Tag - forests



Japan Times
Apr 4, 2016
As Indonesian forests burn, new anti-fire agency feels the heat
As forest fires raged like never before across Indonesia last year, President Joko Widodo announced he was setting up a special agency to tackle the annual scourge that shrouds parts of Southeast Asia in choking haze.
Feb 26, 2016
A subway tunnel under Singapore's rainforest? No way, say activists
A plan to build a subway tunnel under Singapore's largest patch of primary rainforest has drawn sharp protests from environmental groups and activists who say it could irreversibly damage the habitats of hundreds of plant and animal species.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2016
Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming: study
An expansion of Europe's forests toward dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 28, 2016
Breakthrough in mapping tropical forests reveals broad extent of tree loss
New advanced satellite maps of tropical countries reveal that more than 90 percent of recent tree cover loss took place in natural forests rather than plantations, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity, research shows.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 3, 2016
From a rare Florida tree, cuttings are taken to regrow forest of ancient giants
An experiment in regrowing forests of the world's oldest trees led environmentalists last week to climb a nine-story tall, 2,000-year-old cypress in central Florida known as Lady Liberty.
WORLD / Science & Health
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.
Oct 4, 2015
Brazil: cutting emissions by fighting deforestation
With an incredible 41 percent reduction in emissions since 2005, Brazil is creating an environmental model for the entire world.
Oct 1, 2015
Many natural World Heritage sites threatened by oil, mining: report
Almost a third of natural World Heritage sites are threatened by mining and oil exploration, according to a report that said companies and investors face reputational and legal risks by backing such activities.
Sep 12, 2015
Curb decline in tree populations
The world has 3 trillion trees, a new study tells us, but we're losing 10 billion every year.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 20, 2015
Invasive plants pose billion-dollar threat to economies around the world
Many of the world's plants are turning "alien," spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2015
Heed Pope Francis' call to protect the Amazon
When world leaders meet at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year to craft a response to the challenges of global warming, they should put in place policies to protect tropical forests and the people who make them their home.
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2015
Moriumius project brings young life and learning back to the Tohoku disaster zone
A unique educational project aims to revitalize the Miyagi town of Ogatsu, which lost around 80 percent of its buildings and 10 percent of its 4,300 population to the 3/11 disasters.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2015
Forester says greater use of wood needed to help protect nation's forests
Toru Hayami does not conceal his excitement when he talks about his "forest of 400 years" in the town of Kihoku, Mie Prefecture.
Jun 13, 2015
Rural revitalization can be green
Revitalizing rural areas, in addition to slowing the exodus of people to big cities, could also lead to improved environmental conservation.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 4, 2015
Study reveals famous California redwood is 777 years young
A new study to determine the age of iconic old-growth redwoods in California's Muir Woods has revealed that one of the tallest and most famous trees in the forest is much younger than many assumed given its massive size, scientists said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health / FOCUS
Feb 12, 2015
In China, legal fight to save forest tests toughened anti-pollution law
A lawsuit filed against four Chinese mining executives accused of destroying a stretch of forest is shaping up as a test of China's strengthened environmental law and the ability of green groups to make companies more accountable for their actions.
Dec 9, 2014
Tokyo may fail Olympic sustainability vow, activists say
Tokyo risks falling down on its pledge to stage an environmentally sustainable 2020 Olympics due to the import of illegally felled timber from Southeast Asia, activist group Global Witness said.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 5, 2014
Peru says Amazon deforestation on the rise
Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 sq. miles) last year — an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
Oct 30, 2014
Congolese conservationist says Japan can help reduce deforestation, poaching
Congolese conservationist Jerome Mokoko believes Japan would be able help protect his nation's forests and fauna if only the public would show a greater interest in understanding where ivory and hardwood come from.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 22, 2014
Brazil puts giant swath of rain forest under federal safeguard
The Brazilian government said Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rain forest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.


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