From: University of Sheffield
Published October 20, 2017 02:16 PM

Logged Tropical Rainforests Still Support Biodiversity Even When the Heat Is On

Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed.

Scientists had previously assumed that cutting down trees caused major changes to local climates within tropical forests – something which would have a devastating effect on the animals living there.

However, new research conducted by the Universities of Sheffield, York and Universiti Malaysia Sabah, shows logged forests on the island of Borneo were thermally indistinguishable from the nearby pristine forest.

This is good news for the huge diversity of globally important species that live in logged forests, which may have previously been further destroyed or converted into agricultural land.

Read more at University of Sheffield

Image: Wallace's flying frog. (Credit: University of Sheffield: Rebecca Senior)

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