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Climate Change Produces Complicated Consequences For North America's Forests
2013-10-15 11:35:58

Dartmouth College Dartmouth-led study is the most comprehensive review of warming's impacts on forest pests, diseases Climate change affects forests across North America – in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems -- but Dartmouth researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less susceptible to pests, which could boost forest health and acreage, timber harvests, carbon storage, water recycling and...

2013-09-28 23:02:04

Dallas resident Tim McCarty, who once was guided off Silver Dollar City’s roller coaster PowderKeg because he was too big to fit in the seat, took a victory ride on the same coaster a year later and 130 pounds thinner. McCarty and his family celebrated the weight loss with a September 27 return to the Branson, Missouri theme park, the ride on PowderKeg and also a ride on the park’s new ground-breaking wood coaster, Outlaw Run. Branson, Missouri (PRWEB) September 28, 2013 When Tim...

2013-09-09 23:21:11

Local 17 members working at the Chelan-Douglas Health District are ready to minimize the health impacts of wildfires during the peak of Washington wildfire season. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 09, 2013 The wildfires that struck central Washington last September were severe both in terms of the damage they inflicted on the environment, and the prolonged duration of unhealthy air conditions. But thanks to Local 17 members at the Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD), the harm to the...

Wildfires Change Climate Models
2013-08-30 13:45:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While raging wildfires can consume property and even lives, the towering infernos could also be heavily influencing the forces of climate change. According to a new study from researchers at Michigan Technological University, forest fires emit massive quantities of two different kinds of particles – soot and tar balls. These particles remain in the atmosphere and should be taken into account when creating climate change models, the...

Wildfires Could Become More Frequent Due To Changing Climate
2013-08-29 08:15:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Western US, where firefighters are currently battling dozens of fires in at least 11 states, has received bad news from a new study led by environmental scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The study, published online and in an upcoming print issue of Atmospheric Environment, suggests wildfire seasons by 2050 will be about three weeks longer, up to twice as smoky, and will burn a wider area...

California’s Massive Rim Fire Dissected By NASA's 'Eyes'
2013-08-28 07:25:40

NASA The Rim Fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow and move its way up in the record books. As of Aug. 27, CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reports that the fire, which started Aug. 17, had consumed nearly 180,000 acres, making it the seventh largest wildfire in California’s recorded history. The fire is one of 10 active major wildfires burning across California as of Aug. 27. New satellite images from NASA’s...

2013-08-26 23:19:16

Local agency wants to spread the word about wildfire preparedness procedures due to consistent deadly fires in the area. Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 26, 2013 With deadly wildfires hitting Colorado this summer, many residents have been left without homes. The Denver Post states that residents in these higher risk fire areas feel helpless, and believe that they have no choice but to simply learn to coexist with these fires. The Denver Post also points out that while wildfires are actually a...

Restoration To At-Risk Areas Directed By NASA's Landsat Satellite Data
2013-08-21 10:21:57

NASA While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered, forest restoration specialists were on the job. They analyzed maps created using Landsat satellite data to determine where the burn destroyed vegetation and exposed soil – and where to focus emergency restoration efforts. "The map looked like a big red blob," said Penny Luehring, the U.S. Forest Service's Burned Area Emergency Response and watershed improvement program leader, based in Albuquerque, N.M. Red means...


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