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

Tags: climate-change trees forests deforestation reforestation tree-planting carbon-cycle natural-climate-solutions

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

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

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