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The Guardian -6 days ago

Forest twice size of UK destroyed in decade for big consumer brands – report

Greenpeace estimates 50m hectares cleared by 2020, warning companies must evolve to prevent ‘climate breakdown’An area twice the size of the UK has been destroyed for products such as palm oil and soy over the last decade, according to analysis by Greenpeace International.In 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum, including some of the world’s biggest consumer brands, pledged to eliminate deforestation by 2020, through the sustainable sourcing of four commodities most linked to forest destruction: soya, palm oil, paper and pulp, and cattle. Continue reading...

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Mongabay -10 hours ago

Nearly 600 plant species have gone extinct in last 250 years

When plants slide into extinction, they rarely make news. But more species of plants have disappeared from our planet than previously thought, a recent study has found. Since botanist Carl Linnaeus published Species Plantarum, a compendium of every known plant until 1753, at least 571 species of se...

What Wood -yesterday

May 2019 was a record month for Lesosibirsky LDK №1 for the main production indicators for the last three years

More than 76 thousand cubic meters of roundwood were used for sawmill production, which is 20% more than in May 2016.  The best indicators were also the volume of drying and shipment of finished products – more than 39 thousand cubic meters of lumber, which is 50% higher than the same m/m over th...

What Wood -2 days ago

Pavlovsky woodworking plant: “The main task is to stimulate the Russian furniture and construction market to produce products from domestic raw materials»

On June 25, 2019, the grand opening of Pavlovsky woodworking plant (Pavlovsky DOK) will take place. This is one of the largest plants in Siberia and the Far East for processing low-grade wood into products in demand on the market – MDF and HDF. The combine is included into group of the enterprises...

The Guardian -2 days ago

Australia's oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency | Jeff Sparrow

They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider the creatures that outlive usWilbur the tortoise has, in all probability, lived more than a hundred years.“From his size and weight and general health,...

Mongabay -3 days ago

Exotic pet trade responsible for hundreds of invasive species around the globe

Last April, a male Burmese python led researchers at the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades straight to a 17-foot female that was carrying 73 developing eggs. The researchers had outfitted the male python with a radio transmitter, then let nature take its course. The male, of co...

Mongabay -3 days ago

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, June 14, 2019

Tropical forests A new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo aims to use degraded land to grow biomass that will then power towns and villages (CIFOR Forests News). Companies in Europe need to do more to end deforestation, says a sustainable trade initiative (Bloomberg). A commentator cautions...

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Forests and Climate Change

Springer -2 days ago

Fine-scale habitat differentiation shapes the composition, structure and aboveground biomass but not species richness of a tropical Atlantic forest

Abstract Evaluating the influences of fine-scale habitat heterogeneity on the composition, diversity, structure and functioning of forests is critical to understand how tropical forests will respond to climate change and devise forest management strategies that will enhance biodiversity conservation and aboveground biomass stock. Here, we hypothesized that topographic and soil fa...

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Climate Change Adaptation

Elsevier -5 days ago

Microclimate edge effect in small fragments of temperate forests in the context of climate change

Publication date: 15 September 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 448Author(s): Jeňýk Hofmeister, Jan Hošek, Marek Brabec, Radomíra Střalková, Pavla Mýlová, Martin Bouda, Joseph L. Pettit, Miloš Rydval, Miroslav SvobodaAbstractA long-distance edge effect influences structure of species-rich plant communities in temperate forest fragments surrounded by an agricultural landsc...

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Ecological and Habitat Restoration

Elsevier -2 days ago

A forestry-based PES mechanism for enhancing the sustainability of Chilika Lake through reduced siltation loading

Publication date: September 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 106Author(s): Ram RanjanAbstractLakes provide significant ecological and economic benefits to society. However, they are prone to over-exploitation and degradation. In this paper, we address the challenge of protecting Chilika Lake in India from heavy siltation caused by land degradation in its catchment areas. Community l...

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Forests & SDGs

CBD -5 days ago

Business as Usual Will Not Save the Planet

The United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) were explicitly designed to engage the private sector in addressing the world's most pressing challenges....

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timberbiz -5 days ago

Electronic tags to track timber

The advantages of prefabricated timber systems in construction are being given a boost by researchers trialling Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking technology to improve on-site processes.  The latest podcast episode of WoodChat focuses on research funded by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), which has been testing the value proposition associated with attaching small, compute...

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Wildfires

World Bank -7 days ago

Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Forest Fires and Identifying Options for Resilience

Program Summary The development objective of this activity is to increase knowledge and awareness about the impacts of forest fires in a changing climate and identify effective response strategies and actions to build the resilience of forests and communities. Challenge ...

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Wetlands

timberbiz -1 month ago

Victorian RFAs not up to scratch says consultation paper

Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) have not met the timber industry’s expectations but must include the likely impact of climate change and threats to endangered species, according to a report on the RFA process. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The Victorian RFAs have not achieved long-term stability of supply for the timber industry,” said Dr Bill Jackson in his consultatio...

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Forest & Food Security

Global Forest Coalition -4 weeks ago

Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health: community conservation in Sri Lanka

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity, and the theme this year is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. Unfortunately, many biodiversity conservation schemes globally see communities as part of the problem and actively seek to exclude them from protected areas, which seriously harms their food security and access to traditional health care. We believe in a rights-base...

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Forests & Invasive Pests, Plants, & Diseases

Mongabay -3 days ago

Exotic pet trade responsible for hundreds of invasive species around the globe

Last April, a male Burmese python led researchers at the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades straight to a 17-foot female that was carrying 73 developing eggs. The researchers had outfitted the male python with a radio transmitter, then let nature take its course. The male, of course, was on the hunt for […]...

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