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Paying tribute to the nation's forests

Paying tribute to the nation's forests

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Britons are being urged to pay tribute to the nation's forests by writing a poem, letter or story.The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is leading the way with a newly commissioned poem, which explores relationships between trees and humanity.Forests have inspired generations of British writers, including Shakespeare, who used woodland settings in many of his plays.More than 10% of the UK is wooded.The poem, Forest, was commissioned by the Forestry Commission, which is marking its centenary this year. In it, Duffy, who steps down this year, looks at the theme of time. "The forest keeps different time; slow hours as long as your life, so you feel human," she writes. "So you feel more human; persuaded what you are by wordless breath ...
Climate change: 'Future proofing' forests to protect orangutans

Climate change: 'Future proofing' forests to protect orangutans

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A study has identified key tree species that are resilient to climate change and support critically endangered apes.Planting them could help future proof rainforests, which are a key habitat for orangutans, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN.Researchers surveyed 250 plants in Indonesia's Kutai National Park.Over 1,000 orangutans are thought to inhabit the park, as well as other rare animals such as the Malayan sun bear."Selecting which species to plant is a significant contribution to restoring the health of this ecosystem," said study co-author Douglas Sheil."Of course, the reasons why forest cover was lost in the first place must also be addressed for reforestation efforts to succeed." ...
Yellowstone's forests could be grassland in just a few decades

Yellowstone's forests could be grassland in just a few decades

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The combination of warming, drought and wildfire could turn Yellowstone's forests into grassland by the middle of the century, scientists warn. Wildfires are a normal occurrence in most forests in the American West. Large fires are less common. In Yellowstone, big blazes rip through the park once every 100 to 300 years. Flora and fauna in Yellowstone are adapted to periodic large fires, but they need time to recover and regenerate. But according to a new study, large fires are becoming more common, and hotter, drier conditions are making it more difficult for plant and animal species to repopulate ecosystems scorched by wildfire. As prolonged droughts, extreme heatwaves and bigger fires become the new norm, scientists worry Yellowstone's forests will be grassland in just ...
To improve children's diets, conserve forests

To improve children's diets, conserve forests

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Aug. 17 (UPI) -- According to new research, children who live closer to forests are more likely to eat healthier, more nutritious foods. The findings are the latest to link forest conservation to human health. Several studies have linked proximity forests, trees and green space with positive human health and behavior outcomes. "The data show that forests aren't just correlated with improvements in people's diets," Ranaivo Rasolofoson, a scientist at the University of Vermont, said in a news release. "We show that forests cause these improvements." In developing countries, some argue trees must make way for farms and gardens to boost nutrition. But the latests findings, published this week in the journal Science Advances, suggest the opposite. Many children in developing countries consume...
UN report urges nations to take better care of world's forests

UN report urges nations to take better care of world's forests

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July 6 (UPI) -- A United Nations agricultural report Friday urges world governments to better manage shrinking forests, end deforestation and restore those that have been degraded. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's State of the World's Forests report said in addition to shade, absorption of carbon dioxide, animal habitation and lumber, forests provide about 20 percent of rural household income in developing countries. It said forests are also responsible for providing fuel, to heat and cook, for one-third of the global population. "Deforestation, chiefly caused by the conversion of forest land to agriculture and livestock areas, threatens not only the livelihoods of foresters, forest communities and indigenous peoples, but also the variety of life on our planet," the report sa...