Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, pictured on May 6, 2020, faced scathing criticism in 2019 for initially downplaying Amazon wildfires Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro authorized the army Thursday to fight Amazon wildfires and deforestation, amid warnings the world’s biggest rainforest is disappearing even faster than during record devastation last year. The […]

Illustration of the Antarctic rainforest. Credit: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/James McKay Researchers have found evidence of rainforests near the South Pole 90 million years ago, suggesting the climate was exceptionally warm at the time. A team from the UK and Germany discovered forest soil from the Cretaceous period within 900 km of the […]

Regional changes in forest area relative to 2010 for forest carbon rental and carbon penalty scenarios. RCP 8.5 = very weak climate change policy; RCP 1.9 = very strong climate change policy. Credit: University of Maine Incentivizing both sequestration and avoidance of emissions— using a carbon rental or carbon tax […]

Credit: Oregon State University Summer streamflow in industrial tree plantations harvested on 40- to 50-year rotations was 50% lower than in century-old forests, data from the long-term Alsea Watershed Study in the Oregon Coast Range showed. The research, led by Oregon State University’s Catalina Segura, is an important step toward […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers from the U.S., Bolivia, Brazil, Sweden, Peru and Columbia has found that most of the road projects currently planned for the Amazon rainforest have not been assessed for environmental or economic impacts. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

According to calculations based on real-world data, large ecosystems, such as the Amazon rainforest, will collapse and disappear alarmingly quickly, once a crucial tipping point is reached. Large ecosystems, such as the Amazon rainforest, will collapse and disappear alarmingly quickly, once a crucial tipping point is reached, according to calculations […]

This illustration shows the impact of storm surge on coastal infrastructure and people with and without mangrove forests. Credit: © World Bank and Punto Aparte   ENLARGE The natural coastal defenses provided by mangrove forests reduce annual flooding significantly in critical hotspots around the world. Without mangroves, flood damages would increase […]

Secondary forest conservation, July, 2014 in São Félix do Xingu. Credit: Nelton Cavalcante da Luz & Douglas Rafael Moraes Vidal Currently, re-growing forests comprise roughly 21% of previously deforested areas in the Brazilian Amazon. However, these forests, referred to as secondary vegetation, have been little studied, despite occupying a total […]