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La foresta amazzonica conserva circa il 30% del mercurio sequestrato nel suolo a livello globale. Foto: Neil Palmer/CIAT CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Deforestation fosters mercury emissions into the atmosphere

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Forests perform an essential ecosystem service by storing mercury and preventing its spread into waterways. That's why deforestation poses a threat in terms of pollution, a MIT study finds
The causes of floods are multiple and involve several variables interacting with each other. Photo: somersetpedia.paul CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unportedsomersetpedia.paul CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Between floods and forests is a matter of probability

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Properly managing forests and preventing floods requires a paradigm shift, a Canadian study explains. That means replacing the deterministic approach with probability analysis and take all factors into account
In the Amazon, rising temperatures would have played a larger role in determining drought than the El Niño oscillation. Image: Robert Stone Google Earth Detail - Amazon Basin CC BY-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericRobert Stone Google Earth Detail - Amazon Basin CC BY-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Climate change is behind record drought in the Amazon Basin

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Without climate change, the Amazon Basin would not have experienced the exceptional agricultural drought that has affected the area around the region's main river, an international study finds
The Ruki provides 20 percent of the dissolved carbon in the Congo River. Photo: International Rivers CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalInternational Rivers CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Analysis of a river in Congo reveals carbon dynamics

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As a tributary of the Congo River, the Ruki provides one-fifth of the dissolved carbon in the region's main waterway. A figure that suggests a lower sequestration capacity by the local forest, says a research
The Atlantic Forest stretches along the east coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte state to Paraguay and Argentina. Photo: Alex Popovkin CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericAlex Popovkin CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Atlantic Forest, Brazil, 82% of tree species could disappear

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In the forest area spanning the southeastern region of Brazil, two-thirds of all species and more than four-fifths of endemic ones are threatened with extinction
In tropical forests, lianas tend to suffocate trees by restricting their growth. Photo: Andreas Kay CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericAndreas Kay CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Lianas and climate change limit forest restoration

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In tropical forests, rising temperatures promote the spread of lianas that smother trees by limiting their growth, an Australian study says. With obvious consequences for carbon sequestration
Tropical areas are more at risk in terms of the impact of agricultural deforestation on bird biodiversity. Photo: Alyssa Crouse Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain DedicationAlyssa Crouse Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

The impact of agricultural deforestation on biodiversity is not the same everywhere

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Some features promote the resilience of certain species to the effects of deforestation, a Peking University study has found. But biodiversity conservation is also affected by local agricultural history
The study analyzed changes in forest cover in the Emerald Network protected areas located in the Luhansk region, which has been under partial Russian control for the past ten years. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalState Emergency Service of Ukraine CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Forests in Ukraine are collateral victims of Russian invasion

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In Ukraine's territories under partial Russian control since 2014, the area of forests has shrunk by 25 percent. This is shown by an American research involving two institutes in Kiev
Forest fragmentation is the process of dividing forested areas into smaller parts by cutting down trees Photo: Riccardo Pravettoni CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericRiccardo Pravettoni CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In the Amazon, forest fragmentation changes the shape of trees

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A study from the University of Helsinki highlights how trees in forests change their appearance to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Results are relevant on a global scale
Forests play a key role in climate regulation but it is not easy to determine exactly how much carbon they absorb and how much they release into the atmosphere. Photo: Pedro Biondi/ABr CC BY 3.0 BR DEED Attribution 3.0 BrazilPedro Biondi/ABr CC BY 3.0 BR DEED Attribution 3.0 Brazil

Data on forest emissions are still diverging. But there is a solution

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Data on forest emissions are still diverging. But there is a solution