The researchers used satellite images to calculate the long-term cloud cover over regions in the 30-45 degree latitudinal range based on how different types of vegetation interact with the atmospheric boundary. They found that clouds form more frequently over forested areas and had a greater cooling effect on Earth’s atmosphere. […]

This image shows a forest giving off moisture into the air, or transpiring. When combined with moisture that evaporates from the land, both processes drive evapotranspiration, a key branch of the water cycle. As the climate warms, these processes are expected to intensify. Credit: Acarapi NASA scientists have studied 17 years […]

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Nearly eight months after Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Big Basin Redwoods State Park to tour the damage after a major wildfire, green sprouts are coming back on the blackened trunks of the park’s ancient redwoods. But not much else has changed on the charred landscape. Hazardous […]

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A vast redwood forest located 80 miles north of San Francisco and sprawling nearly as large as Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains has received permanent protection under a deal between a Bay Area environmental group and the property’s longtime owners. Under […]

Amazon deforestation. Credit: Oregon State University A survey of more than 18,000 land parcels spanning 2 million square miles across 63 countries shows that a “protected area” designation reduces the rate of deforestation but does not prevent it. Published on February 11, 2021, in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the findings are […]

Swathes of forest continue to be flattened each year mainly due to industrial-scale agriculture More than 43 million hectares of forest—an area bigger than Germany—have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots, conservation organisation WWF said Wednesday. Swathes of forestcontinue to be flattened […]

Researchers warn that if we don’t act quickly, many species, including species of salmon and southern resident killer whales, are likely to be functionally extinct in the next 25 years. Credit: Fernando Lessa Co-governance model for implementing conservation management plan gives species their best chances of survival. The Fraser River […]

A new study led by Swansea University reveals that only 10% of the forest that is left on two Indonesian islands remains fire-resistant. The researchers warn that protecting this is crucial for preventing catastrophic fire. Tropical deforestation exacerbates recurrent peatland fire events in this region. These release globally significant greenhouse […]