Commodity-driven deforestation is most responsible, with farming and forestry also playing a major role in the global tree cover loss.
Tree cover loss in the tropics was outweighed by tree cover gain in subtropical, temperate, boreal, and polar regions.
And with tropical forests storing almost 250 billion tons of carbon, their fate has major implications for the Earth's atmosphere.
Conservation groups report that wetland forests are being drained, logged, burned, shipped across the Atlantic, and converted to monoculture pine plantations to create woody biomass.
A new study sheds light on which trees are the most suited for dealing with changing weather patterns in the region.
In order to better understand just how extreme the state's weather has gotten, scientists looked to the ring patterns of 500-year-old oaks.
A study shows that most of the variation in plants and trees comes down to just two factors: overall size and the "leaf economics spectrum."
A linguist and top pomologists attempt to answer what should be a simple inquiry. Oddly enough, the answer brings a complicated tale of devil strawberries, insurance companies, inferior fruit, and the messy line between literal and metaphorical interpretation.
Hands-off care of the forests around Mount Rushmore may have created a sweet spot for an ancient enemy of the Ponderosa pine — the mountain pine beetle.
Reforesting efforts in Haiti may not provide immediate relief, but could create a renewable and sustainable supply of food and fuel for desperate villages.
While it's widely acknowledged that forests can be useful for holding carbon, they release phenomenal amounts of greenhouse gases when they burn.