trees and forests

a shihuahuaco tree in amazon, peru

A new leaf: the hardy trees reforesting the Amazon

Scientists in Peru have found tree species that thrive in land poisoned by gold miners; now they have started planting — Flying above the Tambopata River in a single-engine Cessna turboprop, the panorama is desolate. Jungle rivers are ripped open into a delta of sand dunes and stagnant, discoloured ponds. Ant-sized bulldozers roll down mud …

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protesters next to trees felled in the hambach forest before a demonstration

Berlin startup offers €1m to save ancient Hambach forest from coal mining

Ecosia offers to buy remaining forest from energy firm RWE, which plans to fell most of the trees — A non-profit Berlin tech startup has offered to buy the remaining 200 hectares of an ancient German forest to save it from being destroyed for coal surface mining. Ecosia, a search engine which donates the majority …

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reforestation is seen as essential if the world is to restrict warming to 1.5c

Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5°C

Ben van Beurden says ‘another Brazil in terms of rainforest’ will help achieve UN target — The boss of Shell has said a huge tree-planting project the size of the Amazon rainforest would be needed to meet a tougher global warming target, as he argued more renewable energy alone would not be enough. Ben van …

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large tracts of tropical forests, such as this one in the amazon, are being lost to farmland

Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions

Protecting and restoring forests would reduce 18% of emissions by 2030 and help to avoid global temperature rise beyond 1.5°C — The role of forests in combating climate change risks being overlooked by the world’s governments, according to a group of scientists that has warned halting deforestation is “just as urgent” as eliminating the use …

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amazon rainforest, peru

Warming oceans are changing the world’s rainfall

A new study finds that warming in the Atlantic Ocean is changing rain patterns in the Amazon — Global warming means truly global warming. The atmosphere, the oceans, and the ground are all warming. As a result, ice is melting, seas are rising, storms are getting more severe, and droughts are getting worse. But these …

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aerial root systems of mangrove trees at the mouth of the amazon, brazil

Amazon mangroves ‘twice as carbon rich’ as its rainforests

The vast mangroves of the Amazon store twice as much carbon per hectare as the region’s tropical forests, new research shows — The relatively understudied ecosystem also stores 10 times more carbon than Amazon savannahs – a type of grassy plain with sparsely populated trees, according to the study. However, the wetlands face threats from …

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matsigenka woman, peru

Rights not ‘fortress conservation’ key to save planet, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples calls for a new, rights-based approach to conservation — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released a report highly critical of the global conservation movement and calling for indigenous peoples and other local communities to have a greater say in protecting the world’s forests. Titled …

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Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers — Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a …

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