Month: September 2016


Ecosystem services, mountain forests and climate change

When speculating on what is going to happen to our forests in an uncertain future, it is hard to generalize. Impacts on tree growth, regeneration and mortality due to climate change and other factors (e.g., forest management, disturbances) are usually quantified with scenario modelling at course, large-scale. However, given the heterogeneity of European mountain forests, the effects of climate change on ecosystem services at the local-scale seems to be highly variable. Read more what researchers from ETH Zürich in collaboration with other European partners found.

International Forestry

Degradation of REDD – interview with prof. O.Hofstad

Thanks to many comments after the post RE(D)D is BAD and curiosity of Forest Monitor readers, who required more facts and details about the REDD Program, I invited for an interview an expert in this field prof. Ole Hofstad from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). We discuss issues such as degradation of REDD Program, hopes for its future or illegal logging issues. The interview will be published in three parts. The I Part of the interview is focusing on REDD in general, PES and Norwegian experience with REDD. Enjoy!  

International Forestry

Does EU destroy forests in Southeast U.S?

The European Commission proposal is to maintain the EU’s position as a world leader in renewable energy and the EU has declared it would use wood from sustainable sources only. Fast growing conditions, abundant forest resources, and low-cost transatlantic freight make the Southeast U.S. an attractive source of biomass imports for the EU. The following questions arise: What are the impacts of the EU on Southeast U.S? Can these impacts affect sustainable forestry in that region? Read more what researchers from USA, Sweden and Poland found.


Trees call for water when they are thirsty

When we are dehydrated, it means that our bodies do not have enough water to carry out normal tasks. Then thirst is appearing as the main symptom. To the other symptoms of dehydration, we can include headache, dry mouth or feeling tired or lightheaded. These symptoms make us wanting water. Have you ever been thinking how trees behave when they are running out of water? Read more what scientists from France discovered.


CO2 fertilizes forests around the globe

The contribution of CO2 fertilization to the future global Carbon cycle has been uncertain, especially in forest ecosystems. This uncertainty may significantly affect climate change predictions. Researchers from the USA, under the leadership of Richard Norby from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, examined the response of net primary productivity (NPP) to elevated Co2 in four free-air CO2 enrichment experiments in forest stands. Can their results change our trust towards climate modeling exercises? Read more, what they have found!

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The Internet harms global demand for paper products

The Internet together with other information and communication technologies, such as personal computers and cellular phones, have provided an electronic alternative to newspapers and printed materials in recent decades. Researchers from the United States examined this year how Internet adoption has affected worldwide demand for newsprint and printing and writing papers. What have they found? Check this out!