Deforestation happens when forests are permanently destroyed. The main culprits? Cutting down trees to make room for housing and urbanization, harvesting timber for commercial uses and creating room for cattle ranching or farming. In addition to destroying animal habitat, deforestation contributes to climate change and it also leads to soil erosion. Here is the latest science news about deforestation and how it is affecting our world.
After years of failed attempts, scientists have finally succeeded in snapping images of an extremely rare, enormous rat that is so big it can reportedly chew through coconuts on the Solomon Islands.
Data collected by the International Space Station has revealed a small fraction of leaves in the world's tropical rainforests are already exceeding peak temperatures, and scientists warn that this could increase.
The white anteater, known as Alvin, was first spotted late last year clinging to his mother's back.
Deforestation can include clearing the land for farming or livestock, or using the timber for fuel, construction or manufacturing.
What animal species will survive projected future droughts, rising temperatures and habitat loss?
New research points out that the Mayans themselves had a hand in the demise of their empire.
The Mongol invasion may have caused a small reduction in global CO2, though it was overshadowed by agriculture.
The enormous pledge encompasses over 85% of the world's forests and more than 100 nations.
From Borneo to Bolivia, here are just a handful of places around the world were deforestation has become a real problem
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