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2011-05-11 13:50:52

A recent workshop in Nairobi, Kenya saw representatives from 43 African nations participate in an ambitious project to document the status of the world's forest genetic resources; a vital step in conserving and sustainably managing forests. "Forest genetic resources are unique and irreplaceable; from plants that provide timber and essential nourishment when crops fail to those that may be used in future medicines," explains Oudara Souvannavong, Senior Forestry Officer with the Food and...

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2011-05-06 08:47:44

Researchers journey along the Transamazon Highway to learn about deforestation and the logging industry The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest on Earth and home to millions of species. Yet, deforestation, or the clearing of forested areas, poses a threat to the livelihood of the forest. "The prime global consequence of Amazonian deforestation is loss of the world's greatest repository of biodiversity," said Robert Walker, a Geography professor at Michigan State University....

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2011-04-27 13:34:24

The WWF wildlife campaign group said on Wednesday that the world stands to lose 230 million hectares of forest by 2050 with drastic consequences for the climate, biodiversity and the global economy. "Those responsible -- policy-makers and industry -- are sawing away at the branch we're all sitting on," WWF's head of forests, Philipp Goeltenboth, said in a statement, noting that the area projected to be lost is 27 times the size of Austria. According to the organization, the current rate of...

2011-04-25 00:00:26

Global contributions made via Cuipo.Org starting on Earth Day will help purchase parcels of the rainforest for preservation to fight global warming and protect natural resources. Cuipo's "Adopt a Meter of the Rainforest" initiative is designed to protect the endangered rainforests and its indigenous species. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2011 Cuipo, the rainforest preservation social enterprise, today announced a new program for Earth Day where a contribution of $4 now buys five total...

2011-04-20 12:53:37

Deforestation in parts of the Peruvian Amazon has increased six-fold in recent years as small-scale miners, driven by record gold prices, blast and clear more of the lowland rainforest, according to a new Duke University-led study. The study, published today in the online journal PLoS ONE, combined NASA satellite imagery spanning six years with economic analyses of gold prices and mercury imports to document the forces responsible for deforestation in Peru's biologically diverse Madre de Dios...

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2011-04-19 07:20:00

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Just days before Earth Day, tropical dry forests in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais received good news as members of the Superior Court of Minas Gerais overturned a state law that altered the status of the 6,000 square-mile forest's protection. The tropical dry forests can thank a project called Tropi-Dry for the success of overturning the law that left the area unprotected from logging. The effort taken by these scientists rings of truth that man can still...

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2011-04-16 07:15:00

Officials in Los Angeles County have launched an effort to restore tens of thousands of acres of severely charred wooded areas in the Angeles National Forest, an area that had the largest fire in that county's history after an arsonist set it ablaze two years ago. The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and local and federal agency officials Friday announced a five-year plan to replant 3 million trees on 10,000 acres, remove invasive plants and restore the habitat on 40,000 more acres in the...

2011-04-14 11:00:00

NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Earth Day and beyond, people around the globe can help "plant a future" and help restore critically endangered rain forests of South America and Indonesia through new fundraising products launched worldwide by Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP). The new Hello Green Tomorrow products available in more than 50 countries include a sleek reusable aluminum water bottle sold by Avon only in the U.S. (Photo:...

2011-04-11 00:00:37

For the month of April, PlanetShoes.com has partnered with the Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge to help reduce our impact on the planet. Waltham, MA (PRWEB) April 9, 2011 Global climate change is a serious issue that affects everyone whether you realize it or not. The clearing of large tracts of forests across the globe is contributing to rising temperatures, soil erosion, and habitat loss. In addition to losing the oxygen creating, air cleaning benefits that forests provide, the...

2011-04-07 14:30:44

Researchers call for greater focus on 'fertilizers for forest' mitigation in West Africa to improve food security, protect biodiversity and reduce emissions from deforestation Low-input farming for cocoa, cassava and oil palm has resulted in widespread deforestation and degredation of West Africa's tropical forest area, according to a new study by researchers at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). The study...


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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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