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What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires

A synthesis study looks at how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. The authors also suggest how managers and individual landowners in different ecosystems can best prepare.

To Fight The Pandemic, The World Returns To Fossil Fuels

March 2020 will be the month the western world changed. As March began, there was relative normalcy except in China and isolated places in east Asia. By month’s end, much of the West – indeed, the entire world – was in quarantine….

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Plant disease primarily spreads via roadsides

A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily spreads via roadsides because traffic raises the spores found on roadsides efficiently into the air.

Global warming fuels bark beetles, tree-killing menaces – Yale Climate Connections

Mountain pine beetle damage to a forest in British Columbia. (Photo credit: UBC Micrometeorology / Flickr) It’s a good time to be a bug and a bad time to be a tree. That’s according to Jeff Hicke of the University…

Researchers Study How Forests Are Changing in Response to Global Warming – Noozhawk

Warm sunshine streams through the canopies of two blue oaks in central California. (Anna Trugman) As the climate is changing, so too are the world’s forests. From the misty redwoods in the west to the Blue Ridge forest of Appalachia,…

Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date

(University of Arizona) Research led by the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research has anchored a long sequence of tree rings, providing context for the civilizations that existed throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages, including the eruption of Thera.

Bison in northern Yellowstone proving to be too much of a good thing

(Oregon State University) Increasing numbers of bison in Yellowstone National Park in recent years have become a barrier to ecosystem recovery in the iconic Lamar Valley in the northern part of the park.