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Satellite images reveal global losses of tidal wetlands over past two decades

The Earth has lost 4,000 square kilometres (km2) of its tidal wetlands over the past 20 years, a new study finds. This is equal to an area roughly th... Read More

Nature | May 12. 2022.
Amazon rain forest clearance for agriculture in Brazil_

UN land report: Five key takeaways for climate change, food systems and nature loss

Humans have had an unprecedented impact on land – with vast consequences for climate change, food systems and biodiversity, a major new UN report c... Read More

Nature | Apr 27. 2022.
Deforestation of an area that used to be a jungle in Satpuda ranges, India

Guest post: How climate change is driving forest loss in India

India is home to 650 endemic tree species found nowhere else in the world, 8% of the world’s biodiversity and three biodiversity hotspots. The majo... Read More

Guest posts | Apr 19. 2022.
Aerial vews over the Yamal Peninsula in Russia

‘Imminent’ tipping point threatening Europe’s permafrost peatlands

Large swathes of northern Europe and western Siberia may become “climatically unsuitable” for carbon-rich permafrost peatlands within a few decad... Read More

Plants and forests | Mar 14. 2022.
Group of woman harvesting coca (cocaine) leaves

Guest post: In conflict and peace, what drives deforestation in Colombia?

In 2016, the government of Colombia signed a landmark peace accord with former guerilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), brin... Read More

Guest posts | Mar 9. 2022.
Drought in the Amazon. Credit: Pulsar Imagens / Alamy Stock Photo. FTPJG9

Declining ‘resilience’ pushing Amazon rainforest towards tipping point

Three-quarters of the Amazon rainforest has lost “resilience” since 2003 – making it more vulnerable to extreme events such as droughts – acc... Read More

Tipping points | Mar 7. 2022.
Female workers putting seeds in soil bags at a forest department nursery in Beawar

Guest post: How much could restoring forests reduce India's emissions?

India has made ambitious pledges to restore forests to tackle climate change, alongside many other countries. But what that goal looks like in practi... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 17. 2022.
Blanket peat bog moorland on Kinder Scout, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park, England, UK

Guest post: Are the world’s peatlands better protected after COP26?

Peatlands cover just 3% of the world’s land area, but store twice as much carbon as all the trees on Earth combined. The carbon held in these we... Read More

Guest posts | Dec 7. 2021.
COP26 sign in Action Hub Blue Zone SEC Glasgow

COP26: Key outcomes for food, forests, land use and nature in Glasgow

Coming into COP26 in Glasgow, nature was expected to feature heavily at the summit – one-fourth of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s mantra of ... Read More

COP26 Glasgow | Nov 17. 2021.
Itombwe Mountains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo_GKRMAF

Endangered African montane forests could be a key ‘carbon store’, scientists say

Tropical forests on the slopes of Africa’s mountains are more concentrated stores of carbon than the Amazon, a new study in Nature suggests. The... Read More

Plants and forests | Sep 14. 2021.
Aerial of mangroves at King Sound, Australia

Guest post: Mapping ‘blue-carbon wealth’ around the world

Carbon “sinks”, such as forests or the ocean, play a crucial role in absorbing atmospheric CO2 and thereby reducing the damages caused by climate... Read More

Guest posts | Jul 12. 2021.
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