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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.
It's hard to measure the value of a tree, but scientists equipped with lasers have come one step closer.
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The majestic Eucalyptus regnans stands far above its forest brethren.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
The Amazon rainforest is fed by a rich network of creeks, streams and rivers. Informal road construction is now endangering this critical ecosystem.
Thousands of dirt roads crisscross the Brazilian Amazon, serving ranchers, loggers and miners. The area's fragile waterways — and the spectacular fish that live in them — pay a high price.
A drying climate caused a mass extinction among plants, but paved the way for the ancestors of modern reptiles, mammals, and birds.
It's crucial to know the relationship between biodiversity and carbon storage to assess whether carbon-focused conservation will also protect the most biodiverse forests.
The highway connecting Cameroon and Nigeria has brought economic benefits and forest degradation.
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A time-series analysis of tree cover loss before, during and after road construction reveals a strong relationship between infrastructure development and accelerating deforestation.
In Cameroon efforts are underway to halt rainforest loss and develop opportunities with locals.
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Combining new technologies, including Global Forest Watch, a Forest Monitoring App and Participatory 3D Modelling, brings out traditional knowledge of the elders.
A Yanomami woman cultivates a medicinal tree.
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New research shows how ancient rainforest cultures have left their mark on today's plantlife.