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  • Old growth forests are valuable carbon sinks

    Contrary to 40 years of conventional wisdom, a new analysis to be published Friday in the journal Nature suggests that old growth forests are usually “carbon sinks” – they continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change for centuries. However, these old growth forests around the world are not protected by international treaties and have been considered of no ...


  • Growth-oriented logging: a new concept in forest management

    Deforestation in the tropics has both local and global effects, but conservation remains a major challenge. New research describes a method for measuring tree growth and timber harvesting, which can lead to sustainable management of tropical timber resources. The method tailors cutting cycles according to accurate growth rates of different tree species. Research explored the Mamirauá Sustainable ...

  • Extended tree growth season not as hot as it sounds for New England foresters

    A century ago, a New England winter averaged 24 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, New Englanders are about three degrees warmer during the cold season, and temperatures are likely to continue rising. As a result, spring is arriving earlier, snowpack is melting faster, and rivers are flowing at peak levels sooner than ecologists have seen before.The growing season for New England forests has been ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Forest Fence Research

    The latest project has been introduced in St. Hjøllund Plantage in central Jutland.Vejle Skov og Landscab (Vejle Forest and Landscape) aim to establish a solution to avoid or reduce the amount of forest fences.Sections of permanent and temporary steel wire fences along with electric fence systems will be erected around small sections of recently planted tree species such as Rowan, Oak, Birch, ...


  • Fewer forests in our cars

    Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you to this Conference on the challenges of deforestation and forest degradation. Thank you for joining us and accepting to share your experience and perspective with us today. The topics we will address in these two days are challenging for all of us. Just a couple of months ago, I gave a keynote speech at the 2014 edition of the World Forests ...

  • Annual Investment of US $30 Billion in Tropical Forest Conservation Can Support Green and Sustainable Economic Growth

    An investment of US $30 billion per year - under seven per cent of the US $480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies - in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can accelerate the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term wellbeing of tens of millions in developing countries, a new report released today said. Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can ...

  • Frontier forest science for carbon solutions

    Under the agreement, a software model referred to as CABALA, which can be used to model forest growth over time, has been licensed to CO2 Australia to assist it in the design and management of tree plantings for use in large greenhouse gas abatement projects. Based on inputs like rainfall, temperature, and data on the particular tree species of interest, CABALA can estimate the amount of carbon ...

  • Flushing our forests down the toilet

    Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day and roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper. Meanwhile, growing populations, adoption of Western lifestyles, and sanitation improvements in developing countries are driving the increased use of toilet paper. According to the latest issue ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Forest Certification to Help Ensure the Sustainable Use of Southern Mediterranean Forests

    Desertification is one of the major environmental problems faced by Maghreb. The sustainable use of forests in these countries would help to mitigate and adapt to this global change. This is why MENFRI, the Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation, gathered together forestry experts in Barcelona this summer to discuss opportunities and challenges ...


    By PEFC International

  • Flushing our forests down the toilet

    Washington, D.C.-Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day and roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper. Meanwhile, growing populations, adoption of Western lifestyles, and sanitation improvements in developing countries are driving the increased use of toilet paper. According to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Indonesia’s Moratorium: an opportunity for forests and industry

    A highly anticipated two-year moratorium on new forest conversion permits could bring fundamental improvements to forest and land management in Indonesia. In mid-2011, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to sign a Presidential Decree for the implementation of a two-year moratorium on issuing new permits for conversion of natural forest and ...

  • Nature vs. nurture in forest recovery

    Amidst criticism and applause from environmentalists and experts, a programme is emerging in Germany to expand the total area covered by forests -- to as much as five percent of national territory. The debate centres on just how much human intervention there should be. The programme of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (known as BfN for the agency"s original name) has a goal for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Forest rehabilitation: benefits for carbon and biodiversity banking

    According to researchers, opportunities for carbon sequestration and benefits for biodiversity offered by forest rehabilitation schemes mean they should be given greater value as a tool for carbon offsetting. A new study demonstrates the value of forest rehabilitation for rainforest birds. Globally, 7 million hectares of monoculture forest are planted each year, but 13 million hectares of ...

  • Tannins` Surprising Benefits for Soils, Forests and Farms

    The tannins that help make good red wine and bright fall colors also may help make good soil and healthy livestock, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. Chemist Javier Gonzalez and soil scientist Jonathan Halvorson, both at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center (AFSRC) in Beaver, W.Va., are leading a tannin research project ...

  • Greenhouse Gases Rise From Forests Damaged by Katrina

    Losses inflicted by Hurricane Katrina on Gulf Coast forest trees are great enough to cancel out a year's worth of new tree growth in other parts of the country, according to a new study led by biologist Jeffrey Chambers of Tulane University. 'The carbon that will be released as these trees decompose is enough to cancel out an entire year's worth of net gain by all U.S. forests. And this is only ...

  • Boreal forest, polar bears victims in global warming

    (AXcess News) Washington - Rising temperatures caused by human activities are affecting the boreal forest in Alaska, one of the prime regulators of greenhouse gases, according to a new study. The change in climate is not only affecting the arctic and diminishing the population of polar bears but is also destroying the boreal - or far northern - forest, explained the Arctic Climate Impact ...


    By Axcess News

  • The high price of planting palm oil forests

    New data shows that massive amounts of carbon dioxide are being released from tropical Southeast Asian peatland after the conversion of natural swamp forest to oil palm or pulpwood tree plantations. The findings are in accordance with other recent reports on the growing negative environmental impacts of planting palm oil and pulpwood forests. Natural peatland accumulates huge stores of carbon ...

  • Slash-and-burn `improves tropical forest biodiversity`

    Slash-and-burn agricultural practices, banned by governments because of the risk of uncontrolled fires, provide better growing conditions for valuable new trees than more modern methods of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Cathay Forest Provides Fourth Default Status Report

    TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/28/11 -- Cathay Forest Products Corp. (TSX VENTURE: CFZ) ("Cathay Forest" or the "Company") provides this bi-weekly Default Status Report in accordance with National Policy 12-203 - Cease Trade Order for Continuous Disclosure Defaults ("NP 12-203"). On December 1, 2010 the Company announced that it was not able to timely file its interim financial ...


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