Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

For scientist Sophie Gilbert, who spent four recent summers tracking the movements of Sitka black-tailed deer in the Tongass National Forest in a project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, that means notebooks with waterproof paper.

Burning Crops to Capture Carbon? Good Luck Finding Water

Burning Crops to Capture Carbon? Good Luck Finding Water

One controversial idea is known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS: You’d grow crops and burn them for energy, then capture the emissions coming out of the facility and pump them underground as liquefied gas.

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

But if people swapped 20 percent of their beef for mycoprotein, deforestation rates by 2050 would be half what they would be if beef consumption continued to rise as projected.“Part of the solution to this problem could be existing biotechnology,” says Florian Humpenöder, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and the lead author of the Nature paper.

Fossil Pollen Reveals the African Origins of Asia’s Tropical Forests

Fossil Pollen Reveals the African Origins of Asia’s Tropical Forests

New research from Indian scientists has uncovered that the dipterocarp family evolved in Africa and migrated to Southeast Asia via the Indian subcontinent, surviving asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions along the way.

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

“You can think of cutting down the forest as 100 years of global warming happening instantly,” says Nicholas Wolff , a climate scientist at The Nature Conservancy and lead author on the research.

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

“Over the years, I’ve built up a network of people in the different collecting areas who helped me with seed collection,” Swift said.But while there’s a huge focus on planting trees, there’s little on where those seedlings will come from.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $80 million in FAO-led projects in Congo and Jordan

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $80 million in FAO-led projects in Congo and Jordan

The two new projects contribute to FAO's goal of scaling up and broadening support for climate-related investments in agriculture that offer socio-economic and environmental benefits and help smallholders in vulnerable countries progress on low-emission and resilient development.

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

To that end, TNC is working with partners, including the USFWS, to derive lessons and best practices to maximize Palmyra’s resilience in the face of climate change by eradicating black rats, realigning the native rainforest, and reintroducing endangered bird species.

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

A 2017 study by scientists at Colorado State University and the National Park Service found that human noise doubled background sounds in 63 percent of US protected areas.There are still some quiet places left, however, where the sounds of humanity give way to the natural world.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

"Mapping peatlands to know their location, extent and greenhouse gas emissions potential, can help countries to plan and better manage their land, water and biodiversity, mitigating climate change and adapting to it more effectively," says Maria Nuutinen, FAO's lead peatlands expert with the Forestry Department and co-author of the publication.

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

27 January 2020, Rome - The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.

FAO - News Article: Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

FAO - News Article: Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

11 November 2019, Rome - FAO today launched a new $7.1 million project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to make forest data more accessible, transparent and available, and, in particular, help developing countries to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's enhanced transparency requirements.

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

"The adoption and use of SEPAL for forest monitoring has exceeded all expectations and its impact on country reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is already a significant improvement compared to previous years," said Tiina Vahanen, Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources Division in FAO's Forestry Department.

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

Humans carve out farmlands, sometimes leaving a neat edge where the forest meets the fields, or even creating islands of forest surrounded by crops or grazing fields for cattle.

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

The fiery, anti-environment populist has encouraged settlements in the Amazon region, sacked the head of the government agency that monitors deforestation from space, and just this week blamed NGOs for setting the fires to make him look bad.On Tuesday, a satellite took this image of forest fires burning across three Brazilian states.

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

“You don't need to plant anything, you just stop whacking the system,” says Bronson Griscom, director of forest carbon science at the Nature Conservancy.

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

The funding agreement was signed today by FAO Assistant Director-General for Programme Support and Technical Cooperation, Roberto Ridolfi, and the Deputy Director of GCF's Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Andreas Biermann, at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Balneario Camboriu view from the bay with partial watershed © Timm Kroeger/TNC In the first rigorous, peer-reviewed study on water fund Return on Investment (ROI) for cities in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, TNC scientists examine the Camboriú Water Fund and show that nature can be a cost-effective solution for improving urban water supplies and reducing treatment costs.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Related Stories Now a graphic designer with a sideline in photography, Burnell recently returned to Wistman's Wood to attempt to capture the forest's cinematic quality. In fact, the images were so successful at capturing the forest's cinematic quality that many viewers seem unable to distinguish it from an actual movie, Burnell says.

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall | John Abraham

A new study finds that warming in the Atlantic Ocean is changing rain patterns in the Amazon Previous researchers who have looked at the Amazon and its changing precipitation have found that the southern part of the rainforest has experienced a long-term increase in rainfall.

News Article: Forests and trees are key for a sustainable future

News Article: Forests and trees are key for a sustainable future

Halting deforestation, managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded forests and adding to worldwide tree cover all require actions to avoid potentially damaging consequences for the planet and its people, according to The State of the World's Forests 2018.Forests and trees contribute far more to human livelihoods than is commonly known, playing crucial roles in food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural economies.

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

A new analysis from the Science for Nature & People Partnership will determine which combination of land use — sharing or land sparing — in Indonesia’s Berau district is best for maintaining timber yields, while still protecting forest biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

To calculate the ROI of tree cover, Kroeger and colleagues from the Conservancy and NASA, set out to identify where it would provide the largest health benefits – the greatest reduction of respirable particulate matter and heat for the highest number of people — and then measure how those benefits compare to the costs of the trees.

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

New research from The Nature Conservancy shows that villagers living in recently fragmented landscapes are more likely to report an increase in local temperatures, signaling a loss of the forest’s cooling services.