The tiny golden-tipped bat roosts in the nests of rainforest birds. But high intensity extreme fires can increasingly reach into their unburnt sanctuaries.
A 50-year experiment shows warmer, ‘thirstier’ air may have cut the lifespan of Queensland’s tropical trees in half since the 1980s.
The Congo Basin’s rainforests in central Africa are sometimes called Earth’s second lungs (after the Amazon) because of its ability to store carbon.
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Literary texts are useful for environmental communication and can deal with the complexity of climate change.
The best way to experience a rainforest canopy is by crane - and researchers have made full use of Australia’s first canopy crane.
A satellite captured large and small deforestation patches in Amazonas State in 2015. The forest loss has escalated since then.
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Land grabs spearheaded by wealthy interests are accelerating deforestation, and Brazil’s National Congress is working to legitimize them.
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The decline of forest creatures like the Chapman’s chameleon are warning signs that forests are losing integrity.
The Coquerel Sifaka in its natural environment in a Malagasy national park.
Most of Madagascar’s conservation and research projects are conceptualised and funded from abroad.
A tropical rainforest in South America.
Even if they can’t save us from climate change, society still depends on forests.
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Scientists in Malaysia monitored a forest for 20 years after deforestation.
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But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities.
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Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.
An Amazon forest in Brazil’s Para state after deforestation and wildfires March 9, 2019. Unlike in some tropical forests, the animals of the Amazon are not adapted to survive fire.
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A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.
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Scientists behind a major new study explain how they discovered these forests are becoming less able to sequester carbon.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are important indicators of rainforest health.
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.
Prescribed fires are often done to eliminate weeds and renew the grasses in pastures for ranching across the Amazon.
Reversing the damage from fires in Brazil’s rainforest is not as simple as allowing trees to grow back. Decades of research shows how fires degrade their long-term health and utility.
Brazil’s wildfires are closely linked to deforestation which Brazil had successfully slowed last decade.
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As deforestation rates in Brazil rise, it’s worth asking whether the country can repeat the successes of the last decade. Current trends don’t bode well.
Forest restoration is underway in Biliran, Leyte, Philippines led by the local community with support from international researchers and government agencies.
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 Amazon Basin creates the rain that nourishes farmland across Brazil, one of the world’s major breadbaskets.
Brazil’s president-elect wants to roll back environmental laws, saying they hurt rural growth. But preventing Amazonian deforestation has actually made farmland more productive.
A satellite image of the pristine forest atop Mount Lico.
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Conservationists scaled the sheer cliffs of Mount Lico as part of wider effort to build the case for the protection of Mozambique’s mountain forests.
There should be caution in jumping on the “forests are always better” bandwagon.
It’s important to be wary of planting trees in places where none exist, or where there are significant water constraints.