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2011-10-04 12:18:18

A new report by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Canada's McGill University identifies gaps in forest monitoring and ways to improve data collection. This will produce reliable estimates of greenhouse gas emission reductions from activities aimed at reducing deforestation. Under a United Nations proposal to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, called REDD+, developing countries would be compensated according to their success...

2011-09-27 14:43:04

Pessimism prevails in the conservation community because of ongoing habitat destruction and associated threats to species. With the global population surging, conservationists will face increasing challenges to protect imperiled species and habitats A paper by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), James Cook University and Mongabay.com, which was published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution in early August, showed that although large-scale biodiversity declines are...

2011-09-15 12:08:26

Horn of Africa: Fighting food insecurity with forests and trees Restoring and preserving dryland forests and planting more trees to provide food, fodder and fertilizer on small farms are critical steps toward preventing the recurrence of the famine now threatening millions of people in the Horn of Africa, according to forestry experts from the CGIAR Consortium. Across the Horn, drought-induced famine has claimed tens of thousands of lives and swelled refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and...

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2011-09-14 22:46:41

A team of researchers from Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, the UK and the USA has carried out a comprehensive assessment to estimate the impact of disturbance and land conversion on biodiversity in tropical forests. In a recent study published in Nature, they found that primary forests — those least disturbed old-growth forests — sustain the highest levels of biodiversity and are vital to many tropical species. Rampant rates of logging and agricultural expansion have...

Majority Of Deforested Amazon Land Used As Cattle Pasture
2011-09-05 04:10:37

  More than three-fifths of the deforested areas in the Brazilian Amazon Rain forest are being used for grazing cattle, the government has discovered through a new satellite-based survey. The study, which according to Rhett Butler of the website Mongabay.com was conducted by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), revealed that 62% of the 277,000 square miles worth of rain forest that had been cleared is being used as a...

2011-08-15 08:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill has announced a new $3 million grant to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to protect the Brazilian rainforest and help farmers grow soy more sustainably. The grant expands a program that has already helped 383 farmers comply with conservation laws. Since 2004, the Responsible Soy project has successfully promoted responsible soy production in the Santarem area in the Brazilian state of Para, where Cargill has a soy terminal, by helping...

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2011-08-03 13:20:00

Brazilian government researchers said Tuesday that deforestation in the country's Amazon accelerated in June, with 120 square miles destroyed. May saw a decrease in deforestation to 100 square miles from April's 180 square miles. Over 150 square miles of forests were destroyed in April in a single state, Mato Grosso.  This state is known for its cattle ranches and soybean farming. Brazil said during a 2009 UN climate change summit that it would reduce Amazon deforestation by 80 percent...

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2011-07-16 05:55:00

The world's forests absorb one-third of the world's greenhouse gases, and could soak up as much as half of annual global carbon emission if deforestation was halted, according to a new study published Friday in Science, a journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In the study, co-author Dr. Pep Canadell, a scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia and the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project,...


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2009-07-02 22:38:33

The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia in Portuguese, and Selva Amazónica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...

Deforestation
2009-05-27 18:12:50

Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...

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