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, ...

Nov 27, 2015

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon jumps 16 percent in 2015

The destruction of Brazil’s Amazon forest, the world’s largest intact rain forest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ago as the government struggles to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July ...

Oct 29, 2015

Rains clear smog in Southeast Asia

Rain and favorable winds have brought clear skies to vast areas of Southeast Asia stricken for weeks by hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials expressing hope Thursday that the crisis could end soon. Parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore enjoyed the cleanest air ...

Oct 29, 2015

Loss of big animals' dung has transformed Earth: study

The loss of big animals to over-hunting and human-driven pollution has meant a drastic drop in dung, which is critical to nourishing the Earth, researchers say. Restoring the populations of large mammals and sea creatures through conservation could help fight the damage being caused ...

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Dense haze produced by Indonesian forest fires has caused some of the worst pollution levels in southern Thailand in a decade, officials said Thursday, resulting in delayed flights in an area popular with tourists. For nearly two months, thousands of fires caused by slash-and-burn ...