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Air Pollution Increases Risk of Early Death in Gothenburg

Mar. 24, 2016 — People who live where there are high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of dying prematurely. Air pollution levels in Gothenburg have, however, decreased by half in the past few ... read more

Olin Drone Research Aims to Help Fight Wildfires

Mar. 11, 2016 — An American professor is working on proof of concept system to deploy drones into a wildfire and send back information in real time, potentially saving lives and livelihoods in the ... read more

Large-Scale Environmental Variation Affects Reproduction and Survival of Plants

Feb. 22, 2016 — A new analysis looks at how rates of reproduction and survival of 26 shrub species with fire-dependent life cycles in the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa respond to environmental ... read more

US Forest Service Releases Findings on the Effects of Drought for Forests, Rangelands

Feb. 1, 2016 — The US Forest Service has released a new report that provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on US forests and rangelands. This report will help ... read more

Increased Legal Liabilities Limit Prescribed Fire Use for Brush Control

Jan. 7, 2016 — Private landowners and managers tend to shy away from the use of prescribed fire for maintaining rangeland and forest ecosystems in spite of the known benefits due to the potential liability factor, ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Revised carbon loss estimates for recurrent fires on tropical peatlands have been revised by a research team. The study also found that peatlands closer to canals have a higher probability of high ... read more

Fossils Reveal Ancient Shrublands in Fiery Landscape

Dec. 10, 2015 — New fossil evidence shows that Australia’s fire-prone shrubland open vegetation originated at least 70 million years ago – 40-50 million years earlier than previously ... read more

Research Links Tundra Fires, Thawing Permafrost

Nov. 10, 2015 — Wildfires on Arctic tundra can contribute to widespread permafrost thaw much like blazes in forested areas, according to a study. The connection between wildfires and permafrost loss is better ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — A new study of Colorado's devastating 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire demonstrates that prompt and effective action can significantly change the outcome of fires that occur in areas where residential ... read more

Wildfires May Double Erosion Across a Quarter of Western US Watersheds by 2050

Nov. 3, 2015 — In recent years, wildfires have burned trees and homes to the ground across many states in the western US, but the ground itself has not gotten away ... read more

Oct. 29, 2015 — Contrary to expectations that spruce beetle infestations increase the severity of wildfires in southwestern Colorado, a new study has found that this native insect may not be to blame after ... read more

Measuring the Impacts of Severe Wildfires in the Arctic

Oct. 22, 2015 — Based on the number of acres burned, 2015 is shaping up to be the second most extreme fire year during the past decade in North America's boreal region. Historically, the area has had one or ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — New research reveals widespread fire occurred on Earth more than 80 million years after plants first invaded the land. The findings indicate that although plants were first detected on land more ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — A new analysis of fire activity in Alaska's Yukon Flats finds that so many forest fires are occurring there that the area has become a net exporter of carbon to the atmosphere. This is ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — People who believe that climate change is increasing the risk of devastating wildfires in Colorado are no more likely to take mitigation actions to protect their property, a new study has ... read more

Green Barriers of Cypresses Could Reduce Fire Initiation Risk

Sep. 22, 2015 — Every year fires burn thousands of hectares, destroy entire ecosystems and put the lives of people and animals at risk. Understanding the dynamics of fire would allow a solution to be found for the ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — A new article suggests catastrophic wildfire danger could be reduced by increasing use of planning burning in land management ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Humans and habitat intersect in the wildland-urban interface, or WUI, a geography that now includes about one-third of homes in the United States within just 10 percent of the nation's land ... read more

Southern California Wildfires Exhibit Split Personalities

Sep. 8, 2015 — Wildfires have ravaged both populated and unpopulated regions of Southern California at an increasing rate over the past few decades, and scientists are predicting that by midcentury, as a ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — The longest and largest controlled burn experiment ever conducted in the Amazon rainforest has yielded new insight into the ways that tropical forests succumb to -- and bounce back from -- ... read more

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