More than a dozen tropical developing countries have implemented policies to reduce rates of deforestation and cut their net emissions of global warming pollution. According to recent studies, it's working. In fact, these countries may have already accomplished more for the climate than many developed nations.
The breezy dark corridors between a city's tallest buildings seem like shady respites from the blistering summer sun. But it turns out those shadowy urban canyons are actually making your city more hell-like. NASA released some images today shot from the International Space Station which help to illustrate why.
In the future, we may be able to farm trees in a much more sustainable way — by paying attention to the microbes that grow in forests. A new study reveals which forests can be farmed without the risk of releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Smog dims the city of lights; our streetlamps might be driving away bats; and everyone's least favorite infectious disease, measles, has popped up in yet another city. It's all in this week's all-Gizmodo look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
A disturbing series of headlines made their way around the internet this week. "Artificial Light Is Now Harming Rain Forests," read one at Vice News. Smithsonian went with the more sedate, "Restoring Cut Rainforests Might Not Work Well If There's Light Pollution Nearby." That's bad news for rain forests! Except it's…
Google has partnered with more than 40 other organizations to create a sobering deforestation-monitoring tool. Called Global Forest Watch, the tool enables visitors to witness worldwide deforestation as it happens, in near-realtime.
The rainforests of the world are rapidly disappearing due to a range of issues, including illegal logging and cattle ranching. Now, researchers have pinpointed another surprising factor in the destruction of the rainforests in Central America: Drug trafficking.
The city of Boca do Acre is a beautiful place to live, almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest—for now. Because you shouldn't be fooled by the pretty colors in this image: it actually reveals the rapid rate of deforestation in the area.
What do you get when Google, the University of Maryland, and NASA's Landsat 7 satellite team up? A very sobering view of man's impact on the earth. It only took us 12 years to destroy all that forest.
Thanks to satellite data from NASA and Google, researchers discovered that North Korea has begun logging the Mount Paekdu Biosphere Reserve, a 326,000-acre United Nations forest preserve and habitat of the endangered Siberian tiger.
Google's services are getting stronger and more powerful with every passing week. Today's announcement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen could be a real game-changer, especially in South America and Australia, where deforestation is rife.
Here's a video showing Buffy / Firefly creator Joss Whedon and Battlestar Galactica remaker Ronald D. Moore dumping half a million pencils into a box that's being sent to Hollywood fatcats to help illustrate the writer's strike. Here's an idea: let's cut down the entire forest and ship reams of blank white paper to…