A recent study examining carbon storage in Pacific Northwest forests demonstrated that although large-diameter trees (21 inches) only comprised 3% of total stems, they accounted for 42% of the total aboveground carbon storage. The researchers highlight the importance of protecting large trees and strengthening existing forest management policies so that […]

Nations are pledging to plant billions of trees. But a new study shows that we’ve underestimated the power of natural forest regrowth to fight climate change. PHOTOGRAPH: VICTOR MORIYAMA/GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest […]

Laser technology has been used to measure the volume and biomass of giant Californian redwood trees for the first time, records a new study by UCL researchers. Credit: Mat Disney Laser technology has been used to measure the volume and biomass of giant Californian redwood trees for the first time, […]

Secondary forest in the Amazon Credit: Marizilda Cruppe/RAS Regrowing forests are absorbing just a small proportion of the carbon dioxide released from widespread deforestation in the Amazon, according to new evidence. Secondary forests—areas of new forest growing on land that has previously been deforested—form a key part of policies aiming […]

Credit: Dr. Alexander Kirdyanov The largest-ever study of tree rings from Norilsk in the Russian Arctic has shown that the direct and indirect effects of industrial pollution in the region and beyond are far worse than previously thought. An international team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, has […]

This map overlays the probability of burn severity in California’s northern coastal mountains, as forecasted in a UC Davis study, with burn perimeters of wildfires burning in September 2020. Credit: UC Davis From Berryessa to Klamath Mountains, High-Severity Burns Quadrupled During Warm Drought High-severity wildfires in northern coastal California have been […]

Primary forests are crucial for biodiversity conservation and store high quantities of carbon in biomass, therefore helping to mitigate climate change. Credit: Tzvetan Zlatanov Europe’s primary forests: What to protect? What to restore? Primary forests are forests without any signs of past human use and where ecological processes are not […]

In a recent agreement, officials committed to ramping up thinning and burning across the state. A road during the Jones FireMarcus Kauffman As hundreds of fires scorch California, state officials and federal forest agents signed an agreement that may help the state be able to better weather future fire seasons. Right now, the […]