New study finds logged tropical forests are surprisingly vibrant and need protection

Logging affects many of the world's tropical forests, and such forests are often considered degraded because they have lost vegetation structure, biomass and carbon stocks. But there has rarely been analysis of whether the ecological health and functionality of these ecosystems are similarly degraded. A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford, finds that logged rainforests are treasure-troves of healthy ecological function and should not be written off for oil palm plantations.

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SoGE research in North-west Zambia: DRYCAB Project

Climate change is expected to impose a considerable burden on the southern African region as it is one of two land-based areas of the planet where large-scale drying is projected to occur in future decades. A lot of the early summer drying is expected to result from the late onset of the rains after the six month long dry season. However much of what we know depends entirely on models rather than observations. In an effort to sharpen our understanding, a team from Oxford joined up with the Zambian Met Department from August to November 2022 to compile a comprehensive dataset on the onset of the rainy season as part of the NERC funded DRYCAB project.

Storms over the Democratic Republic of Congo from the DRYCAB camp at Nchila in NW Zambia (photo Charlie Knight).

Is the future of transport electric?

Focusing solely on electric vehicles and technology is actually slowing down the path to zero emissions. Christian Brand, Associate Professor in Transport, Energy and Environment and chapter contributor to Greta Thunberg's new 'The Climate Book' explains how we meet Paris-compliant decarbonisation targets for the transport sector.

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