Keeping carbon stored: Underestimating Logging, Eagles Decline, and More!

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE

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Knobbed hornbill. Some forest specialists, like some hornbills and parrots, require tree hollows typically found in old trees that may be absent in heavily logged forests.Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay

Ecologists Underestimating The Impacts Of Rainforest Logging says a new study, reports Rhett Butler at Mongabay. They fail to account for subtleties in how different animal groups respond to the intensity of timber extraction, argues the published paper, based on a meta-analysis of 48 studies that evaluated the impact of selective logging on mammals, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates in tropical forests.

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Even selective logging can heavily degrade forests, such as this one in Malaysian Borneo, completely transforming them ecologically. Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay

The number of birds in forests generally increases with logging intensity as gaps open up habitats for species that thrive in disturbed habitats and grasslands. But mammals, amphibians, butterflies, dung beetles, and ants decline as more trees are removed from a forest.

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This fringe leaf frog is particularly vulnerable to logging in Borneo forests. Credit Rhett Butler at Mongabay

“We found that mammals and amphibians are the most sensitive groups to selective logging in terms of the rate of decline in species richness,” the authors write. Removing as few as 3-4 trees from about 2.5 acres can halve the species of mammals; removing 6-8 trees halves the species of amphibians.

OO Cargill To Cut Off Suppliers Who Don’t Provide Deforestation-Free Palm Oil – such plantations are driving deforestation, especially in Indonesia.

OO Indonesia: Tin Mining, Palm Oil Plantations Wreaking Havoc On Small Island

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Only 400 breeding pairs of the magnificent Philippine Eagle remain in the wild.Wikipedia.

The Philippines: ‘Megadiversity’ Meets Mega Deforestation reports Shaira Panela at Mongabay. While logging is now banned, illegal logging is rampant, leaving only 5% of Philippine forests intact. It is the fourth most threatened forest system on the planet.

Stunning High-Resolution Map Reveals Secrets Of Peru’s Forests reportsRhett Butler at Mongabay. Peru’s landmass has just been mapped like never before, revealing important insights about the country’s forests that illustrate the value healthy and productive ecosystems afford humanity.

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The study found that vegetation in Peru stores nearly 7 billion metric tons of aboveground biomass, roughly equaling nearly twice the combined annual carbon emissions of the U.S. and China; it also documented ecosystem gradients that underpin the country’s rich biodiversity.

OO Peruvian Oil Spill Sparks Concern In Indigenous Rainforest Community

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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