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By integrating satellite mapping, airborne-laser technology, and ground-based plot surveys, scientists from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, with colleagues from the World Wildlife Fund and in coordination with the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), have revealed the first high-resolution maps of carbon locked up in tropical forest vegetation and emitted by land-use practices.
Fire occurrence rates in the Amazon have increased in 59% of areas with reduced deforestation and risks cancelling part of the carbon savings achieved by UN measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation.
TORONTO and MONTREAL, May 18 /PRNewswire/ - Today 21 member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and nine leading environmental organizations, unveiled an unprecedented agreement - the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement - that applies to 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC members.
A new study involving scientists from 13 different organizations, universities and research institutions states that forest protection offers one of the most effective, practical, and immediate strategies to combat climate change.
Morale was high and more than $1 billion was raised to fight deforestation during a one-day climate change conference held in Paris on Thursday -- a stark contrast to the disappointment and discouraging Copenhagen talks just a few months ago.
New modeling released on Tuesday by the United Nations says emission cuts pledges made by 60 countries will not be enough to keep the average global temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius or less.
Unclear land rights, corruption threaten to undermine success of promised REDD funds.
An agreement in Copenhagen to fund reduced emissions from deforestation may generate multiple environmental and economic benefits if investments simultaneously target sites that are both carbon and biodiversity-rich.
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Tropical forest destruction accounts for some 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but quantifying these emissions has not been easy, particularly for tropical nations.
Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...
Taiga, or otherwise known as boreal forest, is a biome that is characterized by coniferous forests made up mostly of spruces, larches, and pines. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome. In North America, it covers most of inland Canada and Alaska as well as portions of the extreme northern continental United States and is known as the Northwoods. It covers most of Sweden, Finland, much of Norway, lowland/coastal areas of Iceland, much of Russia, northern Kazakhstan, northern...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.