Naturalist C.W. Nicol wins Green Culture Prize for forestry efforts

May 14, 2016

Naturalist C.W. Nicol wins Green Culture Prize for forestry efforts

Nagano naturalist C.W. Nicol has been named co-winner of the Green Culture Prize for his outstanding work on woodlands restoration. A longtime contributor to The Japan Times, Nicol received the annual award Saturday from the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, an affiliate of the ...

May 3, 2016

Cambodia to protect a million hectares of forest

Cambodia’s prime minister has ordered that a million hectares of forest be included in protected zones as the country faces one of the world’s fastest deforestation rates. The move, which covers five new areas of forest, will bump Cambodia’s conservation zones up by a ...

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

Jan 31, 2016

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

World Heritage-listed forests whose origins predate the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bush fires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Firefighters in Tasmania — an island state south of the mainland known for its cooler temperatures ...

California drought could kill tens of millions of trees

Dec 30, 2015

California drought could kill tens of millions of trees

As many as 58 million large trees in California are threatened by a record drought that has afflicted the state since 2011, says a study published Monday. Even if the weather phenomenon called El Nino produces more precipitation, California’s forests could suffer irreversible change, ...