Cookie Policy

We believe Authentic Environmentalism is transparent and win/win, and hope that you do too.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience as a user. Using them also enables us to discover more effective ways to accomplish our pro-environmental mission. Please accept them for full functionality.

Accept Cookies Refuse Cookies

User Survey

Is there a book related to any topic on this website that you would recommend everyone read?

Recommend A Book

(Here is a list of environmental resilience topics covered by Canadian newsmedia.)

Another time, perhaps.

Tropical Forests

0 news articles per week.
45 connected topics.


News and Opinion

Coverage of tropical forests since April 28, 2021.

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

Endangered African montane forests could be a key ‘carbon store’, scientists say Carbon Brief

"...Tropical forests on the slopes of Africa’s mountains are more concentrated stores of carbon than the Amazon, a new study in Nature suggests..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

Trevor Hancock: If we lose the carbon sinks, we are sunk

"...A paper published last month in Nature, titled “Amazonia as a carbon source linked to deforestation and climate change,” found that, far from being an important carbon sink, as it once was, the Amazon’s ­ability to absorb carbon is in decline. In fact, the paper found the Amazon has become a ­carbon source in its southeastern regions due to “the intensification of the dry season and an increase in deforestation. ”..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

New measure of tropical forest vulnerability to help avoid 'tipping point'

"..."Frequent droughts, higher temperature, and longer dry seasons, along with increasing pressures from deforestation and degradation in the last two decades, have pushed the tropical rainforests to the verge of a tipping point," said Sassan Saatchi of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "What we predicted using climate models a decade ago, we are observing on the ground. Now is the time to do something and not later..."

dig deeper

Individual protected areas in Amazonia differ greatly in how effectively they help to fight deforestation and carbon emissions

"...Tropical forests are unique environments that have huge species diversity and also act as important reservoirs of organic carbon, thereby counteracting climate change. However, their area is diminishing due to deforestation, which gives reason to worry both about the survival of their biodiversity and about the increasing carbon emissions. To help to optimise conservation efforts, it is important to understand how well conservation areas succeed in safeguarding tropical forests..."

dig deeper

How climate change affected the population of this Maya settlement

"...The findings, published in Quarternary Science Reviews in a study entitled “Molecular evidence for human population change associated with climate events in the Maya lowlands,” shows that both droughts and very wet periods led to impactful population declines, and suggests that the Maya settlement in Itzan started earlier and lasted longer than previously known..."

dig deeper

Global network transforming tropical forest research

"...ForestPlots. net hosts data from many individual researchers and networks including AfriTRON, ECOFOR, PPBio, RAINFOR, TROBIT and T-FORCES. Working together equitably, the network has shown that long-term monitoring of forests on-the-ground is irreplaceable, making scientific discoveries across the globe..."

dig deeper

First report of dorsal navigation in a flying insect

"...People--who get lost easily in the extraordinary darkness of a tropical forest--have much to learn from a bee that can find its way home in conditions 10 times dimmer than starlight. Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's (STRI) research station on Barro Colorado Island in Panama and the University of Lund in Sweden reveal that sweat bees (Megalopta genalis), find their way home based on patterns in the canopy overhead using dorsal vision. This first report of dorsal navigation in a flying insect, published in Current Biology, may be of special interest to makers of drones and other night-flying vehicles..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

Anthropogenic forcing increases drought risks in Southeast Asia

"...With the unprecedented urbanization and population growing rate, water scarcity issues have already posed a serious challenge for sustainable development in Southeast Asian monsoon region. However, the impact of anthropogenic forcing, such as greenhouse gases and anthropogenic aerosols, on extreme drought events in the region is still unclear. Scientists from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences investigated the observed drought changes over Southeast Asian monsoon region and impacts of anthropogenic forcing using the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6 (CMIP6) models..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

Deforestation darkening the seas above world's second biggest reef

"...Stacey Felgate, a PhD Student at the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, led the study working with partners in Belize. Stacey said, "Like many countries in the region, Belize is experiencing a rapid rate of deforestation due to increasing need for agricultural and urban land, whilst the economy also relies on the fishing and tourism industries on the coastline. Despite this, there has been very little research into the impact that changing land-use at such a fast pace is having on the region's coastal ecosystems..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

Letters to the Editor - Questions over the environmental impacts of wind power

"...Of course other means of electricity generation have negative environmental and social impacts. The production of solar panels requires large amounts of materials and energy as does the required battery storage, not to mention enormous wastage of water in lithium production, with the country producing most of the panels burning enormous amounts of coal for industry. Nuclear generation depends on mining for uranium, but at least that resource is an indigenous Canadian resource, and production monitored and regulated, whereas almost all the costs and environmental and social damages of the others are outsourced to other countries; and a plant’s physical footprint is minor compared to other systems and neither birds nor other wildlife are threatened..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

African rainforests still slowed climate change despite record heat and drought

"...Professor Lewis said: "These findings show the value of careful long-term monitoring of tropical forests. The baseline data running back to the 1980s allowed us to evaluate how well these rainforests coped with record heat and drought. " Past evidence from similar inventory networks in Amazonia studying major droughts in 2005 and 2010, and in Asia studying the large 1997-1998 El Niño event, show either substantially slower tree growth or much greater tree mortality in response to extreme drought and heat..."

dig deeper

share article: Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn

An OU-led study sheds new insight on forest loss and degradation in Brazilian Amazon

"...Tropical forests in the Amazon account, Qin notes, for approximately 50% of the rainforests in the world and are important for global biodiversity, hydrology, climate and the carbon cycle. Accurate and timely data on vegetation aboveground biomass and forest area in the region at various spatial and temporal scales are also essential for data-based policies and decision making. This international team harnessed diverse data for monitoring, reporting and verification of tropical forests..."

dig deeper


Recommended Reading

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases for up to 24 hours after you click on a book, funding this website. Thank you for your kind support.

