Tropical Forests In Danger, Sinkholes In China and A New Deadly Frog

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Breaking Geography News…

Can Climate Policies Alone Save The Rainforests?

No. That’s what the University of Leeds is saying anyway, in a recent study funded by the institution.

In fact, summaries from their results have suggested that efforts to conserve forests, by expounding their carbon storage value, might do more to endanger the remaining forests than help them.

Although there are many international programmes in place with the aim of protecting the carbon stocks of the world’s forests, many of these don’t take into consideration the protection of the forest’s biodiversity.

The study found that biodiversity was not causally linked to carbon storage, but it could still be an important factor looking into the future. Writer on the study, Dr. Sullivan, took Borneo for an example, expounding the importance of protecting forests which have both high carbon stocks and tree diversity.


Sinkhole In China Eats 25 Tonnes Of Fish In One Night

Chinese officials are currently puzzling over a giant sinkhole, over 5 metres wide, which opened up underneath a local farmer’s fish farm, destroying his livelihood.

Between the hours of 4 and 5 in the morning, the sink hole opened and began draining the pond above of all it’s water – including some 25 tonnes of fish within.

The current theory is that work being undertaken at a nearby quarry is the cause of the hole, however there has yet to be a complete investigation. The farm constituted a part of collective, meaning that the loss of fish could well impact the entire local community.

Sinkholes can occur for a number of reasons, both man-made and environmental. They usually occur when rock beneath the surface is made of limestone, salt beds or other such rocks that can be dissolved by water running through them. It remains to be seen whether this particular example was caused naturally or by the local quarry work.


Peru Holds More Poisonous Secrets

There are apparently many more secrets to be discovered within the Earth’s forests.

Buried deep within the Peruvian Amazon, herpetologist Shirley Jennifer Serrano Rojas has discovered a new species of poison dart frog – however she may be a little short on time studying it.

In the summer of 2013, Serrano Rojas, along with other members of the Crees Foundation (a Peruvian Foundation created with the aim of sustaining the Amazon and the diverse species it contains) was recording the sounds of a nearby stream when she heard a call she had not heard before.

After finally netting the elusive frog, named Ameerega shihuemoy, the scientists discovered that not only was this a new species but that it also displayed wholly unique behaviours in regards to their reproduction cycle. Unfortunately, considering the rate of deforestation in the Amazon, they will be racing against the clock to research this species and discover more, which disappear daily.

 

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