Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?

The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.

Tom Pugh, Reader in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Chimpanzees once helped African rainforests recover from a major collapse

But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities.

Alex Chepstow-Lusty, Associate Researcher, Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Pandemic fight costs 500X more than preventing one

The cost of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is around 500 times greater than what it would take to prevent pandemics by protecting tropical forests.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Governments could stop future pandemics via conservation

By curtailing deforestation and wildlife trafficking across the globe, governments could help prevent the rise of the next worldwide pandemic.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Video: Slowing deforestation is the key to preventing the next pandemic – but what does that cost?

A new study estimates that $22 billion to $30 billion dollars per year needs to be spent to maintain forests and reduce the likelihood of a pathogen jumping from wildlife to humans.

Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology, Boston University, Boston University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~9 min

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Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil – new findings

The coconut – an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls – causes more environmental harm than many people realise.

Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor of Conservation, University of Kent • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Gold mining leaves deforested Amazon land barren for years, find scientists

Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned. 

David Galbraith, Associate Professor in Earth System Dynamics, University of Leeds • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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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

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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

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