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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Oct. 25, 2016 — The first toxicity measurements of roadside garbage fires in India highlight the unhealthy nature of a common practice, report ... read more

Oct. 25, 2016 — A method to detect forest fires by using a new color index is currently under development. The index is based on methods for the vegetation classification and has been adapted to detect the ... read more

In the Aftermath of Disaster, Social Media Helps Build a Sense of Community

Aug. 25, 2016 — Social media can disseminate critical information as well as unite disaster victims during their recovery efforts, suggests a new ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — A surge in major wildfire events in the US West as a consequence of climate change will expose tens of millions of Americans to high levels of air pollution in the coming decades, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 5, 2016 — Researchers say their discovery of a type of fire tornado they call a 'blue whirl' could lead to beneficial new approaches for reduced carbon emissions and improved oil spill ... read more

Aug. 2, 2016 — Could periodic forest thinning and prescribed burns intended to prevent dangerous "megafires" help conserve owls in the long run? Or are those benefits outweighed by their short-term harm ... read more

Aug. 1, 2016 — One ecologist wants to change the way we think about prescribed burns. The professor says he can harness extreme fire to restore grasslands on the Great Plains -- and he has created a small drone ... read more

July 26, 2016 — Forest ecologists recently published research estimating the abundance of morel mushrooms after a wildfire in California's Sierra ... read more

Fire Clues in Cave Dripwater

July 21, 2016 — When mineral-rich water drips from a cave's ceiling over centuries and millennia, it forms rocky cones that hold clues to the Earth's past climate. Now, researchers in Australia and the UK ... read more

July 19, 2016 — In western North America, mountain pine beetles infest and ravage thousands of acres of forest lands. Landsat satellites bear witness to the onslaught in a way that neither humans nor most other ... read more

July 5, 2016 — Researchers have studied tree rings throughout Oklahoma and Tennessee to determine the history of fires in those areas. For nearly a century, forest fires have been viewed by scientists and the ... read more

El Niño Could Drive Intense Season for Amazon Fires

June 29, 2016 — The long-lasting effects of El Niño are projected to cause an intense fire season in the Amazon, according to the 2016 seasonal forecast from ... read more

June 27, 2016 — The peat bogs of the world, once waterlogged repositories of dead moss, are being converted into fuel-packed fire hazards that can burn for months and generate deadly ... read more

Climate, Society Will Determine the Future of Wildfire in the South

June 14, 2016 — A new study projects a 4 percent increase overall in acres burned by wildfire in the Southeast by 2060, but with substantial uncertainties and large variations by state and ecoregion, including a 34 ... read more

June 1, 2016 — Industrialized nations that view wildfire as the enemy can learn from cultures that have lived compatibly with wildfire -- in some cases for centuries or millennia, says a fire anthropologist who is ... read more

Ecologists Advise an Increase in Prescribed Grassland Burning to Maintain Ecosystem, Livelihood

May 31, 2016 — At least 50 percent of the tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills is burned every three to four years or less frequently and is susceptible to becoming shrubland if fire frequencies are not increased, ... read more

May 24, 2016 — A new analysis of global data related to wildfire reveals major misconceptions about wildfire and its social and economic impacts. Researchers carried out detailed analysis of global and regional ... read more

Global Data Shows Inverse Relationship, Shift in Human Use of Fire

May 23, 2016 — Humans use fire for heating, cooking, managing lands and, more recently, fueling industrial processes. Now, research has found that these various means of using fire are inversely related to one ... read more

Indigenous Knowledge Could Hold Key to Management of Wildfire Risk

May 23, 2016 — Fire practices of Indigenous peoples could combat the increasing frequency of devastating fires in tropical forests and savannas, according to ... read more

Extinguishing Wildfires May Not Always Be the Correct Solution

May 23, 2016 — Many landscapes need fire but population expansion into wildland areas creates a tension between different interest groups. Researchers from across the globe show that a combination of factors, ... read more

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