Tool predicts which forests will regrow on their own

A new mapping tool will help forest managers figure out where forests will regenerate on their own—and where they need assistance.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~5 min

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Forest fires really do benefit spotted owls

Contrary to current perceptions and forest management strategies, wildfires may actually benefit populations of spotted owls.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil – changing the soy industry could stop it

Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country.

Malika Virah-Sawmy, Visiting Scientist, Humboldt University of Berlin • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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How medieval Christian ideology changed the Polish environment forever – new study

Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.

Amanda Power, Associate Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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We’ll see more fire seasons like 2020 - here’s a strategy for managing our nation’s flammable landscapes

A fire scientists offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.

Jennifer Balch, Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Earth Lab, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~8 min

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How affordable health care can fight climate change

Affordable health care could be a key tool in the fight against climate change, research from Indonesia finds.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Multiple droughts can be a mixed bag for forests

When multiple droughts build on each other, they affect forests differently than one drought alone. Researchers are beginning to understand how and why.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Restoring California's forests to reduce wildfire risks will take time, billions of dollars and a broad commitment

Restoring western forests – thinning out small trees and dead wood – is an important strategy for reducing the risk of massive wildfires. But these projects aren't fast, easy or cheap.

Martha Conklin, Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced • conversation
Oct. 13, 2020 ~10 min

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What are the health care costs of wildfire smoke?

New research estimates the yearly costs in health care due to wildfire smoke in California. The costs are staggering and rising.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~8 min

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A proposed mine threatens Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~10 min

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