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Reducing Protection for Tasmanian Wilderness Would Be Bad News for Forests

Reducing Protection for Tasmanian Wilderness Would Be Bad News for Forests | forests | Scoop.it
Australia's prime minister thinks too much of the country's forest is "locked up" in protected areas. Here's why he's wrong.
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Despite significant environmental progress in recent decades, Australia is a long way from achieving a protected area system that adequately covers its range of bioregions. Almost 40% of bioregions have less than 10% of their territory protected, and only 20% of threatened species are adequately represented in the country’s protected areas. 

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Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell, study finds

Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell, study finds | forests | Scoop.it
Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out Tuesday.
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Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree | forests | Scoop.it
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.
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Megadiversity in peril?

Megadiversity in peril? | forests | Scoop.it
ALERT member Gopalasamy Reuben Clements is one of Malaysia's most active scientists. Here he tells us about his mission to save an imperied megadiversity hotspot: A tsunami of forest clearing for oil palm Malaysia is one of Earth’s 17...
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Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate

Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate | forests | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water that is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallization to create biomineralogical biosaline 3-D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. Afterwards, simply by rehydrating the material, bacteria are revived. The discovery was made by chance with a home microscope.
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Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime | forests | Scoop.it
Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a experts. Researchers call for biologists to join forces with experts such as economists, political scientists, criminologists, public health officials and international development specialists to collectively tackle a complex challenge.
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Ecotopia emerging: sustainable forests and healthy livelihoods go hand in hand

Ecotopia emerging: sustainable forests and healthy livelihoods go hand in hand | forests | Scoop.it
Callenbach's 1975 utopian novel Ecotopia became wildly popular among environmental-leaning folks, hippies, and progressive thinkers of the day.
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Conservation Tools: Satellites Sound Fire Alarm in Tropical Forests

Conservation Tools: Satellites Sound Fire Alarm in Tropical Forests | forests | Scoop.it

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, we can now detect fires and predict fire threat to prevent and respond to these fires earlier than ever — by viewing Earth’s changing biosphere from space.

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To define future of forests, first define ‘forests’

To define future of forests, first define ‘forests’ | forests | Scoop.it

Tomorrow, most of the forests that our children and grandchildren will visit will be far from pristine. The extent to which those forests will provide what human societies require—such as ecosystem services and biodiversity—will vary with our understanding of what constitutes the “status” of a forest and the intensity with which we exploit or manage them. Today, however, we still have no common reference point that could enable us to establish the status of forests. One is urgently needed, argue CIFOR Senior Associates Francis Putz and Claudia Romero in a new article in the journal Biotropica, so that we can move toward meaningful discussions of the future of tropical forests and potential management solutions.

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Phone-based logging alert system eyes expanding to the Amazon

Phone-based logging alert system eyes expanding to the Amazon | forests | Scoop.it
After exceeding an ambitious fundraising target to launch a near-real time forest monitoring system in the Congo Basin, a San-Francisco based start-up is now eyeing expansion in the Amazon where it hopes to help an indigenous rainforest tribe fight illegal logging.
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Five Questions for Jeffrey Sachs On Decarbonizing the Economy

Five Questions for Jeffrey Sachs On Decarbonizing the Economy | forests | Scoop.it
Thirty scientific institutions from 15 countries last week released a report for the United Nations outlining how the world’s major carbon dioxide-emitting nations can slash those emissions by mid-century. Called the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, the initiative aims to provide government leaders with a plan of action in advance of a UN climate summit in September and climate negotiations in Paris in late 2015. Yale Environment 360 asked Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a key player in the decarbonization project, five questions about the initiative and the prospects for global action on the climate front.
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Killing Big Animals Allows Rodents (and Their Fleas) to Flourish

Killing Big Animals Allows Rodents (and Their Fleas) to Flourish | forests | Scoop.it

Biologists have long thought that when large mammals, such as elephants and gazelles, are driven to extinction, small critters will inherit the earth. As those critters (think rodents) multiply, so will the number of disease-carrying fleas. Scientists have now experimentally confirmed this scenario, which is troubling because it could lead to a rise in human infection by diseases that can be transferred between animals and people.

