Tag: Forests and Forestry

Fractured Forests Are Endangering Wildlife, Scientists Find

Around the world, humans are fracturing vast forests. Highways snake through the Amazon’s rain forests, and Indonesia plans an ambitious transportation grid in Borneo, through some of the largest untouched expanses of tropical forests. If you were to parachute at random into any of the planet’s forests, you’d probably land a mile or less from […]

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The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Op-Docs On the Ethiopian highlands, church grounds have become accidental time capsules of biodiversity. Video transcript Back transcript The Church Forests of Ethiopia On the Ethiopian highlands, church grounds have become accidental time capsules of biodiversity. SCRIPT – CHURCH FORESTS OPENING CREDITS Dr. Alemayehu Wassie (VO) In Ethiopian Orthodox teaching, a church–to be a church–should […]

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The Trees and the Forest of New Towers

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Michael Green has seen the future of the building industry, and that future is wood. Lots of wood. The Vancouver-based architect is among the most ardent proponents of what is known as mass timber, prefabricated […]

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Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Rose Sharply on Bolsonaro’s Watch

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Amazon rainforest in Brazil lost an area about 12 times the size of New York City from August 2018 through July of this year, according to government data released Monday, which shows that deforestation in the biome has shot up significantly since the election of President Jair Bolsonaro. The 3,769 […]

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Saving the Fire Victims Who Cannot Flee: Australia’s Koalas

MELBOURNE, Australia — The victims were carried in one by one, their paws burned and fur singed, suffering from dehydration and fear. Their caretakers bandaged their wounds, swaddled them and laid them in baskets with the only thing that was familiar — the leaves of a eucalyptus tree. As catastrophic fires have burned more than […]

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This Elusive Creature Wasn’t Seen for Nearly 30 Years. Then It Appeared on Camera.

The illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam has depleted some forests so drastically that scientists call the result “empty forest syndrome,” where almost nothing sings or crawls or rustles the branches. “There’s a beautiful, vibrant tropical forest around you, but no animals in it,” said Andrew Tilker, a scientist with Global Wildlife Conservation and doctoral student […]

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Stalking the Endangered Wax Palm

In 1991 Rodrigo Bernal, a botanist who specializes in palms, was driving into the Tochecito River Basin, a secluded mountain canyon in central Colombia, when he was seized by a sense of foreboding. Two palm experts were in the car with Dr. Bernal: his late wife, the botanist Gloria Galeano, who worked alongside him at […]

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California Fires Live Updates: Strong Winds May Expand Blazes

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA firefighter tried to protect a home from the Kincade fire in Windsor, Calif.Credit…Max Whittaker for The New York Times Blazes are challenging firefighters across California. The worst kind of weather for wildfires — strong, gusty winds and very low humidity — will return on Tuesday after a relative […]

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A Forecast for a Warming World: Learn to Live With Fire

Facing down 600 wildfires in the past three days alone, emergency workers in California rushed to evacuate rural areas of Northern California on Thursday and warned residents that the high winds currently propelling an out-of-control blaze could become even stronger in the coming days. The Kincade fire, the largest wildfire to ignite this week, tore […]

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Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. PAKAN RABAA, Indonesia — This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rain forests, had a problem with illegal loggers. They were stealing valuable hardwood with impunity. At first, a group of local people put a […]

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Forest Service Backs an End to Limits on Roads in Alaska’s Tongass Forest

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday took a step toward opening up the pristine woodlands of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and road construction, saying it would prefer an end to all road-building restrictions throughout the forest. The […]

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A Season of Fire Tests Indonesia’s Efforts to Curb Deforestation

Indonesia is experiencing another bad fire season, with forests and peatlands burning across much of the country. The fires have forced schools to close, caused respiratory problems for an estimated million people and infuriated neighboring governments. They have also cast doubt on the effectiveness of Indonesia’s recent efforts to reduce deforestation. #g-locator-box { max-width:1050px; } […]

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One Thing You Can Do: Talk to Your Children About Climate Change

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. ImageCreditTyler Varsell By Jillian Mock Last month, young people around the world skipped school to join global climate strikes. Children of all […]

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Bracing for Fire Season in California

Oakland, Calif. — There’s an unsettling quality to the weather during fire season in California, a frantic fluctuation from drizzle to blue skies to the dry gusty winds that transform small fires into big ones. It’s been a mild year so far. But in the wake of last year’s particularly destructive season the entire state […]

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Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless Amazon

NOVO PROGRESSO, BRAZIL — In early August, Adecio Piran wrote an article for this Amazon town’s news website announcing a “Day of Fire,” to be started on August 10. The post suggested a coordinated criminal effort among local landowners and cattle ranchers to burn newly cleared rainforest — much of it on public land. The […]

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Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings

Across North America, trees stand ready to help us solve the climate crisis. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their wood. One way to respond to a challenge from the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, to seek “bold action and much greater ambition” on climate change is to protect […]

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High in the Cascades, a Lone Fire Lookout Still Keeps Watch

Photographs and Text by Ruth Fremson Sept. 28, 2019 GLACIER PEAK WILDERNESS, Wash. — Smoke was rising over Bonanza Peak. So Russ Dalton, 72, stepped inside the lookout post perched high above the Glacier Peak Wilderness, spun the fire finder to point in the direction of the faint dark smoke he had spotted, and lined […]

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As Amazon Smolders, Indonesia Fires Choke the Other Side of the World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Brazil has captured global attention over deliberately set fires that are burning the Amazon rainforest, often called the earth’s lungs. Now Indonesia is compounding the concern with blazes to clear forest on the other side of the world. Hundreds of wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds […]

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Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a Lot of Hope (and a Bit of Whiskey)

Jane Goodall nursed a glass of neat Irish whiskey. It was the end of a long day of public appearances, and her voice was giving out. That’s what Ms. Goodall does these days. She talks. To anyone who will listen. To children, chief executives and politicians. Her message is always the same: The forests are […]

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Is Brazilian Leather Out of Fashion? H&M Stops Buying Over Amazon Fires

RIO DE JANEIRO — H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, announced Thursday that it had stopped purchasing leather from Brazil over concerns that the country’s cattle industry has contributed to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The announcement of the temporary ban is the second to hit Brazil after a spike in rainforest fires this […]

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Trump to Miners, Loggers and Drillers: This Land Is Your Land

The tug-of-war over America’s public lands between those who would protect them for future generations and those who would exploit them for immediate commercial gain has a long history. The two Roosevelts, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were mostly sympathetic to the cause of conservation, Ronald Reagan and the second George Bush decidedly […]

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With Amazon on Fire, Brazil’s Environmental Enforcers Say Bolsonaro Hobbles their Work

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 500 government workers on the front lines of enforcing Brazil’s environmental laws had signed an open letter as of Wednesday warning that their work has been hampered by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, contributing to a rise in deforestation and the fires sweeping through the Amazon. The letter […]

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