Tag Archives: Deforestation

Why tackling deforestation is so important for slowing climate change

Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock Tom Pugh, Lund University Humanity injects an almost incomprehensible 42 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) into the atmosphere every year. The majority of this comes from burning fossil fuels, but a substantial portion, about 16%, arises from how we use the land. Most of these land-use emissions are caused by deforestation, particularly in the tropics. In order …

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African tropical mountain forests store far more carbon than previously thought – new research

Mountain forests are significant carbon stores. Heibe/Pixabay Aida Cuní Sanchez, University of York; Martin Sullivan, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Phil Platts, University of York Tropical forests are well known for being the “lungs” of our planet. Through photosynthesis, the trees in these forests produce oxygen and remove enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate global warming. …

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How palm oil became the world’s most hated, most used fat source

Oil palm fruit in North Aceh, Indonesia. Fachrul Reza / Barcroft Media via Getty Images Jonathan E. Robins, Michigan Technological University Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink. It’s been called the world’s most hated crop because of its association with deforestation in Southeast Asia. But despite boycott campaigns, the world uses more palm oil …

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Bonnes feuilles : « Vivre avec les forêts tropicales »

Les forêts tropicales sont apparues il y a près de 390 millions d’années. Cirad Plinio Sist, Cirad Nous vous proposons de découvrir le premier chapitre de l’ouvrage collectif (sous la direction de Plinio Sist) publié par le Cirad aux éditions Museo, « Vivre avec les forêts tropicales », qui paraît ce jeudi 10 juin 2021. L’originalité de ce travail consiste à se focaliser …

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Regrowing a tropical forest – is it better to plant trees or leave it to nature?

Thammanoon Khamchalee / shutterstock David Burslem, University of Aberdeen; Christopher Philipson, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and Mark Cutler, University of Dundee The destruction of tropical forest is a major contributor to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. In response, conservationists and scientists like us are debating how to best catalyse recovery of these forests. How do you take …

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لماذا تؤدي إزالة الغابات إلى زيادة احتمالية تفشِّي الأوبئة؟

يُكثِّف الباحثون جهودهم من أجل الوقوف على طبيعة العلاقة بين التنوع البيولوجي، والأمراض الناشئة، والبحث في كيفية الاستفادة من تلك المعلومات في التنبُّؤ بتفشِّي الأوبئة المستقبلية، وسبل منْع تفشي الأوبئة. جيف توليفسون Nature (2020) doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02341-1 English article يقول الخبراء إنَّ الحدّ من إزالة الغابات (موضَّحة في الصورة، الملتقَطة من غابةٍ مدارية مطيرة بحوض الكونغو) يمكن أن يقلل من احتمال ظهور جوائح …

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Video: Slowing deforestation is the key to preventing the next pandemic – but what does that cost?

Reducing deforestation of tropical forests and supporting the communities that live there can reduce the risk of future pandemics. AFP via Getty Images

Reducing deforestation of tropical forests and supporting the communities that live there can reduce the risk of future pandemics. AFP via Getty Images Les Kaufman, Boston University In a recent journal article, a team of biologists, medical scientists, environmental scientists and conservationists proposed a number of measures to reduce the likelihood of future pandemics, many of which originate with wild …

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