AI maps forest dryness to better predict wildfires

A new AI model that maps moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states opens the door for better wildfire predictions.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: earth-and-environment artifical-intelligence maps satellites wildfire

Climate change may spark more Pacific Northwest wildfires

"We can't attribute single fire events to climate change. But the trends in large fire events... are consistent with expected trends in a warming climate."

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change droughts forests wildfire

Bedroom air filters ease breathing for kids with asthma

Bedroom air filters can alleviate—and may even prevent—asthmatic flareups in children, a new study shows.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine asthma childrens-health filters pollution wildfire

California wildfires are getting more destructive

Worsening wildfires in California are part of a long-term trend "toward more wildfires that burn larger areas and cause more damage," says Andrew Plantinga.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment california wildfire

Prescribed burns help forests survive megafires

Even in extreme wildfires, thinning and prescribed burns to reduce the number of small trees and shrubs can pay off in the long run, a new study shows.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment fire forests trees wildfire

Cats burned in California wildfires also had heart problems

"These cats could be the canary in the coal mine, letting us know what might happen if more people are exposed to these types of wildfires."

Amy Quinton-UC Davis • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine cats heart-disease hearts wildfire

Bats might actually benefit from wildfires

Bats face many threats—but a new study shows wildfire isn't one of them. In fact, some actually benefit from it.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 5, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology bats forests habitat wildfire

Climate change will make California wildfires even worse

Climate has been a major driver for wildfire severity in California's Sierra Nevada region, which also means that future climate change will drive

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Oct. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment california climate-change forests indigenous-people wildfire

Gel-like fluid fights wildfires before they start

A gel-like fluid could offer a simple, affordable treatment to dramatically cut the number of wildfires that occur each year. It even works when it's wet.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured california forests gels wildfire

Reports may ‘dangerously underestimate’ Amazon fires

Just how much of the Amazon is burning? An expert weighs in on the most reliable methods for assessing the scale and significance of the fires.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Sept. 19, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: earth-and-environment amazon climate-change forests wildfire

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