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Congo Basin Deforestation Contributes Rising Regional Temperatures

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:02
Nature World: As global temperatures are expected to rise by 2050, deforestation in the Congo Basin could exacerbate regional temperature extremes by a factor of half, according to new research. Current models predict that by 2050, Central Africa will be an average of 1.4 degrees Celsius hotter than it is today as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions, and deforestation will add 0.7 degrees Celsius to that figure, according to a study by University of Leuven in Belgium. Deforestation in the Congo Basin...
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Congo Basin Deforestation Contributes Rising Regional Temperatures

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:02
Nature World: As global temperatures are expected to rise by 2050, deforestation in the Congo Basin could exacerbate regional temperature extremes by a factor of half, according to new research. Current models predict that by 2050, Central Africa will be an average of 1.4 degrees Celsius hotter than it is today as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions, and deforestation will add 0.7 degrees Celsius to that figure, according to a study by University of Leuven in Belgium. Deforestation in the Congo Basin...
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Web of Intrigue: New Spider Species Spotted on Fort Pierre National Grassland

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:00
When a new species is discovered on the planet, people usually imagine a discovery process that is dangerous and remote in location. However, one scientist didn’t have to venture far from home to learn about a few new discoveries that has the science community spinning about a native grassland ecosystem in South Dakota. Arachnid hunter [...]
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Web of Intrigue: New Spider Species Spotted on Fort Pierre National Grassland

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:00
When a new species is discovered on the planet, people usually imagine a discovery process that is dangerous and remote in location. However, one scientist didn’t have to venture far from home to learn about a few new discoveries that has the science community spinning about a native grassland ecosystem in South Dakota. Arachnid hunter [...]
Categories: Europe

Web of Intrigue: New Spider Species Spotted on Fort Pierre National Grasslands

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:00
When a new species is discovered on the planet, people usually imagine a discovery process that is dangerous and remote in location. However, one scientist didn’t have to venture far from home to learn about a few new discoveries that has the science community spinning about a native grassland ecosystem in South Dakota. Arachnid hunter [...]
Categories: Forest

Web of Intrigue: New Spider Species Spotted on Fort Pierre National Grasslands

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 20:00
When a new species is discovered on the planet, people usually imagine a discovery process that is dangerous and remote in location. However, one scientist didn’t have to venture far from home to learn about a few new discoveries that has the science community spinning about a native grassland ecosystem in South Dakota. Arachnid hunter [...]
Categories: Europe

Nearly a thousand environmental activists murdered since 2002

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:34
Mongabay: At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that another NGO, Survival International, released a video of a gunman terrorizing a Guarani indigenous community in Brazil, which has recently resettled on land taken from them by ranchers decades ago. According to the report,...
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Nearly a thousand environmental activists murdered since 2002

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:34
Mongabay: At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that another NGO, Survival International, released a video of a gunman terrorizing a Guarani indigenous community in Brazil, which has recently resettled on land taken from them by ranchers decades ago. According to the report,...
Categories: Europe

Moth Study shows Climate Change Effects Masked

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:02
Nature World: While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view. "You see it getting warmer, you see it getting wetter, and you see that the moth populations are either...
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Moth Study shows Climate Change Effects Masked

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:02
Nature World: While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view. "You see it getting warmer, you see it getting wetter, and you see that the moth populations are either...
Categories: Europe

Call for African Forest Forum (AFF) External Evaluation Consultants

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:01

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the quest for and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of the environment they live in.

The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform for information sharing and expertise and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, promote economic and social development and protect the environment. More information on AFF is available at www.afforum.org.

Full details and Terms of Reference for External Assessment Consultants is attached.

 

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Call for African Forest Forum (AFF) External Evaluation Consultants

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 19:01

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the quest for and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of the environment they live in.

The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform for information sharing and expertise and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, promote economic and social development and protect the environment. More information on AFF is available at www.afforum.org.

Full details and Terms of Reference for External Assessment Consultants is attached.

 

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Announcement of New Funding: DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa

Global Forest Information Service - Tue, 2014-04-15 18:52

The Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announce new funding of £20m for climate research in Africa. The 5 year programme ‘Future Climate for Africa’ (FCFA) will support research to better understand climate variability and change across sub-Saharan Africa. Its focus will be on advancing scientific knowledge, understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change, together with support for better integration of science into longer-term decision making, leading to improved climate risk management and the protection of lives and livelihoods.


In the second half of April 2014, DFID/NERC will launch a global open Announcement of Opportunity for world-leading multi-disciplinary research consortia to improve scientific understanding and prediction of extreme weather and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa and enhance the use of this information in real decisions. FCFA places the concept of Climate Services at its core and will specifically target sectors involved in longer-term decision making, such as infrastructure, water resources management, energy and urban planning. The partnership between DFID and NERC reflects the triple focus of the programme on scientific excellence, achieving impact and strengthening scientific capacity and international collaboration. The programme will take a co-production approach, providing information and services that are designed and tested with practitioners to inform real decisions. It will also place equal emphasis on extracting more value from existing climate information as generating new information and will draw on multiple disciplines to do this.
Further information is available at: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/fcfa/

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Announcement of New Funding: DFID-NERC Future Climate for Africa

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-04-15 18:52

The Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announce new funding of £20m for climate research in Africa. The 5 year programme ‘Future Climate for Africa’ (FCFA) will support research to better understand climate variability and change across sub-Saharan Africa. Its focus will be on advancing scientific knowledge, understanding and prediction of African climate variability and change, together with support for better integration of science into longer-term decision making, leading to improved climate risk management and the protection of lives and livelihoods.


In the second half of April 2014, DFID/NERC will launch a global open Announcement of Opportunity for world-leading multi-disciplinary research consortia to improve scientific understanding and prediction of extreme weather and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa and enhance the use of this information in real decisions. FCFA places the concept of Climate Services at its core and will specifically target sectors involved in longer-term decision making, such as infrastructure, water resources management, energy and urban planning. The partnership between DFID and NERC reflects the triple focus of the programme on scientific excellence, achieving impact and strengthening scientific capacity and international collaboration. The programme will take a co-production approach, providing information and services that are designed and tested with practitioners to inform real decisions. It will also place equal emphasis on extracting more value from existing climate information as generating new information and will draw on multiple disciplines to do this.
Further information is available at: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/fcfa/

Categories: Europe