FORESTS

HSBC has requested a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil investigation into one of its own clients, Noble Plantations
The EU has asked the European court to authorise an immediate ban on logging in one of Europe’s last primeval forests, Białowieża, in Poland
Was last year’s El Niño a practice run for future climate change? In part three of a blog series for Geographical, Laura Cole shadows the University of Oxford’s Global Ecosystem Monitoring Network and its work to discover the impact of…
The first count of global tree species reveals how many are in existence... and how many are threatened

REDD+ or Dead?

The UN-backed REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) scheme, under which developing nations would be paid not to cut down trees, is being hailed as the saviour of the world’s forests. But is it too focused on quantity…
Was last year’s El Niño a practice run for future climate change? In this introduction to an upcoming series of online blogs for Geographical, Laura Cole shadows the University of Oxford’s Global Ecosystem Monitoring Network and its work to discover…
Geographical’s regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at deforestation
What was once one of Botswana’s most iconic pieces of natural scenery has fallen, but is the legend really dead? David Clement-Davies looks at the tree’s history and the landscape’s future
The world’s largest tropical peatland carbon store has been mapped for the first time and it is 16 times bigger than expected
The world’s first comprehensive report on plant species finds over one fifth at risk of extinction

Measuring wildfires

Despite popular opinion, global wildfires are becoming less, not more, frequent, albeit with some major regional exceptions
While new research shows China’s forests are in recovery, are neighbouring countries suffering as a result?
Government logging in Poland’s primeval Białowieża Forest draws fresh criticism from scientists
The Fort McMurray fire has released millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere and destroyed natural habitats. Scientists fear it may have caused long-term damage to the surrounding boreal ecosystem
An innovative conservation project in Borneo rewards local communities with discounted medical care in return for protecting threatened tropical forests

Protecting the corridor

National Park status has been granted to a new Peruvian national park, Sierra del Divisor, the final piece in a chain of protected Amazonian rainforest
Marco Magrini reports for Geographical on daily events at the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris
Extreme forest and peat burning in Indonesia has released over three times the annual fossil fuel emissions of the United Kingdom

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