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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
The historic end of civil war in Colombia has had unforeseen consequences for the country’s natural environment, particularly the Amazon rainforest
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

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