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

Tags: chimpanzees rainforests tropical-forests seed-dispersal wild-chimpanzees africa-rainforest congo-basin

We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe 'heat threshold'

Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.

Martin Sullivan, Lecturer in Statistical Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions amazon rainforest global-warming rainforests amazonia

Dung beetles help rainforests regrow – but extreme drought and wildfires in the Amazon are killing them off

A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.

Joice Ferreira, Researcher in Ecology, Federal University of Pará • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  climate-change  brazil  rainforests  drought  deforestation  el-nino  amazon-forest  dung-beetles  reforestation  tropical-deforestation  amazon-fires

We tracked 300,000 trees only to find that rainforests are losing their power to help humanity

Scientists behind a major new study explain how they discovered these forests are becoming less able to sequester carbon.

Simon Lewis, Professor of Global Change Science at University of Leeds and, UCL • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  rainforests  scientists-at-work  carbon-sinks  congo  tropical-forests

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