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Rethinking old-growth forests using lichens as an indicator of conservation value
Two Canadian biologists are proposing a better way to assess the conservation value of old-growth forests in North America — using lichens, sensitive bioindicators of environmental change.
Do Hezar and Se Hezar Forests boast pristine landscape
Located in Beles Kuh Protected Area, Do Hezar and Se Hezar Forests are known for their pristine forestation and unique landscapes.
Analysis suggests: Massive restoration of forests would cancel out a decade of CO2 emissions
Replenishing the world’s forests on a grand scale would suck enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to cancel out a decade of human emissions, according to an ambitious new study.
Kelp forests more influenced by frequency of natural disturbances, not severity
Giant kelp forests — those ethereal, swaying columns of seaweed found in the intermediate to deep water zones of cooler coasts along the Pacific Ocean and Southern Hemisphere — provide habitat for a variety of species that spend their lives in kelp's canopies or at the rocky bottoms.
Forests must be preserved to meet climate change targets
Sucking carbon from the atmosphere using new technologies will be vital to protect the planet from climate change, but a new study suggests looking after forests is more important.
Beech trees booming as climate changes, and that's bad for forests
Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern US as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists.
Climate change linked to more flowery forests
New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest.
US’ northwest forests will get more, bigger wildfires
As night fell last Monday in the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon slopes burned as if carpet-bombed from above. Winds acted like bellows in a hearth to supercharge the flames spread by embers flying from ridge to ridge. Stands of trees that matured over decades — sometimes centuries — were engulfed within minutes.
Satellites map carbon sequestered by forests
Led by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, the EU North State project has developed a new method of using satellite images to evaluate the forest carbon balance. The carbon balance indicates how much carbon is sequestered or released by forests each year. This enables the carbon balance to be displayed on digital maps, with an accuracy of up to ten meters.
Diverse forests tend to be healthier, more resilient
Previous studies showed more diverse tree stands to be healthier and more productive than monoculture forests, but scientists didn't know why.
Protected forests felled to meet EU renewable targets
Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife.
Brussels hopes licensing system can save Indonesian forests
The European Union has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc.
Senegal's southern forests may disappear by 2018
Senegal's heavily forested southern region of Casamance will have no tree cover left by 2018 if illegal logging driven by Chinese demand is not addressed, a Senegalese ecologist warned.
Carbon capture substantial in secondary tropical forests
One of the most effective methods for capturing carbon from the atmosphere in the tropics of Latin America requires doing very little. In fact, researchers say, just protecting natural forest regrowth can help reduce climate change.
Thousands fighting to put out fire in India forests
India has deployed thousands of people backed by water-carrying helicopters to fight a raging fire in the forests of the northern state of Uttarakhand, which has claimed the lives of seven people so far.

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