Is there a book about tropical forests you would recommend?

Appropriate titles may appear on this website.


Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention tropical forests.

073 | Why the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests may be More than Blah Blah, with Frances Seymour

Duration: 36:27

"...A conversation with WRI Senior Fellow Frances Seymour, who says there's plenty of reason to believe the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use could deliver on its high ambition of ending and reversing deforestation -- not so much because of the declaration itself, but because of the constellation of world events that birthed it. ..."

further listening

062 | At What Temperature Do Forests Stop Absorbing Carbon?

Duration: 38:25

"...Today I speak with environmental scientist Jason Funk, who runs the Land Use and Climate Knowledge Initiative (LUCKI) about the important findings of a paper called "Long-term thermal sensitivity of earth's tropical forests," which looks at whether forests can continue to pull carbon from the atmosphere as temperatures rise..."

further listening


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about tropical forests.

Why this Spider Shouldn't be the Coati's Favorite Snack

"...The tropical forest is great ground for foraging, but dangers aplenty are waiting in the wings..."

learn more

This New AI Forensic Tool is Fighting Illegal Logging

"...At about $150 billion per year, the illegal logging trade is the most profitable environmental crime in the world..."

learn more

Why Do Trees Lose their Leaves?

"...In tropical forests, trees lose their leaves when the dry season begins..."

learn more

Earth was once a planet of the apes—and they set the stage for human evolution

"...This is inaccurate—surviving lineages of apes likely specialized to live in the remaining tropical forests, not in open environments..."

learn more


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about tropical forests relevant to the latest news.

Outcomes of a native bamboo on biomass and carbon stocks of a neotropical biodiversity hotspot

"...To evaluate the impact of a native bamboo on biomass and carbon stocks of an Atlantic Forest Protected Area, we first developed an allometric equation to estimate its live aboveground biomass (AGB) based on the destructive sampling method..."

related research

How the loss of forest fauna undermines the achievement of the SDGs

"...In this perspective, we present an overview of how tropical defaunation?defined as the disappearance of fauna as a result of anthropogenic drivers such as hunting and habitat alteration in tropical forest ecosystems?is interlinked with four selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)..."

related research

Blue Carbon in Emissions Markets: Challenges and Opportunities for Mexico

"...They afford protection from hurricanes, tides, sea-level rise and prevent the erosion of the coasts..."

related research

Changing Dynamics with COVID-19: Future Outlook

"...In sensitive areas, especially in mountainous regions, tropical forests, deserts, and glaciers, human habitation and human and economic activity should be limited..."

related research

The impact of tropical land-use change on downstream riverine and estuarine water properties and biogeochemical cycles: a revie

"...Overall, the impact of land-use change on aquatic processes may be more serious in tropical regions than in temperate or cold climate regions because of (1) a higher biomass and nutrient stock in original tropical forests; (2) higher precipitation, more frequent episodic flooding, and warmer temperatures in tropical regions; and (3) certain practices that are rapidly expanding in tropical regions such as land-based aquaculture..."

related research

Effect of land cover change on total SOC and soil PhytOC accumulation in the karst subtropical forest ecosystem, SW China

"...Conclusions The results of the present study provided scientific bases for further evaluating the carbon sink capacity of soil PhytOC in the karst ecosystem, in SW China, and have important values in the reduction of carbon emission and increase of carbon sink to combat the global warming..."

related research

Intra-specific patterns of ?13C, growth and wood density variation at sites of contrasting precipitation with implications for

"...Tropical agroforestry practices play a crucial role in mitigating global climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and storing carbon in their biomass..."

related research

Changes in soil bacterial communities, and carbon and nitrogen metrics as potential indicators of land use effects in a humid tr

"...In this project, we demonstrated that critical differences in soil C and N metrics, organic C use efficiency, and DNA-identified bacterial community structures occurred along a land use disturbance gradient in a humid tropical primary forest (PF) Costa Rica following deforestation and conversion of the forest into logging roads (LR), grasslands that were grazed and then abandoned (GR), and regenerating secondary forests (SF)..."

related research

The impacts of agricultural and urban land-use changes on plant and bird biodiversity in Costa Rica (1986?2014)

"...Our results confirm that deforestation has been reversed and most of the biodiversity considered is housed in forestland, but also that the expansion of export monocultures and urban sprawl have fragmented and isolated these tropical forests..."

related research

Fire effects on anurans: What we know so far?

"...However, global warming, land-use changes and other anthropogenic factors have strongly altered natural fire regimes worldwide..."

related research

Effects of soil organism interactions and temperature on carbon use efficiency in three different forest soils

"...The results showed that microbial biomass and CUE were significantly higher, but microbial respiration lower in the subtropical and temperate forest soils than in tropical forest soil..."

related research