Common trees absorb less carbon as temps rise

"More warming for trees could mean more stress, more tree death, and less capacity to slow global warming..."

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change trees forests temperature earth-and-environment north-america

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity

Swaying trees could power new forest fire alarm

"The self-powered sensing system could continuously monitor the fire and environmental conditions without requiring maintenance after deployment."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity trees fires forests sensors earth-and-environment

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years

New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.

Isla Myers-Smith, Chancellor's Fellow in Global Change Ecology, University of Edinburgh • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity trees forests wildlife deforestation forest-cover woodland forest-loss

The worst time for a pandemic – how coronavirus and seasonal floods are causing hunger in the remote Amazon

Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.

Patricia Carignano Torres, Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Security and Conservation, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus brazil forests lockdown amazonia wild-food remote-regions

The worst time for a pandemic – how COVID-19 and seasonal floods are causing hunger in the remote Amazon

Local people are caught in an impossible situation – stay home and starve or venture out to buy food, potentially bringing the virus home too.

Patricia Carignano Torres, Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Security and Conservation, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus brazil forests lockdown amazonia wild-food remote-regions

How destroying wildlife habitats boosts COVID-19

When human activity destroys wildlife habitats, it can lead to new animal-to-human transmitted diseases like COVID-19. Conservation efforts can help.

Emma Gosalvez-NC State • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: conservation covid-19 forests earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Old trees play big role in rainforest carbon storage

“People have been arguing about whether these long-lived pioneers contribute much to carbon storage... We were surprised to find that they do."

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: carbon trees forests rainforests earth-and-environment

Forest loss makes diseases like COVID-19 more likely

Forest loss ups the chance for human-primate interactions, researchers say. The contact could kickstart the spread of a global pandemic like COVID-19.

Stanford • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 primates forests viruses earth-and-environment health-and-medicine pandemics

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