snags a sockeye salmon in Alaska. In warm years, red elderberries ripen early and Kodiak bears leave streams full of salmon to eat them.
Climate change is making berries ripen early in Kodiak, Alaska, luring bears away from eating salmon. This shift may not hurt the bears, but could have far-reaching impacts on surrounding forests.
Leaf sizes vary according to a complex mix of temperature and water.
Some leaves are millimetres across, and others are a metre square. An international study has found the essential factors controlling leaf variations.
Avoiding fires in Indonesia’s peatlands should be a common goal of everyone involved.
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Indonesian peatlands are important to many people: farmers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and conservationists. But preserving this value for everyone will mean listening to everyone's concerns.
Protected areas are being established without acknowledging the customary rights of local communities.
Conservationists need to assess costs which allow for the adequate compensation of communities on protected lands, whose livelihoods are deeply entwined with forest use.
Tongass National Forest, Alaska.
Can forests effectively remove carbon from the atmosphere?
Tropical rainforests are among the biggest contributors to the global greening boom.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
The globe is greening as plants grow faster in response to rising carbon dioxide. But a new analysis shows they aren't using more water to do it - a rare piece of good news for our changing planet.
Forest fires are a key part of the lifecycle of the woods, but they can also be deadly.
Italy, Portugal and Spain have all gone up in flames in recent weeks, highlighting the need to rethink how Mediterranean countries protect people and save ecosystems.
Wildfires may grow more frequent and intense in North America amid climate change, like the Fort McMurray blazes in 2016, which were among the worst in Canadian history.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Wildfires amid climate change may spark a radical shift in forest habitats and wildlife. They aren't just a destructive force of man and nature. They're a key factor in forest ecosystem renewal.
Ogiek leaders wait to hear the African Court’s ruling.
The African court has demonstrated its autonomy in a continent where judicial independence remains shaky in many states.
A National Park Service staffer applies herbicide to invasive honeysuckle along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Most of the earthworms in the US Northeast and upper Midwest are nonnative species. Scientists are finding increasing evidence that invasive worms and invasive plants may help each other.
A coolabah forest in Western Australia – one of the world’s previously unrecognised dryland forests.
A new survey has identified millions of hectares of forest in dryland areas, a finding that boosts the total global forest cover by 9% and has significant consequences for carbon budgets.