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- Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
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Government research highlights the uncertainty ahead for tropical forests (U.S. Department of Energy).
Warmer temperatures could lead to plants absorbing less carbon dioxide (The New York Times).
East Africa’s “water towers” — its forested mountains — are under threat (CIFOR Forests News).
The state of Punjab in India is incorporating carbon stock surveys into its future planning (Times of India).
Conservationists and team up to save Ethiopia’s “church forests” (National Geographic).
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen was called a “bad Brazilian” by a government official over her work on rainforest conservation (Fox News).
The forestry department in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, said that a storm, not illegal loggers, knocked down trees in a rainforest park (The Star, Daily Express).
New research suggests that small trees in the Congo Basin could be older than larger ones (University of Exeter/Phys.Org).
For a fish, the trouble just begins when a wildfire starts (Hakai Magazine).
What would a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico mean for wildlife? (The New York Times).
A new documentary hosted by David Attenborough follows nature’s dynastic families (TV Insider).
Scientists say that the temperatures in 2018, the fourth-warmest year ever recorded, could be the “new normal” (The Washington Post).
Climate change creates conditions that touch off more intense winter storms, according to recent research (The New York Times, The Atlantic).
Poachers killed fewer elephants in Tanzania in 2018 compared to the year before (Xinhua).
More people in the U.S. are concerned about climate change, based on a recent poll (The New York Times, The Atlantic).
Research on Greenland’s ice sheet suggests it’s moving closer to becoming “a major factor” in pushing sea levels higher (The New York Times).
Human activity is making the oceans noisy, creating problems for marine life (The New York Times).
Scientists uncover the genes of a nearly extinct wolf in a group of wild dogs in Texas (Smithsonian).
The U.S. military said that it knows its bases must prepare for climate change, but it needs more information (The Washington Post).
Some species, thought to be extinct, have turned up still living in the wild (The New York Times).
A massive great white shark thrills marine biologists in Hawaii (The Los Angeles Times).
Politicians and scientists differ on how to put forth a “Green New Deal” in the U.S. (The Atlantic).
Banner image of a red wolf by Red Wolf Recovery Program via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).
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