Hikers find ghostly ‘hair ice’ clinging to trees in an Irish forest

Hikers in Ireland were strolling among the frosty trees last week when they stumbled into what looked like an enchanted candy forest. White wisps of fluffy frost bloomed from tree branches like cotton candy, but the mysterious fluff disappeared with a single touch, the hikers tweeted. There’s no witchcraft afoot in the forest (and no, […]

Fire-resistant tropical forest on brink of disappearance

A new study led by Swansea University reveals that only 10% of the forest that is left on two Indonesian islands remains fire-resistant. The researchers warn that protecting this is crucial for preventing catastrophic fire.Tropical deforestation exacerbates recurrent peatland fire events in this region. These release globally significant greenhouse gas emissions and produce toxic haze […]

Lyme Disease and the Dangers of the Forest Edge

Lyme disease was first identified in 1976 in Lyme, Conn. Since then, the disease has become more common in North America, spreading throughout the northeastern and midwestern United States, creeping north into Canada and south into Virginia. About 30,000 cases are reported each year, although it’s estimated that the true prevalence of the […]

What type of forest to choose for better CO2 storage? — ScienceDaily

An international team led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has studied which types of forest, in terms of biodiversity, are the most effective in storing carbon. Inventory data from natural forests on five continents show that species diversity is optimal for equatorial and tropical rainforests, and that, conversely, in forests located in cold or […]

Trump lifts protections for Tongass National Forest, allowing logging, road development

President Donald Trump will strip Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from protections put in place nearly two decades ago, opening up millions of acres of pristine wilderness to road development and logging, according to a notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted on Wednesday (Oct. 28).  The Tongass, which covers most of southeast Alaska, is […]

Fuels, not fire weather, control carbon emissions in boreal forest

IMAGE: Rockets represent carbon stored in wood, trees, and soil in four main boreal forest regions. Though fire weather helps “ignite ” the rockets, the amount of emissions each forest can produce… view more  Credit: Victor Leshyk, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society As climate warming stokes longer fire seasons and more severe fires in the […]