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FORESTS

Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 4, 2023
A ghostly 'fairy lantern' plant in Hyogo, back from the dead
For over two decades, scientists thought Thismia kobensis was extinct, but it's now being called a “Lazarus species” following a discovery by Kobe University researchers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 22, 2023
World's 'oldest' tree able to reveal planet's secrets
In a forest in southern Chile, a giant tree has survived for thousands of years and is in the process of being recognized as the oldest in the world.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 20, 2023
Ending deforestation likely to cost at least $130 billion a year
Putting an end to deforestation would be a major step to preserving nature and limiting the increase in global temperatures.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 14, 2023
Kishida's verbal slip sees Japan target new hay fever countermeasures
Steps likely to be taken are the periodic thinning of cedar trees, the utilization of the trees as timber and replanting forests with trees that produce less pollen.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 14, 2023
In Brazil, 'bioeconomy' initiatives offer hope of a less destructive future
Amazon forest has an economic value four times higher than if turned into cattle pasture, if benefits such as its contribution to rainfall, clean air and a stable climate are considered.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 12, 2023
This is how fast humans have changed the ecosystem
A 10,000-year-old grove of aspens in Utah is dying after a hundred years of human meddling. Now only more meddling can save it.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 11, 2023
Could an EU law to save the rainforest destroy palm oil farmers?
The long list of requirements will be hard for small-scale farmers to meet, and could push risk-averse palm oil buyers in Europe to switch to larger plantations with deeper pockets.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 7, 2023
In Mexican jungle, scientists prepare for future pandemics
The goal of the Franco-Mexican project is to detect diseases — known as zoonoses — transmitted from animals to humans in tropical climates.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 31, 2023
Thai forest fires worsen pollution that’s left 2 million ill
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered urgent steps to put out forest fires in Nakhon Nayok province to the east of Bangkok and those in the country’s northern region.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 15, 2023
Some cash in on land boom near Indonesia's new capital, while others miss out
The project, which is under construction in an area largely made up of forest, is envisioned as a green, smart city, but has been hit by delays due to the pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 27, 2023
Carbon credits are a contested tool to fight deforestation
Major corporations are accused of purchasing carbon credits from forest protection projects in areas that are not actually at risk.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 26, 2023
Kanazawa sets an example for badly needed biodiversity policy in Japan
Japan’s cities may be typically clad in concrete, but there is one reliable source of verdant life: shrines and temples.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 25, 2023
Thai farmers tap into sustainable rubber industry
The vast majority of Thailand's rubber plantations are still worked conventionally, but a few farmers are abandoning pesticides to try and lessen their impact on the environment.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 9, 2023
Tree study shows how three years of drought may have doomed ancient empires
'The climate changes that are likely to occur for us in the next century will be much more severe than those the Hittites experienced,' one of the co-authors noted.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 8, 2023
Lula's Amazon pledge looks distant as Brazil battles deforestation
The push to stop surging Amazon rainforest destruction is facing challenges after years of dwindling funding and staff at Brazil's environmental enforcement agency.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 1, 2023
Planting trees could cut urban heat wave deaths by a third, study says
Of the 6,700 premature deaths attributed to higher temperatures in 93 European cities during 2015, one third could have been prevented, researchers found.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 27, 2023
The Amazon is deteriorating too fast for species and the climate to adapt
The region that is key to the world’s climate system 'is now perched to transition rapidly from a largely forested to a nonforested landscape,” write the authors of a new paper.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 16, 2023
As disease ravages Japan's oak trees, researchers tap tech to aid neglected forests
By digitally cataloging the trees and facilitating their use for green tourism or the building of furniture, researchers say extensive oak wilt can be prevented.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 11, 2023
New Indonesia capital imperils ancient Eden with 'ecological disaster'
With construction ramping up this year, environmentalists warn that the project will speed up deforestation in one of the world's largest and oldest tropical rainforests.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 27, 2022
Human activity puts 1 million species on the brink, threatening ecosystems
The speed at which species are now vanishing is unprecedented in the last 10 million years.

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