Keeping trees in the ground where they are already growing is an effective low-tech way to slow climate change
Permanently protecting large, mature forests is a faster and cheaper way to stabilize Earth's climate than complex carbon capture and storage schemes, and more effective than planting new trees.
Feb. 22, 2021 • ~9 min
Trees may be more resilient to future dry spells than scientists first thought.
Jan. 18, 2021 • ~6 min
Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.
Nov. 20, 2020 • ~7 min
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.
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~8 min
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.
Oct. 13, 2020 • ~10 min
Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~10 min
Evolution on the smallest of scales smooths out the patchwork patterns of where plants and animals live
Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~10 min
Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.
Sept. 16, 2020 • ~10 min
Chimpanzees in volatile habitats evolved to behave more flexibly – it could help them weather climate change
As in humans, environmental changes provoked chimpanzees to develop a diverse range of behaviours.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~7 min
We analysed 210,000 tree ring records from 80 different species, and found the trade off between growth and lifespan may neutralise the forest carbon sink.
Sept. 8, 2020 • ~7 min