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Secondary forests have short lifespans

Secondary forests, or forests that have regrown after agriculture use, only last an average of 20 years, according to a recently released scientific paper. The...

End of Colombia conflict may bring new threats to ecosystems

More than 50 years of internal conflict in Colombia have left behind roughly 8 million victims, including 220,000 dead. Now the country is in...

Amphibians face many challenges in Brazilian rain forest

Deforestation remains the biggest threat to animals that call the rain forest "home." However, even measured, sensible development projects can have unforeseen effects because...

Time is running out in the tropics

A global biodiversity collapse is imminent unless we take urgent, concerted action to reverse species loss in the tropics, according to a major scientific...

Envisioning a future where all the trees in Europe disappear

Vegetation plays an important role in shaping local climate: just think of the cool shade provided by a forest or the grinding heat of...

Primates in peril

Primates are fascinating. They are intelligent, live in complex societies and are a vital part of the ecosystem. Lemurs, lorises, galagos, tarsiers, monkeys and...

Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems

Freshwater fish diversity is harmed as much by selective logging in rainforests as they are by complete deforestation, according to a new study. Researchers had...

Amazon deforestation is close to tipping point

Deforestation of the Amazon is about to reach a threshold beyond which the region's tropical rainforest may undergo irreversible changes that transform the landscape...

Current deforestation pace will intensify global warming

The global warming process may be even more intense than originally forecast unless deforestation can be halted, especially in the tropical regions. This warning...

Study shows climate value of earth’s intact forests

New research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution demonstrates the extraordinary value of Earth's remaining intact forests for addressing climate change and protecting wildlife, critical watersheds,...

Deforestation in the tropics

Tropical forests around the world play a key role in the global carbon cycle and harbour more than half of the species worldwide. However,...

Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change

Tropical forests all over the world are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists...

Sustainable harvest better for ecology of the forests

  New research at the University of Missouri has found that forest owners at greater risk of illegally cutting trees from their forests prefer to...

Europe’s forest coverage has halved over 6,000 years

More than half of Europe's forests have disappeared over the past 6,000 years thanks to increasing demand for agricultural land and the use of...

Protecting tropical forests from palm oil plantations

Forests cover 31 percent of Earth's land mass -- for now, anyway. As global demand for agricultural commodities grows, forests are increasingly under threat. In...