When Europeans first arrived in Australia’s Southwest, they found vast tracts of huge jarrah trees. Now, after logging and dwindling rainfall, only a handful of these giants remain.
New data have revealed a disturbing trend in forest loss: the hearts of the world’s forests are disappearing. To stop them bleeding out, we’ll have to say ‘no’ to some developments.
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.
Bushfires are threatening Tasmania’s World Heritage area and ancient plants, warning us of a possible future under climate change.
Adding a single wheat gene helps the American chestnut withstand a fungal pathogen that nearly wiped these hardwood trees out of the eastern forests they once dominated.
From drought to economic slowdown, 2016 promises a mixed bag for the world’s forests.
It’s not just Australia’s animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent’s ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what’s left.
Forest conservation has been a contentious issue in international climate change discussions for years, but now developing countries are embracing the need to protect their forests.
The country must protect its huge forests from fires and logging.
Russia wants recognition for its huge forests and will ensure any climate deal doesn’t harm its economic interests.
Global warming is changing the movement of carbon within northern ecosystems to the point where the Arctic could become a net source, rather than sink, of greenhouse gas emissions.
The world’s rainforests are still being slashed and burned at a dizzying rate to make consumer products. But now there are signs of real political will, especially in Asia, to rein in the destruction.
A huge El Niño on the horizon bodes ill for drought and forest fire.
Forest loss has halved over the past 30 years according to the 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment, released yesterday.
Sophisticated models and supercomputers allow researchers to create a high-fidelity map of the Earth’s trees – and show that we’re losing billions of trees a year.
There are more than three trillion trees worldwide, but that’s only half as many were around at the start of human civilisation according to new research.
Each year more than 15 billion trees are lost worldwide, according to a major new study.
The US West – suffering one of the most damaging wildfire seasons this decade – needs to break with current practices to avert more costly and dangerous wildfires in the future.
Africa needs to step up the protection of its tropical forests.