Latest William Laurance Stories

Earth’s Large Old Trees Are Dying Off
2012-12-07 14:14:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study by a trio of Australian and American researchers, large, old trees, which provide shelter for a multitude of animals, are declining in record numbers around the world. “It´s a worldwide problem and appears to be happening in most types of forest,” said lead author David Lindenmayer, an environmentalist with the Australian National University. “It is a very, very disturbing trend. We...

Biodiversity Preservation Efforts In Peril
2012-07-26 10:40:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nature preserves have been remarkably successful in maintaining the biodiversity within their borders, but some threats to the species that live there are making those borders obsolete. A recent study published in Nature that included over 200 scientists from around the world found that many of these modern-day Noah´s Arks are facing a threat to their biodiversity through mismanagement and insufficient enforcement of preserve...

2012-01-27 06:53:12

According to long-term studies in Amazonia, Africa and central America, the worlds largest trees are dying off due to the encroachment of man. The roads and villages that men build fragment forests while the trees are battling against severe droughts, pests and diseases. The studies have shown that the trees have adapted well to centuries of storms, pests and short-term climactic extremes, reports the Guardian. But these large trees are counterintuitively more vulnerable than other trees...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

U.S. conservationists say a shift from poverty-driven to industry-driven deforestation is threatening the world's tropical forests. But William Laurance of the Smithsonian Institution's Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Rhett Butler of Mongabay.com, a San Francisco-based tropical-forest Web site, say the increase in deforestation by big corporations also provides environmental lobby groups with an opportunity. "Rather than being dominated by rural farmers, tropical deforestation...

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