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Image 1 - NASA Takes A Look Back At A Decade Of Fires
2011-10-20 04:36:48

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 28 to extend key environmental data records established by an earlier generation of NASA satellites. To mark the launch, we are looking back at one of the scientific legacies NPP will build upon: the global fire data record. An instrument on NPP called the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) will extend this...

2011-10-15 07:00:00

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2011-09-22 07:00:00

With over 25,000 injured in fires each year and an estimated $8.6 billion annually in property damage, wildfire safety and preparedness can save residents located in vulnerable areas not only their homes, but very possibly their lives. The following safety tips are a must-read for those residing in wildfire prone areas. Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) September 22, 2011 According to FEMA over 4,000 Americans die and over 25,000 are injured in fires each year. Property loss as a result of wildfires is...

Historical Link Between Humans, Fire Investigated
2011-09-15 11:59:21

  Mankind's relationship with fire, and the ways people have historically used and managed these flames, are among the topics covered by a team of international researchers in a new study, published in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of Biogeography. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), "Fires have continuously occurred on Earth for at least the last 400 million years. But since the 1970s, the frequency of wildfires has increased at least four-fold, and the total...

Tree Rings Provide Information About Past Forest Fires
2011-09-08 04:39:30

  A researcher from Texas A&M University had published research showing how tree rings can provide clues to events such as forest fires, some of which might date back hundreds of years. According to a September 7 press release from the College Station university, Associate Geography Professor Charles Lafon has worked with forests in the southern and central Appalachian Mountains. In fact, he states that he had identified one tree which allegedly had experienced more than a...

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2011-08-08 14:49:44

Primary succession on the slopes University of Guam ecologist Thomas Marler recently mobilized efforts to characterize the vegetation that has recovered following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines. "My interest was sparked by the paradox that this volcano's cataclysmic 1991 eruption was so powerful it changed global climate, yet after a full 15 years the biology of the recovering ecosystem had not been studied," said Marler. The void of research motivated the Guam ecologist to spend...

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2011-07-26 05:00:00

A U.S. study said on Monday that climate change is likely to cause more frequent wildfires and may transform the forests and ecosystem of the iconic Yellowstone national park in the next few decades. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said Yellowstone will be filled with open spaces, grasslands and forests populated by different kinds of fir trees and shrubs in the future. The study said that fires like the historic one in 1988 that ate up...

2011-07-19 15:30:17

Fire and climate change increases food supply for some bird species A new Baylor University study has found that some bird species in the desert southwest are less affected, and in some cases positively influenced, by widespread fire through their habitat. In fact, the Baylor researchers say that fire actually helps some bird species because of the habitat that is formed after a fire is positive for the bird's prey needs. The study found that three specific bird species in the Chihuahuan...

2011-07-08 01:59:25

How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO's Dr Melita Keywood. Dr Keywood said it is likely that fire "“ one of nature's primary carbon-cycling mechanisms "“ will become an increasingly important driver of atmospheric change as the world warms. "Understanding changes in the occurrence and magnitude of fires will be an important challenge for which there needs...

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2011-07-01 09:32:36

As homes and cities expand closer to forests and wildlands across the American West, increasing wildfire threats have created an unlikely new phenomena "“ confidence in government. Recent studies show that people in neighborhoods adjacent to public forest lands can and do trust natural resource managers to a surprising degree, in part because the risks they face are so severe. Thousands of acres burn every year, threatening homes, lives and property, and in many groups and areas, the...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'