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Tropical forest canopies get hotter than expected, putting wildlife at risk

New research finds that the canopies of tropical forests get significantly hotter than the surrounding air.

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Climate change may turn Amazon peatlands from carbon sinks to sources

Because they basically consist of lots and lots of plant matter, peatlands sequester lots and lots of carbon. So much so that scientists regard peatlands as one of the most efficient natural carbon sinks on the planet.

Biodiversity

2700 scientists issue call to action on border wall wildlife threat

A recently published study finds that more than 1,500 species stand to be affected by the completion of a border wall along the U.S. – Mexico border.

Biodiversity

Study finds elephants plant trees, play big role in forest structure

Elephants play a disproportionally large role in spreading the seeds of a particular tree in Thailand, according to a recent study. Its findings indicate that a forest's composition is likely to change as certain kinds of animals disappear.

Climate

Salamanders have ‘tricks up their sleeves’ for weathering climate change

A new study reveals Appalachian salamanders may be better able to acclimate to warmer, drier conditions than previously believed.

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Toxics

Global frog pandemic may become even deadlier as strains combine

A fungus that has decimated frog populations around the world could get even deadlier, according to new research.

Climate

Study links malaria to deforestation in the Amazon

To keep malaria from becoming an even bigger threat, the authors call for better monitoring of mosquito populations, land planning, and income generation schemes for forest-dwelling communities.

Climate

New study finds mangroves may store way more carbon than we thought

Mangroves provide a slew of benefits in addition to storing carbon, reducing flooding and erosion from storms, acting as nurseries for fish, and filtering pollutants from water.

Climate

Global warming may poison monarch butterflies, study finds

A new study finds global warming may be making the very plant monarch butterflies need to survive too toxic even for them.

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‘We need to act’: Scientists urge prioritization of intact forests

A new study in Nature describes how intact forests are critically important for mitigating climate change, maintaining water supplies, safeguarding biodiversity and even protecting human health.

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Justice

More murders: Conservationists allegedly killed by soldiers in Cambodia

Those killed were a conservation worker, a military policy officer and a forest protection ranger, reportedly because they had seized equipment from illegal loggers.

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680000 acres of Amazon rainforest may be lost to Peru’s new roads

Late last year, the Peruvian government gave the go-ahead for the construction of new roads along its border with Brazil in the Ucayali and Madre de Dios regions. The main road would span 172 miles, connecting the towns of Puerto Esperanza and Iñapari. But such development has a cost.

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Study reveals forests have yet another climate-protection superpower

As big carbon storehouses, forests have the power to influence the climate. So much so that the protection and expansion of forests is a key part of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of global warming.

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Fighting climate change with bioenergy may do ‘more harm than good’

As nations try to stem emissions to keep the world from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius in line with their commitments towards the Paris Accord, replacing fossil fuels with renewable alternatives is widely seen as a big step in the right direction.

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Tropical deforestation is getting bigger, study finds

As nations race to keep forests standing and the world from warming, scientists are trying to figure out what human activities are causing deforestation and how best to stop them.

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