Illegal logging is destroying ecologically important forests around the worl. Much of the timber is being used to produce expensive furniture and flooring.
Orangutans and other rare species on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo are endanagered, in large part due to commercial plam oil cultivation. In the last decade alone, orangutan populations have declined by 50 percent as the result of habitat loss and smoke-related deaths.
Rutgers University researchers recommend releasing captive populations of Borneo orangutans back into their natural habitats. Doing so could help the endangered animals rebound.
Brazilian authorities regularly publish "blacklists," where they name and shame communities responsible for illegal deforestation. This strategy has increased law enforcement and decreased tree loss experienced in Amazon forests.
After years of misidentifying Helmeted Woodpeckers, scientists from the University of Kansas have found that the bird has evolved with characteristics of larger competing birds in the Atlantic forest.
The Tarim basin in China is a very dry region, home to rare trees and cotton farms that produce 40 percent of the nation's crop. However, this areas is facing significant ecological problems. Researchers suggest a series of recommendations in order to preserve this unique desert.
A species of wood ants observed in the North York Moors National Park, UK, are thriving in forests where non-native trees have been planted over the past 60 years. This suggests that we could help forest-dependent species rebuild their homes.
Land-sharing was found to be counterproductive for retaining biodiversity. A recent study suggests that leaving some land completely untouched, while increasing farming practice solely in other areas, will benefit the evolutionary diversity of bird species.
A team of researchers recently mapped tree populations, finding that about 3.04 trillion trees live on our planet.
Chimpanzees studied along Uganda's western border seem to be thriving despite the forest's escalating demise.
Tropical forests in the Amazon, home to roughly 2,000 species of plants, birds, beetles, ants and bees are being invaded by human activities such as logging. Researchers have found that habitats can be conserved by a wide network of forest areas.
It seems backwards, but tigers and other endangered species could be saved by higher palm oil prices, according to new research.
Savannahs, though they are not jam-packed with carbon-absorbing trees, nonetheless help to slow down climate change, according to a new study.
It has been said that our lofty goal of preventing the world from warming an additional 2 degrees Celsius is utterly inadequate. After all, research has already shown that means to keep to this two-degree limit are slipping away. And yet, despite all the speculation, one new study says that it is even possible to limit future warming to a more ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees C by 2100.
Imagine, each year, an army of drones take to the air and head off for a tireless workday of planting trees in some of the Earth's most heavily deforested regions. Like an overnight miracle, one billion new saplings could be sprouting from the ground each year, helping mitigate the rampant tree loss that is harming our world. Now a retired NASA expert wants to make this dream a reality with his drone-powered startup company.