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Slash and burn deforestation in the amazon rainforest. 60-70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon results from cattle ranches and soyabeans cultivation while the rest mostly results from small-scale subsistence agriculture.

Guest Post: Forests to provide a quarter of Paris Agreement's pledged mitigation

This is a guest post by Dr Jo House, reader in environmental science and policy at the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute, and Dr Giacomo Grassi,... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 27. 2017.
Bushfire near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Risk of ‘megafires’ to increase as climate warms

The likelihood of extreme wildfires - or “megafires” - across the world is expected to increase as global temperatures rise, a new study says. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Feb 6. 2017.
Congo basin peatland

Guest post: Vast carbon store found under Congo swamp forest

A guest article by Prof Simon Lewis, professor of global change science at University College London and the University of Leeds. ... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 13. 2017.
Thunderstorms on the Brazilian Horizon

Guest post: How scientists predicted CO2 would breach 400ppm in 2016

Prof Richard Betts is head of climate impacts research at the Met Office Hadley Centre and chair in climate impacts at the University of Exeter. ... Read More

Guest posts | Nov 8. 2016.
Green Leaves

Surge in plant growth explains slower CO2 rise over past decade

It's unequivocal that human activity is raising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. But since the start of the century, the level has stopped accelerating... Read More

Nov 8. 2016.
Andalusian landscape near Alora, Spain

Warming of 2C will push Mediterranean habitats into 'unprecedented situation'

The Paris Agreement, slated to come into force on the 4 November, contains a two-pronged, long-term goal for limiting global warming - holding to... Read More

Plants and forests | Oct 27. 2016.
The cliffs being eroded at the Birling Gap. The houses on the cliff are long empty and uninhabited.

UK faces urgent climate change risks, says CCC

The UK must address a number of urgent risks due to climate change, the government's climate advisers have warned. ... Read More

Risk and adaptation | | Jul 12. 2016.

Alpine soils storing up to a third less carbon as summers warm

The top metre of the world’s soils contains three times as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. This means that losing carbon from the soil can... Read More

Plants and forests | Jun 13. 2016.
Raindrops on leaf, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Rising CO2 has 'greened' world's plants and trees

Earth's plants and trees have sprouted enough new leaves since the early 1980s to cover twice the area of mainland United States, according to new... Read More

Plants and forests | Apr 25. 2016.
France, Reunion island (French overseas department), Cirque de Salazie, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, mountainous tropical landscape of lush greenery.

Guest post: Understanding CO2 fertilisation and climate change

Prof Richard Betts is head of climate impacts research at the Met Office Hadley Centre and chair in climate impacts at the University of Exeter. ... Read More

Guest posts | Apr 25. 2016.
Field of trees during fall foliage, Stowe Vermont, USA

Shrinking of forest carbon sink under climate change may be ‘less than anticipated’

The world’s forests take up around a third of human-caused CO2 emissions, playing a critical role in helping to moderate climate change. ... Read More

Plants and forests | Mar 16. 2016.
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