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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Turning Over a New Leaf in China's Forests
5 July 2012 2:20 pm
Last week's Rio+20 sustainable development conference in Brazil pledged to protect the world's forests by promoting secure land tenure. Many conservationists were disappointed that the nonbinding declaration left an opening for conversion of natural forests to industrial use and building infrastructure. But China has already implemented substantial tenure reforms, aiming to revitalize China's rural economy while throwing a lifeline to tattered forest ecosystems, and no other country's efforts may prove more critical. The reforms allow villages to determine tenure rights in the roughly 60% of China's forestland that has been collectively owned for decades, affecting about 100 million hectares and some 400 million people. Early signs suggest that the reforms are boosting land productivity and forest cover. But some experts caution that the reforms create the potential for forest fragmentation and complicate the task of sustainable management.