tropical forests

Rainforests Are Regrowing: Will Displaced Species Return?

Article: Rainforests Are Regrowing: Will Displaced Species Return?

WASHINGTON, DC, January 12, 2009 (ENS) – Vast stretches of abandoned tropical forests that were once logged or farmed are regrowing, prompting a international debate among scientists meeting at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History today. At issue is the extent to which this rainforest regrowth might reduce the loss of biodiversity. Scientists have…

Fossil Reveals Ancient Primates Took Refuge in Texas

Article: Fossil Reveals Ancient Primates Took Refuge in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – More than 43 million years ago, when tropical forests and active volcanoes covered west Texas, primates chose to live there in preference to cooler northern climates, according to new fossil evidence discovered by Chris Kirk, physical anthropologist at the University of Texas at Austin. Directing a field project…

Papua New Guinea Forests Being Cut and Burned Away

Article: Papua New Guinea Forests Being Cut and Burned Away

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, June 3, 2008 (ENS) – At the same time that the government of Papua New Guinea is seeking compensation for conserving the carbon-trapping capacity of its the world’s third largest expanse of tropical forests, destruction of these forests is occurring so fast that by 2021 most of the areas accessible…