Unhealthy air quality in Singapore is back in the news again this week. In the last few days, the Pollutant Standards Index in Singapore reached 148 meaning that the air quality was “very unhealthy”. Unlike most cities in the world, this poor air quality is not caused by cars or industry but by forest fires.
One of UBoC’s friends at the University of York, Dr Andy Marshall, has discovered a new 20-metre tall tropical tree in East Africa – and he’s inviting schools to choose a name for this new species, through the Schools for Forests campaign.
Last week, members of the UBoC team visited Flamingo Land theme park and zoo to meet with members of the Collaboration for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning (CIRCLE).
CIRCLE, a partnership between the University of York and Flamingo Land, carries out ground-breaking scientific research into conservation at both the local and global scale. UBoC have helped with CIRCLE’s conservation efforts by funding aspects of the Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP) in Tanzania. The UFP is based in the Magombera Forest and aims to conserve and research threatened species and their habitats, whilst improving the livelihoods of, and educating, local communities.
UBoC’s academic partners at the University of Leeds, the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre, officially launched on the 24th November 2014 with an event held in the School of Earth and Environment.
The aim of LEAF is to bring together all the forest-related research being conducted across the University of Leeds. By linking researchers across faculties, LEAF will strengthen existing collaborations and encourage new inter-departmental partnerships, establishing the University of Leeds as a leading national centre in forest research.
Over the weekend of 8th and 9th March, volunteers from UBoC, the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre, and academics from the University of Leeds joined forces with the Forestry Commission and successfully planted 4000 oak trees in the Lake District.
The tree planting was part of a push by the Forestry Commission to restore cleared felled upland commercial woodlands back to semi-natural woodlands.
Contrary to the widely held view, a recent study has demonstrated that old trees continue to sequester carbon at a greater rate than their younger counterparts.
The team found that carbon accumulation does scale with size; the largest trees in the study were growing at a rate of over 600 kg per year! This happens because the increase in total leaf area, with increasing tree size, proves to be more important than the declining productivity of leaves as trees age.
Congratulations to our supporter Straight plc for being one of the first listed on the newly established Social Stock Exchange.
A study published this week, led by researchers at the University of Leeds, has indicated that rings in certain types of tropical trees can be used to determine rainfall patterns in the Amazon. Continue reading Amazon rainfall history recorded by tree rings
A new report released by the organisation Global Witness reveals that over the past two years in Liberia, approximately 26, 000 square kilometres of forest (one quarter of the country’s entire land area) has been sold to 16 different companies via a legal loophole. Continue reading Not a good newsweek for international forestry…..