Maria Elena Paredes, coordinator of the Community Vigilance Committee for the Ashéninka community of Sawawo Hito 40, points to satellite images showing deforestation.
Illegal roads have brought deforestation, fire and other environmental damage to the Amazon. The results of the 2022 presidential runoff could have a major impact for the future.
Ghana has invested significant resources into regenerating lost forest cover.
Ghana’s government should shift to a community-based and voluntary approach to forest restoration and conservation
Little bee-eater (Merops pusillus)
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Monitoring bird population trends in Nigeria is a valuable activity – but it requires trained people and commitment over the long term.
A man collecting firewood in Zimbabwe.
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Women’s relationship to the environment is shaped by their social position.
Indonesian fire fighters extinguish a fire in a land next to residence in Pekanbaru, Riau province on September 13, 2019. The blazes spread smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact on global warming.
Wildfires are intensifying, yet they’re one of the most poorly understood phenomena on Earth. New research shows that they can disturb both regional and global climate.
Trees like these near Traverse City, Michigan, remove carbon dioxide from the air and lock it away.
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The Midwest had a lot of trees, but just a few species were responsible for the bulk of the carbon storage.
The Yellow River in China winds past aquaculture and an oil and gas field on its way to a newly formed channel.
With decades of images and data from the same locations, these satellites can show changes over time, including deforestation, changes in waterways and how loss of trees corresponds to urban heat.
After the 2018 wildfire in Paradise, Calif., many fire-damaged homes were razed.
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Managed retreat is already common in flood-prone areas, but what about in neighborhoods at high risk from wildfires? Here are four ways communities can pull back for safety.
A large tundra fire burned near St. Mary’s, Alaska, on June 13, 2022.
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Fires today are hotter and more destructive, thanks in part to a warming climate.
Tropical forest covers 12% of the planet’s land surface yet hosts around two thirds of all terrestrial species. Amazonia, which spans the vast Amazon River basin and the Guiana Shield in South America…
A child from the Mayuruna ethnic group stands on a pier on the banks of the Atalaia do Norte River in Amazonas state, Brazil, on June 12, 2022. Federal police and military forces are searching and investigating the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous affairs expert Bruno Araujo Pereira.
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The deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil is at its peak, with 2022 breaking all records. Deforestation threatens human rights.
A fruit bat.
Fruit bats have the potential to reforest areas where trees had been lost in parts of Africa.
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An invasive Australian tree is exploiting ever-stronger hurricanes.
When trees burn, all the carbon they have stored goes back into the atmosphere.
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More carbon dioxide in the air doesn’t necessarily mean more growth for trees, and the increasing risk of wildfires and drought has major consequences, as an interactive map shows.
Changes in climate affect the timings of various points in the life cycle of plants, including when flowers bloom in spring and when leaves wither in autumn.
Climate change is modifying the timing of recurrent life-cycle events with critical consequences on ecological and economic levels.
Coastal redwoods in Felton, California.
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New research shows that coast redwood trees have a surprising adaptation that helps them thrive in both wet and dry environments.
An abandoned forest road that has become impassable due to the washout of the culvert fill. The beaver dam has also contributed to road erosion.
(Forest Hydrology Laboratory of Université Laval)
By mismanaging its forestry road system, Québec and the forestry companies operating in public forests have made significant savings, to the detriment of protecting aquatic environments.
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Australia’s forests have controlled their own own flammability since Gondwana. We must respect this natural process.
A farm in South Africa’s Eastern Cape struggles with woody encroachment.
Maintaining ecological balance in savannas is essential
Many of Africa’s forests are unknown to the public at large, yet so fascinating and important.