Forests

Murder in Malaysia: how protecting native forests cost an activist his life

Malaysian activist Bill Kayong fought to save forest lands from logging and oil palm development. Like a troubling number of environmental campaigners around the world, he paid the highest price, reports Yale Environment 360<p>Environmentalists at risk: read part one in this series<p>It was 8.20am on 21 …

Sarawak

Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable

Last month on Valentine’s Day, the members of Oregon’s State Land Board sat side-by-side at a table under fluorescent lights, facing an expectant …

Endangered Species

Leaked paper exposes EU countries’ abuse of climate loophole

EXCLUSIVE/ European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the …

Climate Change

Chhattisgarh: Coal field inferno raging since a month, resources worth crores destroyed

With a massive inferno raging at a coal field in Koriya district of Chhattisgarh for more than a month, lives as well as natural resources are …

Chhattisgarh

South Hobart house fire caused by elderly man removing smouldering log: Coroner

An elderly Hobart man with dementia perished in a fire at house after he removed a smouldering log from a wood heater and left it beside the heater, …

Heating

Wildfires Have Already Charred Over 2 Million Acres This Year

As of this week, over 2 million acres of wild lands have burned across the United States, marking a fast start to the wildfire season. As Doyle Rice …

Climate

Bucket List Travel: 3 Once-in-a-lifetime Adventure Trips in South America

South America doesn’t get the love it deserves.<p>Europe and Asia feature defined backpacker “trails” that have been well-worn thanks to decades of …

Amazon Rainforest

Florida man's book burning sparks wildfire, destroys homes: officials

A Florida man's illegal burning of paperback books sparked a wildfire that quickly spread across 400 acres of land, damaging or destroying as many as 15 homes and forcing residents to evacuate in the northeastern part of the state, officials said on Thursday.<p>The blaze started on Wednesday afternoon …

Florida

Book Burning Sparked Florida Wildfire That Destroyed 10 Homes: Officials

Nearly 400 acres has been swept up by the blaze near Jacksonville, Florida.<p>Book burning is being blamed for a massive wildfire in northeast Florida that has left up to 15 homes damaged or destroyed and evacuated more than 100 people, fire officials said.<p>Nearly 400 acres in Nassau County, just …

Florida

Cities Throw Shade At Rising Heat

To cool the “urban heat islands” that they’ve become, cities are planting trees and more trees.<p>By Mindy Fetterman<p>Rudy Lane is a two-lane road that curves through the leafy suburb of Windy Hills east of Louisville, Kentucky. Broadway is a main drag downtown where the federal and state courthouses …

Cities

Thousands of monkeys decimated by yellow fever in Brazil's forests

It is unclear yet what impact the deaths will have on monkeys' social organisations in the forest.<p>Yellow fever has decimated thousands of monkeys in …

Viruses

N.C. State University professor: Apple's plans for eastern North Carolina could be the start of a trend - Triangle Business Journal

Thinkstock<p>“I think we’re at the front-end of what will hopefully be a trend,” says Mary Watzin, dean of N.C. State University’s College of Natural …

North Carolina

In the Land of Giants

The trees are so big that it would be cowardly not to deal with their bigness head on. They are very, very big. You already knew this — they’re called “giant sequoias” — and I knew it, too. But in person, their bigness still feels unexpected, revelatory. And the delirium of their size is enhanced …

Adventure Travel

Q&A: Forests soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection?

Join a panel of experts from 2-4.30pm on Thursday 30 March to discuss the resources needed to fight deforestation<p>Every year, 18 million hectares of tropical forest – an area the size of England and Wales – are cut down, releasing millions of tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. In just 40 …

Climate Change

These Tiny Crabs In Hong Kong Are Now Climbing Trees

Crabs are supposed to stick to the water, but in China they can climb trees.<p>Scientists discovered a new species of the crustacean — as they were …

Hong Kong

Controlled fires rejuvenate Okanagan Valley wildlife

'The regrowth that comes out after the fire is higher in nutrition and more beneficial for the wildlife'<p>Biologists in B.C.'s Central Okanagan region …

Wildlife

America's Forgotten Forests

Introduction and summary<p>After years of neglect, U.S. forest policy needs a reboot. Smart people have had trouble seeing national forests for their …

The best use of California's dead trees: Leave them in the mountains

<b>To the editor:</b> Science refutes virtually every claim in Jacques Leslie’s ode to logging. Dead trees, which Leslie would have removed from the Sierra Nevada and used for energy, don’t make wildfires worse; in fact, they can slow hot fires moving through the forest canopy. High-severity fire isn’t …

California

Ex-ranger: Wildfire panel 'smokescreen' for 'negligence'

Wildfire victims speak out at commission meeting Saul Young/News Sentinel<p>SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Sevier County authorities offered no answers Monday when victims of November's wildfires asked them about the extent and purpose of a prosecutor's order to withhold information on the firestorm from the …

Florida

Opinion: Shipping raw logs out of B.C. is bleeding our forest industry and communities dry

Early this month, a paper mill on Vancouver Island was forced to shut down for six days because of a “lack” of raw material to run the mill.The mill, …

Canada

This bluebell forest looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale

Further proof that spring is the most magical season<p><b>Walking through any forest can be a relaxing experience. Nature just has a way of calming us and</b> …

Flowers

Majuli All Set To Become India’s First Carbon Neutral District: Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched initiatives to develop Majuli, world biggest river island, as India’s first carbon neutral district …

Assam

How to Save the World's Forests

By Bob Berwyn in <i>Pacific Standard</i><p>By Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Negin Dahya and Dacia Douhaibi at the <i>Brookings Institution</i><p>By Lora Kolodny in <i>TechCrunch</i><p>By …

Forest Service signs off on Lower Joseph Creek restoration

Accelerated restoration is coming to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, including an increase in logging and burning.<p>The U.S. Forest Service has …

Eastern Oregon

Forest Services favors plan for alpine coaster at Snowmass

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is considering a plan to add new hiking trails and bike trails and open up the national forest at …

Denver

Firefighters contain fire in Deer Creek Canyon area that destroyed cabin

Firefighters were able to quickly contain a wildfire Wednesday morning in Deer Creek Canyon that destroyed a cabin and had the potential to quickly …

Denver

Linville Gorge Fire Grows to 1365 Acres - Several Trails Closed

Firefighters conducted burnout operations Monday afternoon to reduce fuels and buffer fire lines on the White Creek Fire. The fire, which was …

RVs

Wildfires Have Already Toasted a Staggering Amount of Land in the US This Year

The 2017 US wildfire season is off to alarming start, with thousands of individual fires having scorched through 2 million acres since the start of …

Climate Change

Realising forest rights still a distant dream

Among many laws, policies and practices inherited from the British, exclusive state control over forests and its resources is one that has gained …

West Bengal

The Plan to Save Oregon’s Elliott State Forest May Not Be Enough

Daily Dispatches from the Sporting World<p>This week Oregon lawmakers held a hearing for a bill that would prevent the sale of the prized 82,500-acre …

Government