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 […]

Workers from Brazil’s state-run environment agency IBAMA check an area consumed by fire near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Experts say the blazes are pushing the world’s largest rainforest toward a tipping point, after which it will cease to generate enough rainfall to sustain itself. (AP […]

The ruins of an illegal gold mining site in a Yanomami reserve in the northern Amazon. Deforestation in Brazil is rising even in legally protected areas and Indigenous lands where criminals rarely ventured in the past. GUARDIAN/EYEVINE/REDUX Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has risen sharply in the past year—again. Estimates […]

A handout picture from Colombia’s Defence Ministry shows smoke billowing from the Sierra de La Macarena National Natural Park, Colombia, in 2019. The Latin America country has lost hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest in recent years Colombia lost 159,000 hectares of forest—an area the size of Brazilian megacity […]

Douglas firs are the most abundant trees in North America. Their ecological niche spans Southern Mexico to the Northern Rockies. Warming Will Reduce Trees’ Ability to Slow Climate Change New research suggests that the most abundant trees in North America absorb less carbon dioxide as the world’s temperature rises. The […]

An international team of scientists have identified candidate resistance genes that could protect ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a deadly pest that is expected to kill billions of trees worldwide. In the new study, published recently in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from Queen Mary University of London […]

Pine trees in the Tuolumne Valley of Yosemite National Park show the effects of drought and fire. Credit: Anthony Walker/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy A multi-institutional research team found that changing environmental conditions are affecting forests around the globe, leading to increasing tree death and uncertainty about […]

An aerial view of a tropical forest along the eastern Pacific Ocean shoreline of Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Credit: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute All living things have tipping points: points of no return, beyond which they cannot thrive. A new report in Science shows that maximum daily temperatures above 32.2 degrees Celsius (about 90 […]