Investors can calm western wildfires

November 16, 2017 by  
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A new network has bonded together to use finance to weaken the devastation of forest fires.

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An open letter on COP23 from Walmart and WWF

November 16, 2017 by  
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Why the world’s largest retailer is linking arms with the world’s biggest environmental NGOs.

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Climate change has doubled the size of forest fires in Western US

October 12, 2016 by  
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Over the past three decades, man-made climate change has doubled the total area burned by forest fires in the Western US. A new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the difference from 1985 to now is staggering. 30 years ago, just 2.9 million total acres burned, but in 2015 10.1 million acres were destroyed during fire season. The researchers pointed most of the blame on man-made climate change – which is responsible for warmer, drier weather which allows fires to thrive. However, there are also other factors at play – including natural climate shifts and changes in how humans are using the land. The amount of land burned by fires is only expected to increase over the coming years as global temperatures continue to rise. Related: How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds In a disturbing statement, Columbia University researcher and study author Park Williams told Time , “No matter how hard we try, the fires are going to keep getting bigger, and the reason is really clear. “We should be getting ready for bigger fire years than those familiar to previous generations.” While the exact scope of the issue is startling, the general trend itself should come as no surprise: every year in recent memory has gone down as the hottest on record . In the years to come, we will likely have to adapt and find new ways to prevent and extinguish forest fires if we want to preserve our forests and protect nearby communities. Unfortunately, that could prove difficult given the fact that cataclysmic fires in recent years have drained the Forest Service’s budget in the hardest-hit states. Via Time and Slashdot Images via Ervins Strauhmanis and Coconino National Forest

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How Anheuser-Busch & The Nature Conservancy work together to fight Colorado forest fires

November 16, 2015 by  
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8 of the world’s most devastating forest fires

September 21, 2015 by  
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Wildfires continue to rage across the US, and especially in California, where they have been burning all summer long. This isn’t the first time that historic fires have devastated massive swaths of land and, with worsening drought and a warming climate, it definitely won’t be the last. Jarrimber  created the following interactive map highlighting 8 of the world’s worst forest fires as a reminder to be extra careful to avoid sparking fires during the consistently-lengthening fire season. Click on to check it out. Read the rest of 8 of the world’s most devastating forest fires

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There’s not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

August 28, 2015 by  
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This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of control. This cost amounts to more than 50 percent of their budget, draining coffers so much that they can’t perform other critical services, like forest management. Adding insurance costs, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and further damage caused by flash floods and mudslides, this year’s fire bill is estimated to ring in at around $2.5 billion. Read the rest of There’s not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

March 24, 2014 by  
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Radioactive “Petrified” Forests in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone Could Spread Contamination to Safe Areas

March 18, 2014 by  
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It would be logical to think that after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster , forests around the site would slowly rot. But the terrible radiation blast in 1986 has left dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. A recently published study conducted by a team of US scientists explains the phenomenon of these “petrified” forests, and explores the consequences of the meltdown on local wildlife. Read the rest of Radioactive “Petrified” Forests in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone Could Spread Contamination to Safe Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chernobyl forest fires , Chernobyl forests , Chernobyl nuclear disaster , Chernobyl petrified forests , Chernobyl wildlife , nuclear radiation Chernobyl , radiation blast , scientific study University of South Carolina , University of South Carolina biologists        

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Play Poker, Save a Species?

December 6, 2009 by  
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Koalas are just one of the species that could be helped if Aussies did more… gambling?

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