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Fighting to breathe in the face of Canada’s wildfire emergency
Call to actionBC Wildfire ServiceBy Mika McKinnon in Kamloops, British ColumbiaIt’s stiflingly hot and I’m trapped inside a dome of smoke. I know I’m in a river valley nestled within mountain ranges,...
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
A new study counters the view that tropical forests were pristine natural environments prior to modern agriculture and industrialization. Moreover, humans have in fact been having a dramatic impact on...
Underwater forest preserved since Ice Age
An ancient underwater forest found south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico could provide a time capsule to a pre-human era on Earth.The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000...
Instead of chasing storms, ice researchers create their own
WOODSTOCK, N.H. - The sparkling ice spread through a small stand of trees in the White Mountain National Forest so precisely, it could have been applied by Elsa, Disney’s “Frozen” queen. Within the basketball...
Huge area of US West burned due to warming climate
EnlargeUSFS Gila National Forest reader comments 14 Share this story Wildfires in the American West can make for apocalyptic images, but they’re also routine, as the heat of the dry season can turn large...
Plan to replant millions of trees in central England in trouble
Peter Cairns/2020VISIONBy Aisling Irwin The grand plan to reforest a swathe of the English Midlands is slowing down. The UK’s visionary National Forest scheme aims to turn a third of a 500-square-kilometre...
Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls, long-term study finds
Could periodic forest thinning and prescribed burns intended to prevent dangerous "megafires" help conserve owls in the long run? Or are those benefits outweighed by their short-term harm to owls? The...
New Team Trying to Stop Another Year of Massive Indonesian Wildfires
Indonesian organizations are teaming up for the massive task of preventing forest and ground fires that blanket the region in haze every year during the dry season. Last year, fires in the peatland forest...
Forest discovery: Trees trade carbon among each other
Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbors, botanists report. The extensive carbon trade among trees -- even among different species --...
Never tried virtual reality? Here's what it's like
In character from her 2014 film "Wild," she is bedraggled but radiant and seems close enough and real enough to bother for a sip of her water. Apatosaurus, I am in a different kind of forest, stationed...
Elephant rampage caught on camera
An elephant taking part in holy festivities at the Bhagavathi Temple in Pulappatta in the south Indian state of Kerala, turned against the occasion and went on a wild rampage on Thursday. According to...
Study: Climate Change Threatens ‘Nearly All' US Forests
Nearly all forests in the United States are under threat from climate change, new research indicates. Writing in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers from 14 institutions say higher temperatures...
Study uses GPS to explore deers' relationship with the forest
A map shows all 2,570 locations collected on one deer throughout 2013. Credit: Duane Diefenbach White-tailed deer, though cute and wide-eyed like Bambi, can wreak havoc on the land around them. And no...
Blue Forest hatches nest-shaped treehouse development
British luxury treehouse builder Blue Forest, the same firm responsible for the Quiet Treehouse and Eco-PERCH, recently unveiled its plan to construct a low-impact vacation home development in the UK....
New report provides conservation, management strategies for yellow-cedar in Alaska
The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station today released a new report that outlines a climate adaptation strategy for yellow-cedar in Alaska. The report, A Climate Adaptation Strategy...
Trees employ similar strategies to outcompete their neighbors
How more than 1,000 tree species may occur in a small area of forest in Amazonia or Borneo is an unsolved mystery. Their ability to co-exist may depend on how trees get along with their neighbors. A new...
Cost effective monitoring to help preserve forest diversity
Protecting genetic diversity is essential to ensuring that European forests have the flexibility to adapt to future environmental conditions and societal demands. A newly developed monitoring protocol...
Protecting our forests this bushfire season
How old does a forest have to be to bounce back after fire? Credit: National Forest This bushfire season, how can we best protect our forests—and the millions of dollars spent in recreating them? The...
Modeling Amazonian transitional forest micrometeorology
What can mathematical modeling teach us about the micrometeorology of the southern Amazonian 'transitional' forest? Quite a lot, it turns out. This particular forest is located between the rain forest...
