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Trump pushing to overturn 2001 rule banning environmentally damaging logging in world’s largest temperate forest in Alaska

Donald Trump has instructed agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue to exempt Alaska‘s 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest from logging restrictions imposed nearly 20 years ago, according to three people briefed on the issue, after privately discussing the matter with the state’s governor aboard Air Force One. The move would affect more …

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Fires in Amazon Rain Forest Have Surged This Year

RIO DE JANEIRO — Fires are burning in the Amazon rain forest at one of the fastest paces in years, Brazil’s space research center said this week. The center, the National Institute for Space Research, which monitors fires using satellite images, said on Tuesday that it had detected 74,155 fires …

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The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change

Poaching destabilizes nations, disrupts ecosystems and threatens biodiversity. A recent study suggests still another consequence: Some types of poaching may also accelerate climate change. Forest elephants — the smaller, endangered relatives of African savanna elephants — promote the growth of large trees that excel at storing carbon, according to research …

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Oldest fossil forest in Asia discovered

The oldest fossil forest in Asia which existed between 359m and 419m years ago, has been discovered by scientists.  Dating back to the Devonian period, a geological era known as the age of fishes, it was found in the walls of clay quarries in China, near the town of Xinhang, in the country’s Anhui province. It is made up of 250,000 …

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