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Forests Retain More Carbon in Nutrient-Rich Soil

Forests Retain More Carbon in Nutrient-Rich Soil | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Forests growing in nutrient-rich soils are able to absorb five times as much carbon from the atmosphere as those in nutrient-poor soils.
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Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360

Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360 | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without destroying the remaining tropical forests of Africa, South America, and Asia?
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Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests

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Fresh hope for the world’s forests | Bangkok Post: opinion

Fresh hope for the world’s forests | Bangkok Post: opinion | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it

Global trends are reshaping how businesses approach sustainability. On one hand, consumers and investors are pushing businesses to raise their standards. Nowhere is this clearer then when it comes to management of the world’s forests.

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Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Sustainable Economic Growth

Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Sustainable Economic Growth | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it

Integrating REDD+ programmes into a Green Economy can boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.

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Climate change could wipe out wildlife and is ‘major risk’ to UK forests

Climate change could wipe out wildlife and is ‘major risk’ to UK forests | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Climate change poses a “major risk” to forests all over the world, threatening widespread tree deaths that could wipe out wildlife, exacerbate global warming and hurt the economy, a major new UN report will warn today.
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Conservation incentive program shows economic, environmental payoffs in Brazil

Conservation incentive program shows economic, environmental payoffs in Brazil | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
A Brazilian program that compensates families for conserving forests shows promise for reducing deforestation and helping small farmers improve their livelihoods, a new study co-sponsored by the Center for International Forestry Research shows.
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A great model of conserving the environmental & economic value of trees....Join @RootedInHope1 on Twitter for a #TreeChat Tuesday, 4/1 at 11:00 PST: Discussing the economic value of forests & the role of trees in sustainable development.

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Reforestation Of N. Korea Proceeding Under International Partnership

Reforestation Of N. Korea Proceeding Under International Partnership | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
China, South Korea NGOs Helping With Conservation Initiative. Private organizations of South Korea, North Korea and China have started to make systematic efforts to reforest bare mountains in North Korea.
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Forests: time to reclaim the 'wastelands'?

Forests: time to reclaim the 'wastelands'? | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Though often perceived as free space, forests provide billions of people with income, food and medicine. So how do policymakers ensure new development goals don't leave them out? Peter Holmgren offers two solutions
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"In the 10 seconds it takes to read this sentence, about 10 acres of forests are cleared."

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Monitoring the World's Forests with Global Forest Watch

Monitoring the World's Forests with Global Forest Watch | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it

Global Forest Watch uses satellite imagery and other technologies to estimate forest usage, change, and tree cover (among other things). These estimates and their eventual actions used to be slow. Now they're near-real-time.


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Real-time data changing the face, and pace, of deforestation.

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This is about to change with the launch of Global Forest Watch—an online forest monitoring system created by the World Resources Institute, Google and a group of more than 40 partners. Global Forest Watch uses technologies including Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine to map the world’s forests with satellite imagery, detect changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.

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Ants plant tomorrow's rainforest

Ants plant tomorrow's rainforest | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Tropical montane rain forests are highly threatened and their remnants are often surrounded by deforested landscapes. For the regeneration of these degraded areas, seed dispersal of forest trees plays a crucial role but is still poorly understood. Most tree species are dispersed by birds and mammals, but also by ants. This new research demonstrates the importance of this hitherto neglected ecosystem function for the restoration of montane rain forests. Ants promote the regeneration of these forests by dispersing seeds to safe sites for tree establishment.
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World's largest organisms dependent on the tiniest creatures.

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It Took 126 Photos, But Scientists Finally Fit The Biggest Tree On The Planet Into One Amazing Image

It Took 126 Photos, But Scientists Finally Fit The  Biggest Tree On The Planet Into One Amazing Image | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it

 

Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet. Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it. The figure at top seems taller than the other climbers because he’s standing forward on one of the great limbs.

 

The trunk is 27 feet wide and the his mighty branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet. On top of that, he still adds one cubic meter of wood per year – making him one of the fastest growing trees in the world.

 

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All Eyes on the Forests: The New Norm of Zero-Deforestation

All Eyes on the Forests: The New Norm of Zero-Deforestation | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
The new norm of zero-deforestation implies we are entering a new phase, transitioning into a modern approach to global forest management.
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"on the cusp of extraordinary change"

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Report: Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated

Report: Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Current climate models appear to underestimate the full impact of forest vegetation on rainfall patterns, indicating that the potential consequences of...
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Study shows intriguing new links between forests and rainfall patterns.

 

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Final Word: We'll be up a tree without forests, so let's save them ktar.com

Final Word: We'll be up a tree without forests, so let's save them ktar.com | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Summary of some interesting forest facts from conference with Nature Conservancy.
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IPCC Report - A Changing Climate

IPCC Report - A Changing Climate | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.

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5 Overlooked Deforestation Hotspots | World Resources Institute

5 Overlooked Deforestation Hotspots | World Resources Institute | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
The UN has announced that March 21 be recognized as the International Day of Forests. In tandem with the celebration of forests worldwide, is an awareness that we are still losing forests and trees much faster than they can regrow.

Many people are working to reverse tree cover loss in the world’s largest remaining forests. But several hugely important deforestation hotspots are still flying under the radar. These forest areas are seeing alarming trends and/or have lost much of their tree cover. We are using the latest data from Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system, to dive deeper into some under-reported deforestation hotspots.
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Together, we save forests

Together, we save forests | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Rainforest protection must include bottom-up approaches that engage the people living in the forests.
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Supporting forest-edge communities with alternatives that protect trees is critical in curbing deforestation.

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7 Companies Working to End Deforestation | One Green Planet

7 Companies Working to End Deforestation | One Green Planet | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
These companies have already taken the plunge and taken on zero deforestation initiatives.
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Grocery giant commits to zero-deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

Grocery giant commits to zero-deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products.
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Can saving forests help feed the world?

Can saving forests help feed the world? | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it

Feb 28, 2013 Mongabay

CAN SAVING FORESTS HELP FEED THE WORLD?

As world population climbs from 7 to a projected 9 billion people and emerging and developing economies demand ever more of the food and fiber that drive deforestation, many environmentalists ask with increasing urgency whether and how tropical forests can survive. But the question may actually be whether and how the world’s increasing, and increasingly rich, population can be fed unless tropical forests survive.

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0227-swf2013-schwartzman.html#wJLZX6OV82fltE8q.99


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Key concepts in forest conservation: Quantifying the cost of forest degradation

Key concepts in forest conservation: Quantifying the cost of forest degradation | Forests & Trees | Scoop.it
How much is a forest really worth? And what is the cost of forest degradation? These values are difficult to estimate, but according to Dr. Phillip Fearnside, we need to do a better job.
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