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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Permafrost is permanently frozen ground – but shifts in climate is causing much of that ground to melt at an unprecedented rate, resulting “slumping land” which cracks pavement, breaks pipelines, opens holes, and changes the way that trees grow.  7 to 8 percent of the land in the middle boreal zone in Alaska is showing...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
“Climate change information is often presented at scales that are hard to digest,” said Stephen Handler, the lead author for the Michigan Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis, “This report is designed to give forest managers in Michigan the best possible science of effects of climate change for our...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Can flamethrowers help trees migrate?  Recently, the Nature Conservancy set fire to a 20-acre field where they had previously planted about 1,000 longleaf pine seedlings to find out.  The seedlings were planted just north of their typical range: as climate change makes their natural range unsuitable, the trees will need to...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and longer growing seasons predicted for the future may require that some tree species move into new areas to adapt to these new conditions.  Those unable to adapt or move quickly enough may succumb to climate change:  researchers with the U.S. Forest Service Eastern...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Supporting President Obama’s Climate Action Plan goal of preserving the role of forests in mitigating climate change, the economic value of sustainable forestry just went up with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of a new partnership to train architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of advanced...
Friday, March 7, 2014
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 of pine trees may have a significant impact on climate change. The chemicals...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
“You are a snail. You are a plant. You like where you are. The temperature's right. It suits you. But…as a global average….temperatures are changing at a rate of 0.42 kilometers – or roughly, a quarter mile a year, which means that if you standing on a patch of earth, climate zones are moving at a rate (on average) of...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie announced a multi-year partnership between the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called the Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership.  This...

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