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Mongabay -7 days ago

Palm oil, logging firms the usual suspects as Indonesia fires flare anew

JAKARTA — Oil palm and logging companies in Indonesia have come into public glare once again as another season of forest fires flares up in Sumatra. Hotspots have been detected in 12 concessions in Sumatra’s Riau province, a perennial tinderbox where huge swaths of the land have been carved up for palm estates and logging […]

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The Guardian -2 days ago

Country diary: grafting to make new cider-apple trees

Marshwood Vale, Dorset: These saplings will help improve the landscape near the line of pylons that stalk the areaWe are in a barn, harnessing the strength of spring to make new apple trees. Smooth, supple twigs – scions – lie before us in labelled bundles. Hairy bunches of rootstock wait in a b...

Mongabay -2 days ago

New ancient, giant carnivore described from bones in museum drawer

For a long time, some of the fossil remains that had been excavated from a site in western Kenya in the late 1970s languished in a drawer at Nairobi National Museum, unidentified. Now, by examining and piecing together the teeth, parts of a jaw, skull and skeleton, researchers have described a new s...

Mongabay -2 days ago

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, April 18, 2019

Tropical forests The American Museum of Natural History has withdrawn its hosting of an event by a lobby group honoring Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has moved to marginalize native peoples and develop the Amazon, as its “person of the year” (BBC). The news that Bolsonaro would be hono...

Mongabay -2 days ago

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, April 19, 2019

Tropical forests The American Museum of Natural History has withdrawn its hosting of an event by a lobby group honoring Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has moved to marginalize native peoples and develop the Amazon, as its “person of the year” (BBC). The news that Bolsonaro would be hono...

GFW -2 days ago

Protegiendo los bosques ancestrales del Paraguay con nuevas tecnologías

Este es el Gran Chaco. Una amplia extensión de bosque seco, cactus y sabanas de palmera; un tramo del Paraguay rural que se considera lejos de todo.A pesar de su lejanía y su baja población, el Chaco es tanto el hogar como la fuente de sustento de quienes viven allí. Pero en los últimos 20 año...

Mongabay -2 days ago

Singapore acquits trader in world’s biggest rosewood bust, worth $50m

Singapore’s highest court has acquitted a businessman who brought Malagasy rosewood valued at $50 million into the city-state. The verdict on April 8 reversed the ruling of a lower court that had sentenced him to jail time and imposed $1 million in fines for importing protected wildlife. In 2014 S...

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Forests and Climate Change

Elsevier -18 hours ago

Quantifying wind damage associated with variable retention harvesting in coastal British Columbia

Publication date: 1 July 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 443Author(s): W.J. Beese, T.P. Rollerson, C.M. PetersAbstractConservation of biological diversity is a key criterion in all sustainable forest management certification schemes. A common strategy for maintaining stand-level diversity after forest harvesting on the coast of British Columbia is variable retention. This approac...

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Climate Change Adaptation

Elsevier -5 days ago

Genetic diversity and differentiation among provenances of Prosopis flexuosa DC (Leguminosae) in a progeny trial: Implications for arid land restoration

Publication date: 1 July 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 443Author(s): C. Bessega, M. Cony, B.O. Saidman, R. Aguiló, P. Villagra, J.A. Alvarez, C. Pometti, J.C. VilardiAbstractEcosystem restoration has gained increasing interest to mitigate the effects of climate change, loss of biodiversity and desertification. Since the genetic composition of the reproductive material to reveg...

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Ecological and Habitat Restoration

CIFOR -4 days ago

Adapting land restoration to a changing climate: Embracing the knowns and unknowns

Key messages Land restoration will happen under climate change and different knowledge systems are needed to navigate uncertainties and plan... The post Adapting land restoration to a changing climate: Embracing the knowns and unknowns appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

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Forests & SDGs

IISD -3 days ago

Forest and Farm Facility Launches Partnership in Togo in Support of SDGs

The FFF aims to improve the livelihoods of rural people by working with forest and farm producer organizations to increase their technical and commercial capacities to tackle climate change and improve food security. The second phase of FFF aims to help deliver the SDGs....

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reThinkWood

USFS -1 week ago

Moisture monitoring and modeling of mass-timber building systems

The use of mass timber structural products in tall building applications (6–20 stories) is becoming more common around the world including North America. A potential concern is the environmental wetting of mass timber products during construction because such products may dry out more slowly than light-frame structural lumber, and wood, as an organic material, is susceptible to deterioration at ...

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Wildfires

timberbiz -4 days ago

Possum pal for Forestry NSW

A dazed juvenile brushtail possum rescued by Forestry Corporation of NSW staff has given a cheeky wave of thanks after a recent fire on Perricoota State Forest. The photo was taken by Forestry Corporation staff Jean Dind of colleague Phil Murphy relocating the possum while they were firefighting. Source: Timberbiz “The possum appeared to have been affected by smoke and fell out of its tree in ...

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Wetlands

Hindawi Publishing Corporation -17 hours ago

Height-Diameter Allometry for Tree Species in Tanzania Mainland

Total tree height (H) and diameter at beast height (D) are important independent variables in predicting volume, biomass, and other forest stand attributes. However, unlike D measurement, which is easy to measure with high accuracy, H measurement is laborious. This study, therefore, developed H-D relationships for ten different forest types in Tanzania Mainland. Extents in which climate and forest...

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Forest & Food Security

IISD -3 days ago

Forest and Farm Facility Launches Partnership in Togo in Support of SDGs

The FFF aims to improve the livelihoods of rural people by working with forest and farm producer organizations to increase their technical and commercial capacities to tackle climate change and improve food security. The second phase of FFF aims to help deliver the SDGs....

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Forests & Invasive Pests, Plants, & Diseases

Elsevier -18 hours ago

Biological control of Gonipterus: Uncovering the associations between eucalypts, weevils and parasitoids in their native range

Publication date: 1 July 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 443Author(s): André Garcia, Geoff R. Allen, Rolf G. Oberprieler, Ana Paula Ramos, Carlos Valente, Ana Reis, José Carlos Franco, Manuela BrancoAbstractThe study was initiated by the relative failure of the parasitoid Anaphes nitens in controlling the eucalypt weevil Gonipterus platensis on the Iberian Peninsula. Our aim wa...

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