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Plants and forests

A deforested spot in a mangrove forest. Credit: Oliver S. - Madagascar General / Alamy Stock Photo. EDW769

Mangrove deforestation emits as much CO2 as Myanmar each year

The world’s mangrove forests, with their archetypal twisted roots protruding from the water surface, store more than 4bn tonnes of carbon, new... Read More

Plants and forests | Feb 26. 2018.
Amazon rain forest afire. Credit: Stock Connection Blue / Alamy Stock Photo BNX7RP

Carbon emissions from Amazon wildfires could ‘counteract’ deforestation decline

The loss of carbon from wildfires fuelled by drought could “counteract” efforts to cut deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, research suggests. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Feb 13. 2018.
Saw-billed Hermit from the Atlantic Rainforest of SE Brazil. Credit: Octavio Campos Salles / Alamy Stock Photo FFKGJY

Rainforests: Scientists concerned climate change is altering the tropical life cycle

Climate change could be causing shifts to the natural cycle of life in the tropical rainforest, scientists have suggested. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Jan 30. 2018.
BDDR6F Flooded rainforest floor in the wet season. Feargus Cooney / Alamy Stock Photo

Climate change and deforestation threaten world’s largest tropical peatland

Just over a year ago, scientists announced the discovery of the world’s largest intact tropical peatland in a remote part of the Congo’s vast... Read More

Plants and forests | Jan 25. 2018.
Measuring trees in Borneo.

Deforestation and drought threaten carbon storage in Borneo’s rainforests

Carbon storage in Borneo’s tropical rainforests faces a dual threat from deforestation for agriculture and droughts caused by El Niño events, a new... Read More

Plants and forests | Dec 19. 2017.
Floodplain in the flooded Amazon forest in Mamiraua Book

Guest post: Trees are the dominant source of methane emissions in Amazon wetlands

Prof Vincent Gauci is chair in global change ecology in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Open University. ... Read More

Guest posts | Dec 4. 2017.
coral reef at the Palmerston Atoll

Rapid CO2 cuts could allow some cool-water corals to adapt to global warming

Some of the world’s most diverse coral reefs are found in cooler parts of the tropics. These corals may be able to adapt to rising temperatures if... Read More

Marine life | Nov 1. 2017.
Greater bamboo lemur, here resting on a giant bamboo, CREDIT Jukka Jernvall

Climate change threatens the survival of Madagascar’s bamboo lemurs

Climate change could threaten the food supply of bamboo lemurs, new research finds, leaving the animals vulnerable to starvation. ... Read More

Wildlife | Oct 26. 2017.
Primary rainforest Langkawi Malaysia

Tropical forests are ‘no longer carbon sinks’ because of human activity

Tropical forests now emit more carbon than they are able to absorb from the atmosphere as a result of the dual effects of deforestation and land... Read More

Plants and forests | Sep 28. 2017.
Everglades National Park dead trees and grasses.

Ecosystems facing 'double whammy' due to increasing impacts of drought

Trees and plants across the world are increasingly in “recovery mode” after a drought, a new study says, and they’re taking longer to bounce... Read More

Drought | Aug 9. 2017.
D6HBM5 Aerial view of lush Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, farmland, home to the Amish, prolific farmers.

Warm spells in Arctic stunt crop yields across US, study suggests

Unusually warm periods in the Arctic stunt vegetation growth and crop yields across North America, a new study suggests. ... Read More

Arctic | Jul 10. 2017.
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