Deforestation can include clearing the land for farming or livestock, or using the timber for fuel, construction or manufacturing.
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.
A first-time mother, a three-legged jaguar named Tanya, gave birth last week to a pair of cubs — the first cubs born in Argentina's Iberá National Park in decades.
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Light pollution in tropical rainforests disturbs seed-dispersing bats, potentially slowing regeneration of certain forests.
A new interactive map shows deforestation in near-real time. Satellite imagery updated monthly shows forest loss and (more rarely) gain.
Beneath the lush forests of the Amazon is a whole different level of diversity that new research says may be one of the keys to understanding how to stem the global impacts of deforestation.
After months of delay, an effort to move illegal loggers, miners and ranchers off the land of Brazil's most threatened indigenous tribe is finally underway.
More than 30,000 miles of roads were built in the part of the Amazon rain forest found in Brazil in just three years, a study that hopes to help aid efforts to stop deforestation has found.