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Forests devastated by pine beetle infestation may not release the huge flux of carbon as once feared

Forest Carbon Release from Pine Beetle Infestation Not as Severe as Expected

As large swaths of western forests in North America succumb to pine beetle infestation, due in part to warming winters, preliminary studies show that the dead, decaying trees are not releasing the huge flux of CO2 previously feared by scientists. According to a study just released in the journal Ecology Letters, despite the billions of trees killed in the pine beetle infestation…

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USDA Reports on Climate Change Effects, Adaptation for Agriculture, Forests

Climate change is expected to have profound, far-reaching effects on U.S. agriculture and forests this century, highlighting a society-wide need to enhance resiliency.

Deforestation is a major contributor to anthropogenic carbon emissions

EarthTalk: Global Warming and Deforestation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?     – Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more…

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Bigger Picture Landscape Approach to Forest-Agriculture Management Gains Credibility

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity is taking note of a first set of “best practice” guidelines for enacting an interdisciplinary, ecosystem-based “Landscape Approach” to forest, agriculture and land use management that takes greater account of human use and community development.

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193 Governments Agree to Boost Funding for Biodiversity Protection

To a man, or government rather, all parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity–developed and developing nations alike–agreed to increase funding for biodiversity protection, a sign that government leaders are increasingly aware of the profound threats the extraordinary loss of plant and animal species that’s taking place poses to human societies and civilization the world over.

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Pioneering REDD+ Project Looks to Pave Sustainable Development Pathway in Peru’s Amazon

Construction of the Southern Transoceanic Highway through the Brazil-Peru Amazon up over the Andes and down to Peru Pacific ports is going to irreversibly change the lives of residents and the Amazon Basin ecosystem. A consortium of environmental and sustainable development groups are employing pioneering Payment for Ecosystem Services mechanisms to avoid massive deforestation and biodiversity loss and environmental degradation that may come with it.

The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Solar Energy Zones; NatGas-bridge fuel or Clean Energy Blockade; Disney Adopts Sustainable Paper, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Obama and Romney have very different approaches to energy and our environment. Obama is a pragmatist and realizes that we have to use all energy sources, especially in the immediate future, Romney literally said he does not care about our environment and…

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