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Researchers work to mitigate water scarcity crisis with solar-powered devices made of wood
14 December, 2017
water scarcity
Engineers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have created a novel technological solution to the pressing global challenge of water scarcity by creating a suite of solar steam generation devices that are at once efficient... read more
Beetles are ravaging Europe’s oldest forest. Is logging the answer?
8 December, 2017
Beetles
BIAŁOWIEŻA, POLAND -It's a cool, gray day in early October, and the town of Białowieża in northeast Poland looks peaceful. But outside a three-star hotel, some two dozen environmental activists have gathered, wearing masks with a photo of Poland's minister of the environment. read more
Scientists dispute missing dryland forests
23 November, 2017
Dryland forests
Scientists are disputing the possibility that a significant portion of the world's forests have been missed in an earlier accounting of ecological diversity. Writing in the journal Science a team led by Daniel Griffith, a postdoctoral scientist in the College of Forestry... read more
Police and Forestry clamped down on illegal wood choppers
23 November, 2017
National news
The North West Department of Forestry and police clamped down on illegal wood choppers in the Hartbeespoort area on Tuesday, confiscating tons of wood from trees chopped down in protected areas. According to the Kormorant, the illegal chopping down of trees... read more
New Project to Recognize Responsible Urban Forestry and Urban Wood Utilization
21 November, 2017
Dovetails
A new initiative to support increased urban wood utilization and community benefits has been launched. The project will develop a unified urban wood certification strategy with the goal of aligning existing programs that recognize responsible management practices in the urban forest. read more
Fiji pushes for forest protection at climate conference
21 November, 2017
Climate conference
Fiji's Minister for Economy and Climate, Change says all countries need to prioritise forest protection and rehabilitation as well as financing of forest ecosystems. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was speaking at the COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. read more
Climate change fight: Countries urged to make forest protection a priority
16 November, 2017
Climate change Uganda
According to the state of Uganda's Forestry Report 2016, Uganda has been losing on average 122,000 ha/year of forest every year from 1990-2015. Members at the conference said putting a stop to the destruction of forests is crucial to tackling climate change. read more
India regrows forests to trap carbon emissions
16 November, 2017
Indian forests
Large-scale tree planting efforts in India, China and South Korea have removed more than 12 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the past 20 years, according to new analysis. Examining different afforestation, reforestation... read more
Converting carbon emissions into 'green' concrete
20 October, 2017
Friday offcuts
An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. Mineral Carbonation International, an Australian company developing carbon-utilisation technology has officially launched its technology... read more
China’s building 19km treetop walkway
20 October, 2017
Friday offcuts
China's magnificent new walkway is giving people a treetop experience of Fuzhou's sub-tropical forests unlike any before. Singapore-based LOOK Architects recently completed the first phase of the Fuzhou Forest Walkway, a snaking treetop walkway... read more

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