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Calves are most at risk from rising temperaturesBy making new use of historical records, scientists have shown that climate change could have a greater impact on Myanmar's elephants' dwindling numbers than previously thought.

Hannah Mumby from the University of Sheffield, who led the study, found that the already endangered species faces further struggle as even the slightest temperature change can lower their chances of survival dramatically. 

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Myanmar's forest coverage has now reduced to remain only one fifth of the country's total area, calling for total stop of exporting woods to foreign countries, local media quoted the Lower House's Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee as reporting Wednesday. 

Total forest coverage area was down to 24 percent in 2008 from 51 percent in 2005, 57 percent in 1962 and 70 percent in Konbaung dynasty, the committee's secretary U Thein Lwin told a recent national seminar workshop on energy, environment and climate change held in Nay Pyi Taw. 

Read more: Myanmar to stop exporting wood logs?

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An official warned that Myanmar is facing a deforestation crisis due to poor forest management, illegal logging, and fuelwood collection, reports Chinese state media.

U Thein Lwin, secretary of the Lower House's Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee, claimed during a workshop on energy, environment and climate change that forest cover had fallen from 51 percent in 2005 to 24 percent in 2008. However the figures differed substantially with independent assessments of Myanmar's forest cover. A paper published earlier this year in the journal, Science, estimated Myanmar's forest cover at 46-48 percent based on satellite analysis, while research published last year inPNASput the number at above 50 percent. The U.N. last year reported 48 percent forest cover for Myanmar in 2010.

Read more: Burma warns of deforestation crisis

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