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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

A billion for Brazil

The Norwegian government is set to complete the transfer of US$1billion to Brazil’s Amazon Fund, in recognition of the South American country’s efforts to tackle deforestation

Damaging droughts

Drought is having a much more detrimental impact on forest recovery than previously believed, with many trees taking up to four years to return to pre-drought levels of growth

Tackling US wildfires

What can be done to control the wildfire risk in the US?

Destructive dams

They may enjoy a clean, green reputation, but the environmental impact of dams built for hydroelectric energy appears far worse than first believed

Taking root

Deforested for years, the Swat district in Pakistan wants to plant one billion trees
A loophole in Brazil’s cattle ranch regulations threatens to undermine recent successes at curbing the beef industry’s impact on deforestation
Sri Lanka is becoming the world’s first country to protect the entirety of its mangrove forests, amid a major community development and conservation project

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