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The impacts of deforestation are wide ranging. But while some are well-known, a link with malaria is only just coming to light. Could appetites for deforestation-implicated products, such as coffee and timber, be driving malaria risk in vulnerable countries? 
To protect the forests that act as natural carbon reservoirs, researchers need to better understand how individual tree species respond to climate change
Recent research finds that climate change-induced drought is having a noticeable effect on the mortality rates of forests, even more so than recent bush fires
The impact of wildfires on water supplies has received little attention. But with wildfires around the world getting worse, it might be time to pay more attention to how we deal with them
The world’s second largest tropical forest receives significantly less funding than its counterparts in other countries
The lead author of a scientific study, which claimed that planting trees has mind-blowing potential to tackle the climate crisis, reflects on the mixed response to the report
The first payment under the Redd+ scheme to conserve tropical forests has been approved, but issues with the data supplied by participating countries could undermine its potential
Several factors are contributing to extreme deforestation in Haiti, with the poor economic state of the country primary among them
High-quality, affordable drones can revolutionise the way that landscape and vegetation data is collected. This short study shows how the impact of ash die-back disease can be assessed quickly in a small plot of woodland

Essential oil?

Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habitat destruction which follows its production. Does this ubiquitous crop deserve to be treated with such disdain?
The European Court of Justice finds the logging of a primeval forest illegal, raising questions about future forest management
The latest laser scanning technology reveals new insights into the lives of trees both in the UK and overseas
Deforestation is having an unexpected effect in the Amazon: fewer fish
The iconic Douglas fir tree, familiar to fans of the cult TV series Twin Peaks, is under threat from a spreading fungal disease spurred on by a warming climate
Rocky Mountain forests are not regenerating after wildfires
Indigenous conservation schemes in Peru can be more effective than government-controlled efforts when it comes to curbing deforestation
A global, citizen-led carbon sequestration scheme is aiming to combat damaging US climate policies
After an ‘unprecedented’ surge northwards into New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the southern pine beetle is expected to continue expanding its range into large portions of northern US and southern Canadian forests

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