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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.
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.
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