Urgent action is needed to protect Madagascar’s forests.
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Climate change is a huge threat to Madagascar’s four forest types – urgent action is needed to ensure they don’t disappear completely.
Dendrobium flowers in Guizhou province, China, June 28, 2020.
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Dendrobium orchids are familiar to most people in bouquets, but they are in high demand in China for use in traditional medicines. Can Beijing find ways to grow these threatened plants sustainably?
Issa chimpanzees live in a woodland dominated environment interspersed with riparian forests, grasslands, and rocky out-crops.
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Almost all theories of human bipedalism explain it as a terrestrial adaptation. A new study does not support that view.
Digital technologies like drones are being heavily promoted to address the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Digital technologies have the potential to yield positive results, if co-developed and used ethically with Indigenous communities.
Redwood forests like this one in California can store large amounts of carbon, but not if they’re being cut down.
Millions of dollars have gone into California’s forest carbon offset program – with little new carbon storage to show for it, a new study suggests.
While the European spongy moth outbreak reached a dramatic peak in parts of Canada last year, these caterpillars have completely vanished this year.
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Creating and preserving diverse forests can help us prepare for the next insect outbreak and protect our trees.
Thick smoke fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun, east of Kamloops, B.C., on Aug. 14, 2021.
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Brown carbon refers to a range of pollutants found in smoke from wildfires. They can contribute to global warming before they undergo a process that alters their chemical properties.
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Claims that introduced deer perform the same ecological function as ancient moa are outdated and wrong. Deer destroy forests, and large-scale culling is still the best solution.
Shrubs and grasses growing in this post-fire forest offer abundant food for deer.
Wildfires are remaking western US forests. Decisions about managing forests that have burned should factor in how fires change animal behavior and interactions between predators and prey.
A staff member from the Pesalat Reforestation Project on the island of Borneo replants trees in a peat-swamp forest area that was cleared by fires and logging. The areas are habitat for the orangutan, which is highly endangered.
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As climate change worsens, it’s essential to restore our forests and ensure that the ones we plant are resilient. A global research network, the Tree Diversity Network, is working to make it happen.
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…