Tropical forests

To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

Fires on the edges of tropical forests and their alteration by land use makes these hot ecosystems lose their shape and stability bringing a sudden, even catastrophic, transformation of land from trees to grass, researchers have found.

Apr 02, 2018, 10:34 AM IST

Mozambique battles illegal logging to save tropical forests

A squad of Mozambican forest rangers made their first arrest just minutes after arriving at a checkpoint near the northern port city of Pemba.


Apr 26, 2017, 17:21 PM IST

Decline in large animals could worsen climate change

The research team studied data from more than 2,000 tree species in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, and more than 800 animal species.

Dec 21, 2015, 12:49 PM IST

New data reveals tropical forests 'on the edge'

 New satellite data reveals a rapid loss of tropical forests in Cambodia, parts of west Africa and Madagascar, and the Gran Chaco region of South America, analysts said Wednesday.

Sep 02, 2015, 18:19 PM IST

Humans adapted to rainforest environment sooner than previously believed

A new research has found that humans diet 20,000 years ago was largely sourced from rainforest, suggesting that they had adapted to the environment much sooner than thought.

Mar 13, 2015, 10:51 AM IST

Tropical forests absorb far more CO2 than thought: NASA

Tropical forests may be absorbing far more carbon dioxide in response to its rising atmospheric levels than many scientists thought, a new NASA-led study says.

Jan 02, 2015, 12:51 PM IST

Semi-arid areas could become carbon sinks: Study

Semi-arid areas on the planet could become carbon sinks in the future despite the fact that they hold the carbon for a short period compared to tropical forests, according to a study in Australia published Thursday.

May 22, 2014, 19:07 PM IST

Mechanics behind flying snakes` gliding maneuver revealed

Researchers exploring the aerodynamics of flying snakes has found that whirls of wind, the little vortices surrounding it, give them an extra lift.

Mar 05, 2014, 15:49 PM IST

How tropical forests speed their own recovery

A new study has revealed that tropical forests speed their own recovery by capturing nitrogen and carbon faster after being logged or cleared for agriculture.

Sep 16, 2013, 14:48 PM IST

Tropical forests more resilient to global warming than thought

Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass - plants and plant material - in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the twenty-first century than may previously have been thought, a study has suggested.

Mar 11, 2013, 12:55 PM IST

Over 40 new species found in South American forest

More than 40 species of creatures that scientists believe to be new to science have been discovered in tropical forests of a tiny South American country.

Jan 25, 2012, 13:11 PM IST

Much of world`s tropical forests managed poorly

Large swaths of the world`s tropical forests have been officially shielded from deforestation, but an international conservation group says that may not be enough to save them.

Jun 08, 2011, 10:24 AM IST

Tropical forests hit by habitat fragmentation store less biomass, CO2

A recent research conducted on deforestation in tropical rain forests has indicated that it could have an even greater impact on climate change than has previously been thought.

Dec 10, 2009, 16:08 PM IST