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February 21, 2012
UN recognizes US Girl Scouts for palm oil effort
United Nations (AFP) Feb 9, 2012
The United Nations Thursday recognized two US teens as International Forest Heroes for their efforts to cut the use of Southeast Asia palm oil, production of which is linked to rainforest destruction. The two 16-year-old Girl Scouts from Michigan, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, who shared the award with four others from different nations, were recognized for campaigning to get Southeast Asian palm oil out of Girl Scout cookies. They were among 15 finalists from 14 countries nominated for ... read more

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Temperate Freshwater Wetlands Are 'Forgotten' Carbon Sinks
A new study comparing the carbon-holding power of freshwater wetlands has produced measurements suggesting that wetlands in temperate regions are more valuable as carbon sinks than current policies ... more
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Living on the edge: An innovative model of mangrove-hammock boundaries in Florida
The key to understanding how future hurricanes and sea level rise may trigger changes to South Florida's native coastal forests lurks below the surface, according to a new model linking coastal fore ... more
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Restored wetlands rarely equal condition of original wetlands
Wetland restoration is a billion-dollar-a-year industry in the United States that aims to create ecosystems similar to those that disappeared over the past century. But a new analysis of restoration ... more
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$1.6 million fine for cutting down trees
A Florida couple was fined $1.6 million for cutting down mangrove trees on their property without proper state and city permits. ... more
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Rate of tropical timber harvest a concern
Timber production in the world's tropical countries is exceeding the forests' ability to replace the felled trees, an Australian report says. ... more
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Greeks fell trees for warmth amid economic chill
Rising oil prices and chilly economic times are prompting increasing numbers of Greeks to chop down trees for winter warmth, a group of forest engineers warned Tuesday. ... more
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Team finds natural reasons behind nitrogen-rich forests
Many tropical forests are extremely rich in nitrogen even when there are no farms or industries nearby, says Montana State University researcher Jack Brookshire. It's because of biological int ... more
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Indonesia pledges to conserve half of Borneo region
Indonesia's forestry ministry said Thursday it would conserve nearly half its share of Borneo island, which is covered with dense rainforest, so as to meet a presidential pledge to reduce gas emissions. ... more
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Amazon Basin shifting to carbon emitter: study
The Amazon Basin, traditionally considered a bulwark against global warming, may be becoming a net contributor of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a result of deforestation, researchers said on Wednesday. ... more
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New study evaluates impact of land use activity in the Amazon basin
A new paper published in Nature reveals that human land use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles - the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpir ... more
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Brazil says no evidence loggers burned indigenous girl
Authorities said Tuesday they found no evidence to substantiate charges that an indigenous girl was burned alive after loggers invaded the territory of her isolated tribe in Brazil's north. ... more
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African rainforests said to be resilient
Tropical forests in Africa may be more resilient to future climate change than the Amazon and other regions, scientists at a conference in Britain heard. ... more
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Guyana, Germany ink deal to protect Amazon
Guyana inked a 5-million-euro ($6.5-million) deal Thursday with Germany to help the South American country develop and sustain biodiversity in several Amazon protected areas. ... more
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In Romania, a pledge to shield bastion of Europe's forests
On the steep, dark slopes of the Carpathian mountains, 300-year-old beech trees scrape the sky in one of Europe's last remaining virgin forests, spared from any human intervention for centuries. ... more
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The case of the dying aspens
Over the past 10 years, the death of forest trees due to drought and increased temperatures has been documented on all continents except Antarctica. This can in turn drive global warming by reducing ... more
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Climate change blamed for dead trees in Africa
Trees are dying in the Sahel, a region in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, and human-caused climate change is to blame, according to a new study led by a scientist at the University of California, ... more
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Little headway in Durban on deforestation: experts
The UN's Durban conference on climate change failed to make enough headway in efforts to curb deforestation, experts warned, saying forest preservation plays a central role in the global warming debate. ... more
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Ecologists fume as Brazil Senate OKs forestry reform
The Brazilian Senate has passed a forestry reform bill which is backed by the country's powerful agribusiness sector but opposed by environmentalists who see it as a threat to preservation of the Amazon. ... more
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Brazil cracks down on illegal logging in Amazon
Brazilian authorities on Thursday wrapped up a major operation against illegal logging in the Amazon, seizing thousands of tons of precious timber amid growing frictions over land conflicts in the region. ... more
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Palm planters blamed for Borneo monkey's decline
Expanding palm-oil plantations in Malaysian Borneo are rapidly eating into the habitat of the rare proboscis monkey and causing its numbers to decline sharply, officials warned Wednesday. ... more
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Madagascar fishermen protect mangroves to save jobs
Mangroves spread over thousands of hectares of Madagascar's west coast, rich with fish and crabs, but fishermen have declared some areas off limits, seeking to ensure future catches. ... more
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Brazil says Amazon deforestation down to lowest level
Brazil said Monday that the pace of deforestation in its Amazon region fell to its lowest level since authorities began monitoring the world's largest tropical rainforest. ... more
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Mozambique's new forests may not be as green as they seem
Foreign companies are spending billions of dollars to plant forests in Mozambique, but conservationists fear the investments aren't as good for the environment as they might initially seem. ... more
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Walnut trees may not be able to withstand climate change
by Brian Wallheimer for Purdue University Warmer, drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome - possibly fatal - for walnut t ... more
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