Pristine tropical forests once cleared never completely regenerate: new study - 23 Sep 2011  
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Noting the massive loss of biodiversity in Southeast Asia over the past 50 years, a new study led by Australian scientists finds that original tropical forests, once felled, never fully recover, as it calls for conservation of pristine forests to maintain their diverse and irreplaceable life forms.

A ceremony on September 17, 2011 officially launched the Elwha River Restoration Project in Washington, USA, where the removal of the 100-year-old Glines Canyon and Elwha dams will enable river ecosystems to recover as well as five species of salmon to return to their natural migration routes.  

As announced by regional officials on September 18, 2011, drought in Indonesia's East Java province has spread to 29 districts, with fires that have ignited from mere friction between dry shrubs and many villages facing critical water shortages.