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Category archives for: Forest & Land

‘To save a forest you have to destroy a nicer one’: U.S. Marines target forest in Guam

The U.S. Marine Corps is building a base on Guam that will destroy 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of limestone forest, habitat for numerous endangered species. Read More: https://news.mongabay.com/2019/05/to-save-a-forest-you-have-to-destroy-a-nicer-one-u-s-marines-target-forest-in-guam/

Floodplain forests under threat

A team from the Institute of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg shows that the extraction of ground water for industry and households is increasingly damaging floodplain forests in Europe given the increasing intensity and length of drought periods in the summer. The scientists have published their results in the journal Frontiers in Forests and […]

Climate change limits forest recovery after wildfires

New University of Montana research suggests climate change makes it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings to regenerate following wildfires in low-elevation forests, which could contribute to abrupt forest loss. The study, "Wildfires and Climate Change Push Low-elevation Forests Across a Critical Climate Threshold for Tree Regeneration," was published March 11 in the Proceedings of the National […]

Researchers tap rare pristine air to reveal pollution’s impact

Five years ago, researchers spent three hours packed aboard a steamy Gulfstream-1 research aircraft as it zig-zagged between pristine air over the Amazon rainforest and polluted air nearby. It was like a trip back (and forth) through time, as scientists weaved between the two vastly different settings, snagging air samples characteristic of today's industrial environment […]

Experts: Bangladesh’s forest coverage under 10%

The total forest coverage in Bangladesh has shrunk to less than 10%, experts said at a workshop in Chittagong on Friday. “A country should have at least 25% forest coverage to meet the ecological balance, but the total area of forestland in Bangladesh has come down to 7-9%,” said Dipak Chakraborty, director of Local Government, […]

India’s first forest-certification scheme gets global recognition

India now has a globally recognised forest-certification scheme developed specifically for Indian forests. Recently, a Geneva-based non-profit decided to endorse the Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) developed by Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), an Indian non-profit. On March 4, 2019, the council of Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), […]

World’s biggest terrestrial carbon sinks are found in young forests

More than half of the carbon sink in the world's forests is in areas where the trees are relatively young — under 140 years old — rather than in tropical rainforests, research at the University of Birmingham shows. These trees have typically 'regrown' on land previously used for agriculture, or cleared by fire or harvest […]

Premise of SC ruling on forest dwellers wrong: UN Special Rapporteur

The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has come out in support of forest dwellers of India. She criticised the exclusionary form of conservation that the petitioning wildlife conservation societies in the Supreme Court advocate. Some national wildlife conservation groups along with former forest department bureaucrats had brought […]

Pests and the plant defenses against them drive diversity in tropical rainforests

Researchers have been baffled by tropical rainforest diversity for over a century; 650 different tree species can exist in an area covering two football fields, yet similar species never grow next to each other. It seems like it's good to be different than your neighbors, but why? To grow in a tropical rainforest is to […]

Forest land lost to govt agencies

The government is supposed to increase forest land to 20 percent of the country's total landmass by 2030, but the reality is, it is losing land every year to different government agencies who demand land for their establishments and development projects. Official numbers show that so far Bangladesh has 17.62 percent of its landmass covered […]

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