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Smell of forest pine can limit climate change - researchers

<b>New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change.</b><p>Scientists say they've found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests.<p>These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds …

New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

<b>A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises "near real time" information on deforestation around the world.</b><p>Global Forest Watch (GFW) is backed by Google and over 40 business and campaigning groups.<p>It uses information from hundreds of millions of satellite images as well as data …

University of Maryland

Ancient American's genome mapped

<b>Present-day Native Americans are descended from some of the continent's earliest settlers, a genetic study suggests.</b><p>Scientists sequenced the genome of a one-year-old boy who died in what is now Montana about 12,500 years ago.<p>Some researchers have raised questions about the origins of early …

Anthropology

Neanderthals gave us disease genes

<b>Gene types that influence disease in people today were picked up through interbreeding with Neanderthals, a major study in Nature journal suggests.</b><p>They passed on variants involved in type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and - curiously - smoking addiction.<p>Genome studies reveal that our species (<i>Homo</i> …

Anthropology

Drug trafficking is speeding deforestation in Central America

<b>A new report says that drug smuggling in Central America is rapidly increasing rates of deforestation.</b><p>Remote forests in Honduras and Guatemala are being cut down to facilitate landing strips for the transportation of narcotics.<p>The scientists believe the influx of drug cash encourages ranchers, …

Central America

Plant-killing fungi 'drive rainforest biodiversity'

The findings help scientists understand the mechanism that allows species to coexist in an ecosystem<p><b>Pathogenic fungi, normally associated with killing plant life, could play a key role in driving biodiversity in tropical rainforests, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers found that the presence of fungal …

Ecology

Genetic clue to how limbs evolved from fins

<b>Fish have the genetic machinery necessary to make fingers, but it is not switched on, a study suggests.</b><p>The research in Plos Biology journal sheds light on how fish evolved into the earliest land animals millions of years ago.<p>For fish to make the transition to land, an existing DNA architecture had …

Lord Rooker: 'Planting trees could stop flooding'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1044000/1044458_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534396824_066fd7588700fa74780398066faa348d<p><b>Britain should turn swathes of its upland pastures into woodland to help prevent flooding, according to a former environment minister, Lord Rooker.</b><p>He …

Forestry

Citizen science charts horse chestnut tree pest spread

The horse chestnut leaf-miner moth was first recorded in the UK in 2002<p><b>A citizen science study, involving more than 3,500 people, has revealed the spread and establishment of the horse chestnut leaf-miner in the UK.</b><p>It also suggests that a native species of wasp that preys on the tiny insect will …

Citizen Science

Genetically-modified purple tomatoes heading for shops

<b>The prospect of genetically modified purple tomatoes reaching the shelves has come a step closer.</b><p>Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries.<p>Developed in Britain, large-scale production is now under way in Canada with the first …

Tomatoes

World's Forests Show Decrease in Photosynthetic Activity

<b>An international collaboration of scientists argues in a new study that the world's forests have been undergoing a browning process for more than 20</b> …

UN agrees multi-billion dollar framework to tackle deforestation

FOREST/CLIMATE TALKS:UN agrees multi-billion dollar framework to tackle deforestation<p>By Stian Reklev<p>WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) - U.N. negotiators on …

Climate

New genetic clues for rheumatoid arthritis 'cure'

<b>An international team of researchers has found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.</b><p>The work is the largest genetic study ever carried out, involving nearly 30,000 patients.<p>The investigators believe new drugs could be developed to target these areas that …

Pain

Preventative genetics: The ultimate way to halt disease

Can the information in our genes reveal serious medical issues years in advance? A leading geneticist thinks it’s possible.<p>We’re entering a new era that’s greatly enabled by progress in molecular biology and genetics, says George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. It is not …

Genetics

Fresh effort to clone extinct animal

<b>Scientists in Spain have received funding to test whether an extinct mountain goat can be cloned from preserved cells.</b><p>The bucardo became extinct in 2000, but cells from the last animal were frozen in liquid nitrogen.<p>In 2003, a cloned calf was brought to term but died a few minutes after birth.<p>Now, …

National Parks

'Signature' achievement on forests at UN climate talks

<b>Nations meeting in Warsaw at UN talks have agreed a significant step forward towards curbing emissions from deforestation.</b><p>A package of measures has been agreed here that will give "results-based" payments to developing nations that cut carbon by leaving trees standing.<p>One observer told the BBC that …

Climate

Y chromosome practically obliterated in mice

<b>Scientists have practically obliterated the ultimate symbol of maleness in DNA, the Y chromosome, and believe they may be able to do away with it completely.</b><p>They condensed all the genetic information normally found on a mouse's Y chromosome to just two genes.<p>Their study, in the journal Science, …

Genetics

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

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Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests

A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major …

Forests could face threat from biomass power 'gold rush'

Britain's new generation of biomass power stations will have to source millions of tonnes of wood from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of the new technology.<p>Ministers believe biomass …

Forest Misuse Costs Indonesia $7 Billion in Revenue, Report Says | Jakarta Globe

A picture made available on May 10, 2013 shows logs on a tugboat on Kampar River in Teluk Meranti, Riau province, Indonesia, on May 2013. (EPA …

Conservation news - Environmental science and conservation news

by Mongabay.com 15 June 2018<p>Among the top articles from our Spanish language service, Mongabay Latam, for the week of June 4 - 10 was one about a …

Brazil says Amazon deforestation rose 28% in a year

<b>Brazil says the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 28% between August 2012 and last July, after years of decline.</b><p>The government is working to reverse this "crime", Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said.<p>Activists have blamed the increase in destruction on a controversial reform …

Knowledge Management

First-ever map of global deforestation shows widespread destruction

A collaboration that includes NASA and Google has tracked vital losses over the last decade<p>There's no single culprit responsible for deforestation: around the world, forest cover is lost because of fires, disease, logging, clear-cutting, and myriad other factors. And the environmental consequences …

Bacterial Competition In Lab Shows Evolution Never Stops

Evolution is relentless process that seems to keep going and going, even when creatures live in a stable, unchanging world.<p>That's the latest surprise from a unique experiment that's been underway for more than a quarter-century.<p>Evolution is so important for biology, medicine and a general …

Fossil leaves reveal pre-colonial forests

Preserved leaves from Pennsylvania provide a glimpse of what ancient forests were like before European colonizers arrived.<p>Sediment behind milldams in …