Report: Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S.

In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires.

Deforestation in Amazon is bad news for microbes

Scientists have found that deforestation not only affects the diversity of plants and animals, but is bad news for the forest’s microbes too.

Maya empire decline accelerated by droughts and deforestation

The ancient Maya civilization flourished for an impressive six centuries, with well over a hundred city-states spread out across what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America.

Amazon basin becoming carbon emitter

Deforestation and climate change are having a psofound effect on the Amazon basin, shifting it from a carbon sink to a carbon emitter.

Google promises to help governments monitor deforestation

With widespread pessimism about the outcome of the Cancun climate summit this week, there's already one good thing that's come out of it - from Google.