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2011-05-31 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA-led research team has used a variety of NASA satellite data to create the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount and location of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests. The data are expected to provide a baseline for ongoing carbon monitoring and research and serve as a useful resource for managing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new map, created...

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2011-05-26 11:06:29

One helpful action anyone can take in response to global warming is to plant trees and preserve forests. Trees and plants capture carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, thereby removing the most abundant greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and storing some of it in their woody tissue. Yet global warming may affect the capacity of trees to store carbon by altering forest nitrogen cycling, concludes a study led by Jerry Melillo of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), published this week in...

2011-05-26 00:00:29

3rd Palm Oil Summit meets on 18-19 July 2011 in Bali to deliberate on strategies for "ËœYield improvement and carbon management', review solutions to escalating fertilizer costs and planning of palm oil expansion in suitable degraded land. Bali (PRWEB) May 26, 2011 In view of escalating cost of fertiliser, thus the need for effective planning, 3rd Palm Oil Summit has secured Mr Armin Gfroerer-Kerstan, Director of PT Agrisoft-Systems Indonesia to share his views on `Nutrient...

2011-05-24 10:03:00

RACINE, Wis., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson announced today that by 2015, it will only purchase palm oil-based ingredients that originate from responsible and sustainable sources. This is yet another step in the company's long-term commitment to using the best ingredients and communicating openly about them. "While SC Johnson's use of palm oil-based ingredients is relatively small, as a family company we believe responsibility is critical at every level. Being a smaller...

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2011-05-19 13:45:29

An increase in deforestation in March and April in the Amazon has led Brazil to announce the creation of an emergency task force. According to official statistics, 368 square miles of the Amazon has been deforested, which is six times the amount during the same period last year. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, who announced the increase, said the task force will be comprised of government experts and representatives of states badly impacted by recent deforestation. "Our goal is to...

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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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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