New research: building planned dams will significantly and irreversibly damage the environment

New paper in Nature analyses the wide-scale negative impacts of damming rivers in the Amazon basin. The Amazon basin will suffer significant and irreversible environmental damage if hundreds of planned dams are constructed. The hydrophysical and ecological disturbances will impact the Amazon basin’s floodplains, estuary, and sediment plume. The benefits will not...

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Burned Rainforest Vulnerable to Grass Invasion

Rainforests that have been affected by even low-intensity fires are far more vulnerable to invasion by grasses, finds a new study published in special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  This invasion can lead to even more devastating fires. Read more below.   Read more from...

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Experiment Aims to Steep Rainforest in Carbon Dioxide

Scientists, in an effort to determine how rainforests respond to increased CO2 in the atmosphere due to climate change, are conducting an experiment in a patch of the Amazon to see how additional carbon impacts the forest.  Read more below. Read more from Nature Learn more about Forest and Climate...

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Can Saving Forests Help Feed the World?

Mongabay.com is partnering with the Skoll Foundation ahead of the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship to bring a series of perspectives that aim to answer the question: How do we feed the world and still address the drivers of deforestation?  Read more below. Read more from Mongabay  Read more about...

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Borneo’s Forests Face Dire Future from Global Warming

Already wracked by extensive deforestation and forest degradation, the future looks grim for Borneo’s tropical rainforests, reports a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. Combining historical records with field observations and global climate models Tomo’omi Kumagai and Amilcare Porporato of Duke University find that an sharp increase in drought...

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Science on the Impacts of Deforestation and the Effects of Climate Change on Forests

Research published in 2012 provided a better understanding of tropical deforestation’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Two studies — one published in Science and the other published in Nature Climate Change, concluded that while deforestation now accounts for a lower share of global emissions relative to the late 1990s, it still represents roughly 10...

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Terra Preta Found in Asia

Terra Preta, or ‘dark earth,’ is the name for nutrient-poor soil that has been supplemented with manure, charcoal, and animal bones to produce agriculturally rich land. These supplements helped early indigenous people farm land sustainably in the Amazon. To date, terra preta has been known only to be implemented in...

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