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. […]

Some areas of mangrove trees in Everglades National Park show signs of regrowth in 2020, several years after Hurricane Irma. Credit: David Lagomasino / East Carolina University. When Hurricane Irma hit southern Florida in September of 2017, the storm buffeted coastal mangrove forests with winds over 116 mph—strong enough to […]

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, […]

Cross-section view of Austrocedrus chilensis wood in the Andes of northern Patagonia, Argentina. This species is abundant in the xeric forest-steppe ecotone, where periodic massive mortality events have been documented in relation to extreme droughts in Patagonia during the 20th century. Credit: Ricardo Villalba, Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y […]