The fresh smell of pine trees is well-loved, featured in scented candles and dangling car fresheners everywhere. But it may have a greater role in improving the quality of our lives than we first suspected: new research says that the smell o
While it may seem counter-intuitive to water trees during a drought, trees are often key to a sufficient local water supply. Los Angeles-based nonprofit Tree People has issued a call for residents to take care of urban and community trees despite three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, which has contributed to California’s most severe drought emergency in decades.
Recent studies show that drought in the Amazon increases the release of carbon into the atmosphere. The Amazon’s role as a major carbon sink (representing half of the entire planet’s tropical rainforests) is well-known, but climate-induced conditions are changing these perceptions. Drought plays a significant role in carbon release/retention: during a 2010 drought, the rainfo
A recent study by the Washington State Academy of Sciences predicts that laminated root rot, a native pest found in Douglas fir stands throughout the Northwest, is likely to become an increasing threat as the climate changes.
"It's as if, on your favorite sports team, you find out the star players are a bunch of 90-year-olds," says Nate Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. While studies found that trees do indeed slow their rate of vertical growth, their mass actually increases at a continuous rate as they grow older and older.
While tornadoes have the Fujita scale and hurricanes the Saffir-Simpson scale, the “Sperry-Piltz Ice Accumulation Index” (SPIA) uses forecast information to rate an upcoming ice storm’s impact from 0 (little impact) to 5 (catastrophic damage).
The World Bank has announced the launch of a $280 million BioCarbon Fund Initiative, titled 'Sustainable Forest Landscapes,' to be funded by the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Examples of activities that may be supported under the new initiative include improved livestock management, climate smart agriculture, sustainable forest management, and the promotion of markets for sustainably produced products.
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