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Scientists Reveal Source of Missing Amazon Rainforest Methane Emissions

An international team of scientists has discovered the source of unaccounted for methane emissions originating from Amazonian wetland forests.

Mangroves for the Future, FAO Launch Regional Sustainable Financing Project

With field projects under way in South and Southeast Asia, the MFF-FAO program aims to develop a low-cost mechanism for mangrove conservation and sustainable development to supplement the sale of carbon credits.

Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Study Highlights Threats to Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems – marshes, bogs, swamps, seagrass beds and mangroves among them – provide a wide range of beneficial services that have all too often been unknown to or ignored, including serving as carbon sinks. A ¨blue carbon¨ study by non-profit Restore America’s Estuaries puts numbers on the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in the…

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Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

Mimicking Nature, Suriname Permeable Dam Project Prevents Coastal Erosion

A Suriname university professor and students are building permeable dams along the Surinam coast, reclaiming land and facilitating mangrove reforestation that protects coastal areas and communities from erosion.

The perils of commoditizing nature is evident in the plight of the Rhino

Rhino Horn Economics: The Perils of Commoditizing Nature

A number of market based solutions have been advanced to address dwindling biological diversity and the loss of healthy eco-systems. Efforts to save the rhino serve as a model to explore some of these approaches. Rhinos are one of the largest living land mammals and they symbolize humans’ deleterious impacts on the natural world. Rhinos are being hunted to extinction…

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Dam Projects, Land Speculation Threaten Rise in Amazon Rainforest Loss

Brazil’s Amazon River and rainforest is under siege as large-scale hydroelectric projects and small-scale land speculation portend a sharp rise in deforestation rates and massive environmental degradation.