Mangroves grow in saltwater along tropical coastlines, but scientists have found them along a river in Mexico’s Yucatan, more than 100 miles from the sea. Climate change explains their shift.
Observations collected since the 1980s in the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia show we are not giving tropical forests enough time to recover after logging.
Palm oil is responsible for widespread deforestation and labor abuses, but it’s also cheap and incredibly useful. That’s why many advocates call for reforming the industry, not replacing it.
Even this radical scenario wouldn’t be as effective as it may first seem.
Scientists in Malaysia monitored a forest for 20 years after deforestation.
But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities.
Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned.
Scientists behind a major new study explain how they discovered these forests are becoming less able to sequester carbon.
Trees in tropical forests are more than carbon sponges – they’re cultural artefacts.
Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones.
New research shows that slowing deforestation is the most essential step for saving Madagascar’s lemurs, and can help protect them against the longer-term threat of climate change.
Yerba mate is a wildly popular South American tea with a growing global market. Can this ‘superfood’ save Paraguay’s tropical forests, too?
The cleared land of Paraguay’s Chaco forest produces everyday products like charcoal and leather that are sold abroad to consumers who may never know the unsavory origins of their purchases.
California’s new plan to fight global climate change is innovative. But it raises tricky ethical questions with no easy answers.
If the Amazon rainforest functions as our planet’s lungs, what do raging wildfires threaten? An atmospheric scientist explains why the fires, though devastating, won’t suffocate life on Earth.
Don’t blame climate change for the 39,000 forest fires now incinerating huge tracts of the Brazilian Amazon. This environmental catastrophe is human-made and highly political.
A new study shows these elephants boost the carbon stored in their forests by 7%.
Restoring tropical rainforests is good for the climate, wild species and humans. But where to start? A new study pinpoints locations that will maximize benefits and minimize negative impacts.
The impact of deforestation for oil palm plantations is well known – and now research has found the replanting process could be additional harm to biodiversity.
Many nations are restoring degraded tropical forests to slow climate change, protect endangered species and improve rural life. But those forests often are cleared again soon afterward.