Nanotube "forest" in a microfluidic channel may help detect rare proteins and viruses
A patterned and cylindrical structure made up of carbon nanotubes. Engineers at MIT have devised a new technique for trapping hard-to-detect molecules, using forests of carbon nanotubes. The team modified...
Project shows how fragmentation harms forests' ability to store carbon
Fragmented forests in Myanmar suffer reduced carbon storage capacity following deforestation for roads, timber or agriculture. Credit: Lisa Mandle Scientists have been significantly overestimating the...
Are forest climate mitigation strategies one-size-fits-all?
The IPCC's Fifth Assessment lists sustainable harvesting as having the most significant climate mitigation benefit for the world's forests. This view has been widely embraced, from the media to forest...
Remote cameras offer glimpse into the 'forgotten forests' of South Sudan
Camera trapping survey captures newest country's first photographic records of forest elephants, African golden cat and more… Remote sensing cameras ('camera traps') have given scientists an unprecedented...
Lidar scanning can help identify structurally heterogeneous forest areas
The inequality of tree sizes in a forest is an important factor affecting its structure and ecology. Forest management practices favouring natural regeneration can result in greater heterogeneity and complexity...
Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades
Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier was facing the wood chipper before an initiative in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to finance the project to help...
Ancient fossil forest unearthed in Arctic Norway
Reconstructed drawing of fossil forest in Svalbard UK researchers have unearthed ancient fossil forests, thought to be partly responsible for one of the most dramatic shifts in the Earth's climate in...
With invasive insects and development looming, New York forest land may be peaking
With 63 percent of the state forested, New York may be nearing a peak in forest land. In a comprehensive inventory of the state's forests conducted between 2008 and 2012, researchers with the USDA Forest...
Indigenous From Amazon See Brazil Nut as Forest's Future
The creation story of the Cinta Larga people holds that they were born out of the fruit of the Brazil nut tree. Now they are betting that the mighty tree could be the key to their very future in the Amazon...
African lion survival may be dependent on corridor creation
An image of a lion in the study area named Cecil captured by collaborator A. Loveridge Across Africa, lion populations are threatened by continued reductions in their range and associated genetic isolation....
Raising the standard: Communities, forests and carbon management
Dr Tim Cadman. Credit: Griffith University In a world first, a newly released standard for the good governance of forest projects in Nepal will ensure the management of forest-based carbon is guided by...
Chinese smuggling endangers rare Philippine turtles
The Philippine Forest Turtle is one of numerous freshwater turtles being taken by poachers for sale to China, to the exotic food, medicine and pet trade, wildlife officials say Chinese demand for forest...
Rio reintroduces howler monkeys after century's absence
Scientists have given Rio de Janeiro something to shout about with the reintroduction of howler monkeys to the city's famed Tijuca forest after a century's absence. Tijuca, a thick forest rising up to...
VR experience gives viewers a forest animal's POV (Tomorrow Daily 262)
Ashley discusses Magic Leap's newest intriguing video, a VR experience that allows viewers to see a forest the way various animals would and a project from MIT that could someday change how assembly lines...
Protected and intact forests lost at an alarming rate around the world
Protected and intact forests have been lost at a rapid rate during the first 12 years of this century. According to researchers at Aalto University, Finland, 3% of the protected forest, 2.5% of the intact...
Kids tricked when 'realistic game' turns out to be actual forest
Get a group of kids together these days and chances are pretty good they'll be looking at some kind of mobile screen rather than the world around them. To get kids to realize the real world is worth enjoying,...
Forest storm resilience improved with latest software
Windblown Corsican pine. Credit: Forestry Commission Software to help protect forests from storm damage is being released today by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission. The...
What is a forest? NASA/USGS mission helps answer the question
Examining eight different satellite-derived maps of global forest cover, a team of scientists from NASA and other institutions noticed striking differences. The forested area on the maps differed by as...
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