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A1TRBP Aerial root systems at the base of mangrove trees inside the mouth of the Amazon nr Soure Marajo Island Para state Brazil. Image shot 2005.

Amazon mangroves ‘twice as carbon rich’ as its rainforests

The vast mangroves of the Amazon store twice as much carbon per hectare as the region’s tropical forests, new research shows. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Sep 5. 2018.
Extracting a sample from the Congo basin peatland.

Guest post: A plan to solve the mysteries of Congo’s vast tropical peatland

Prof Simon Lewis is a researcher of global change science at the University of Leeds and University College London, as well as a contributing editor... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 3. 2018.
Forested hills of Guizhou, China. Credit: Charles O. Cecil / Alamy Stock Photo. J2N3RM

Planting a mix of tree species ‘could double’ forest carbon storage

Forests containing several tree species could store twice as much carbon as the average monoculture plantation, research finds. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Aug 22. 2018.
Wildfire at Buckhorn Summit, California, US. 30 July 2018.

Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as... Read More

Factchecks | Aug 9. 2018.
Boonsboro forest, Maryland, US. Credit: Joseph Thomas / Alamy Stock Photo. J90GD7

Methane uptake from forest soils has ‘fallen by 77% in three decades’

The amount of methane absorbed by forest soils has fallen by an average of 77% in the northern hemisphere over the past 27 years, a new study finds. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Aug 6. 2018.
Clearing of tropical rainforest south of Lake Kutubu, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo. H7PNTF

Deforestation has driven up hottest day temperatures, study says

The average hottest day of the year in Europe, North America and Asia has been made significantly more intense as a result of deforestation since the... Read More

Plants and forests | Apr 23. 2018.
Wildfire in Yosemite National Park, 2009. Kip Evans / Alamy Stock Photo. BT496N

CO2 emissions from wildfires have fallen over past 80 years, study finds

The annual amount of CO2 emitted as a result of wildfires has fallen over the past 80 years, a new study finds. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Apr 17. 2018.
Deforestation for agriculture along border of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, Uganda. Credit: Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo. K2EEGM

Africa’s vegetation has lost 2.6bn tonnes of CO2 in just seven years

The rainforests, savannahs and woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa have lost around 2.6bn tonnes of CO2 over the past seven years, a new study finds. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Apr 9. 2018.
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.
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