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Surrounded by deforestation, critically endangered gorillas hang on by a thread

Surrounded by deforestation, critically endangered gorillas hang on by a thread | forests | Scoop.it

Photo Credit: WCS Nigeria

 

The mountain forests at the Nigeria-Cameroon border are home to one of the rarest and most threatened subspecies of African apes – the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli). Today, fewer than 300 individuals survive in the wild. These occur in 14 small, fragmented populations spread over a 12,000-square kilometer (4,633-square mile) landscape, characterized by rugged, hilly terrain and a matrix of farmlands, villages, and forests.

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Fix farms in a few countries and feed 3 billion people

Fix farms in a few countries and feed 3 billion people | forests | Scoop.it
A handful of countries and crops account for most of our issues with food production – if we sort them out, we could feed far more mouths
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It's not just extinction: meet defaunation

It's not just extinction: meet defaunation | forests | Scoop.it
Get ready to learn a new word: defaunation. Fauna is the total collection of animals—both in terms of species diversity and abundance—in a given area. So, defaunation, much like deforestation, means the loss of animals in all its myriad forms, including extinction, extirpation, or population declines.
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Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests

Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests | forests | Scoop.it

Photo Credit: Prue Simmons

 

'In Africa, you can come across Kaya forests of coastal Kenya, customary forests in Uganda, sacred forest groves in Benin, dragon forests in The Gambia or church forests in Ethiopia...You can also come across similar forest patches in South and Southeast Asia including numerous sacred groves in India well-known for their role in conservation of biological diversity,' Dr. Shonil Bhagwat told mongabay.com.

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Natural products from plants protect skin during cancer radiotherapy

Natural products from plants protect skin during cancer radiotherapy | forests | Scoop.it
Plant-derived natural product chemicals could offer protection to the skin from the harmful effects of gamma radiation during cancer radiotherapy, suggests research.
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No returning to Eden: Researchers explore how to restore species in a changing world

No returning to Eden: Researchers explore how to restore species in a changing world | forests | Scoop.it
Reversing the increasing rate of global biodiversity losses may not be possible without embracing intensive, and sometimes controversial, forms of threatened species management, according to zoologists.
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Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye | forests | Scoop.it
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels.
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Strengthening community forest rights is critical tool to fight climate change

Strengthening community forest rights is critical tool to fight climate change | forests | Scoop.it
Strengthening community forest rights is an essential strategy to reduce billions of tonnes of carbon emissions, making it an effective way for governments to meet climate goals, safeguard forests and protect the livelihoods of their citizens,...
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Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards | forests | Scoop.it
WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.
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Theater troupe revives tradition to promote conservation in DRC

Theater troupe revives tradition to promote conservation in DRC | forests | Scoop.it

 

Photo Credit: Roger Peet

Two years ago, environmental artist Roger Peet set off to the Democratic Republic of Congo to support the new Lomami National Park with bandanas that he designed. This time, Peet is back in Congo to carry out a conservation theater project in remote villages near the proposed Lomami National Park.

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Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins

Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins | forests | Scoop.it

Photo Credit:  Craig Nieminski

The largest-ever phylogenetic study of spiders shows that, contrary to long-held popular opinion, the two groups of spiders that weave orb-shaped webs do not share a single origin.
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Forests Are Creating Momentum for Climate Negotiations

Forests Are Creating Momentum for Climate Negotiations | forests | Scoop.it
Representatives from 44 forested countries, all involved in the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, shared success stories showing how innovative climate finance can help protect forests and mitigate climate change.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 23, 4:42 AM

I can't think of a better way to really solve problems then getting round the table with each other and taking a look at how the actions each of us engage in affect each other.

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Sri Lanka still losing forests at rapid clip

Sri Lanka still losing forests at rapid clip | forests | Scoop.it
During the latter half of Sri Lanka's civl war, between 1990 and 2005, Sri Lanka suffered one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, losing about 35 percent of its old growth forest and almost 18 percent of its total forest cover. The conflict ended in 2009, and while deforestation has slowed somewhat, Sri Lanka is still losing forest cover at a fast pace.
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Australia will pay dearly for repealing its carbon tax

Australia will pay dearly for repealing its carbon tax | forests | Scoop.it
Axing Australia's landmark carbon tax will probably lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions, and a loss of confidence in carbon trading schemes elsewhere
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