We want a forest that’s green and clean, too, says the world’s top ecologist
A report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has found that the world has a forest ecosystem that is “critical for the survival of biodiversity” and has “a very strong conservation role.”
This is particularly true in temperate forests, where the effects of climate change are becoming more severe, but also in arid regions and areas where there are few trees, the report says.
The study is the first attempt to quantify the degree to which forest ecosystems are under threat in each of these regions.
It also found that some of these forests are also important for biodiversity and that there are important lessons for the protection of forests.
The report, released in Berlin on Thursday, was led by Francesco Ficino, director of the IUCN’s division for the biological diversity of forests, and published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Ficinos’ report is not the first to suggest that climate change and forest fragmentation are a growing problem in the world, but the findings of the latest study are especially worrying, said Tim Meehl, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
“The extent to which we have been reducing forests, as well as the loss of forest land and the fragmentation of forests and landscapes, is unprecedented,” he said.
“These changes are very disruptive and have had a major impact on biodiversity.”
The report estimates that there is an increase in the number of forest fires annually around the world in the past 15 years, and it also says that forest loss has been increasing in regions where there is little rainfall.
In the northern hemisphere, the rate of forest loss is twice as high as that in the southern hemisphere, while in the tropics, the loss rate is one-third as high.
The increase in deforestation and loss of biodiversity has been happening for centuries, but this is happening more quickly and more rapidly, according to the report.
It notes that while there has been a lot of research into forest loss, there is still a lot that is not known about the causes.
“We have a lot more to learn about forest loss and its impact on ecosystems,” said MeeHL.
“If we want to protect biodiversity and forest ecosystems, we need to do better.”
The findings come as the global climate system is starting to shift, and that is making changes to ecosystems, MeeLh said.
In order to prevent further forest loss of species, the study suggests that the focus should be on improving management practices and the conservation of biodiversity.
It calls for increased attention to management of forests as a way to reduce deforestation, as a result of climate variability, as the climate changes.
“A lot of our focus is on climate change, and we have a bit of an underinvestment in biodiversity, but we also have a great amount of forest to be protected,” MeeHl said.
The authors also highlight that the forest is important for a variety of reasons, including food production, habitat protection, biodiversity, as part of the ecosystem and for energy production.
“Some of the biggest impacts of climate changes on biodiversity are in tropical regions,” MooLh told The Verge.
“It’s also important to understand how species are changing and how that affects biodiversity. “
And there’s lots of research about biodiversity changes in the Amazon rainforest, so we also need to understand what is going on there. “
It’s also important to understand how species are changing and how that affects biodiversity.
Mee-Hl, Moo-Lh, and their colleagues note that climate changes are affecting forests differently across regions. “
There’s a need to have a good understanding of how species might be affected by climate change.”
Mee-Hl, Moo-Lh, and their colleagues note that climate changes are affecting forests differently across regions.
“Climate change is a major factor in how the tropical forests are changing,” Muhl said, noting that it is a change that is likely to affect different regions.
For example, they say that climate variability can be particularly problematic in arctic areas where trees are more prone to being destroyed.
“In arctic regions, the temperature has increased, so it’s more susceptible to climate variability,” Moomhl said.
MooHL says that the Iberian Peninsula is one of the areas with the most changes to its ecosystems.
“That is where deforestation has increased,” MaaHl noted.
In northern Europe, where there has also been a shift away from arctic forests, Muhhl said that “it’s also happening in northern Europe.
And that’s one of those areas that are getting more and more affected by global climate change,” Moothl said, referring to the Northern European region.