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A booming global demand for rubber is leading to mass deforestation in southeast Asia, as land is cleared for monoculture rubber plantations

Giants fall

Nearly a century ago, Albert Wieslander mapped out vegetation and forest resources across California. Now a study has revealed how the state’s forests have changed for the worse since that initial survey took place
One hundred saplings from one hundred of the world’s tallest trees have been planted in Cornwall as part of a climate project to add more longevity to our greenery

Keeping yew safe

Saplings from the yew tree claimed to have been on the site of the signing of the Magna Carta are being grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in a bid to preserve the tree for thousands of years
As the UK gets ready to eat millions of chocolate eggs made with palm oil, Geographical explores the global implications of our dependence on this controversial ingredient
The Amazon rainforest is unable to store any further carbon dioxide, as faster growing trees are dying younger
A Kickstarter campaign aims to map Greece’s threatened olive groves

Indonesia’s fire fight

Indonesia’s Riau province faced a health crisis this year with 50,000 people laid low with respiratory illnesses due to forest fire haze, according to the country’s disaster management authorities
When deforestation occurs in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, the effects on crop production will be felt in areas as far away as the US Midwest, Europe and China, according to a new study published in Nature

Ed Davey versus America

50,000 Americans have petitioned Ed Davey to end the UK’s programme for wood pellet power generation
The ever-growing international trade in beef, soy, palm oil and wood products has been found as one of the key drivers of worldwide deforestation
A map detailing carbon stocks across Peru has been launched after a collaboration between the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO), the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and Wake Forest University
Large-scale surface melting of Greenland ice in 1889 and 2012 caused by combination of rising temperatures and Northern Hemisphere forest fire ash, not warming alone
Over the past 30 years, wildfires across the western USA have been getting bigger and more frequent, according to new research

Fruits of the forest

Once a hotbed of political unrest, southern Kyrgyzstan is now home to an innovative ecotourism initiative based around its walnut forests

Defenders of the forest

Threats to Cambodia’s remote Cardamom forests, which offer a last refuge to numerous endangered species, have led to the formation of an unusual alliance
An international team of scientists has developed a map that identifies the areas in tropical Africa where carbon-stocking projects would provide the greatest benefits
Adding calcium to the soil can help to reverse the decades-long decline of forests damaged by acid rain, according to a paper published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters

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