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NASA pinpointed tropical storm Krosa's strength before Japan landfall
NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with infrared data and cloud top temperature information for Tropical Storm Krosa as it was making landfall in southern Japan. (2019-08-15)

NASA follows tropical storm Krosa's approach to landfall in southern Japan
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Krosa contains powerful thunderstorms with heavy rain capabilities as it moves toward landfall in southern Japan.  Krosa's center is expected to make landfall in the western part of Shikoku Island, Japan. (2019-08-14)

New information on tropical parasitoid insects revealed
The diversity and ecology of African parasitoid wasps was studied for over a year during a project run by the Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku in Finland. Parasitoid wasps are one of the animal groups that are the most rich in species. However, the tropical species are still very poorly known. Understanding the diversity of parasitoid wasps inhabiting rainforests is important, because tropical biodiversity is dwindling at an accelerating rate. (2019-08-14)

Hard-working termites crucial to forest, wetland ecosystems
Soil bedding increases microbial and termite decomposition activity (2019-08-14)

Non-native invasive insects, diseases decreasing carbon stored in US forests
A first-of-its-kind study by a team that included the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and Purdue University scientists finds that non-native invasive insects and diseases are reducing the amount of carbon stored in trees across the United States. (2019-08-13)

NASA finds Henriette fading
Infrared imagery from NASA's Terra satellite found just a few scattered areas of cold clouds in the Eastern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Depression Henriette on Aug. 13, 2019. (2019-08-13)

NASA sees wide center in Tropical Storm Krosa
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a good shot of the wide, ragged center of circulation in Tropical Storm Krosa. (2019-08-13)

Satellite study reveals that area emits one billion tonnes of carbon
A vast region of Africa affected by drought and changing land use emits as much carbon dioxide each year as 200 million cars, research suggests. (2019-08-13)

Coca and conflict: the factors fuelling Colombian deforestation
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests' proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. A University of Queensland-led study found that conflict between illegal groups and the governmental military forces, proximity to coca plantations, mining concessions, oil wells and roads were all associated with increased deforestation. (2019-08-13)

Northern tropical dry trend may just be normal variation: scientists
Recently, an international team led by Prof. TAN Liangcheng from the Institute of Earth Environment (IEE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences developed a 2700-yr rainfall record of the northern central Indo-Pacific region. (2019-08-12)

NASA-NOAA satellite views massive Tropical Storm Krosa
Tropical Storm Krosa is a large tropical cyclone. When NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, it captured a visible image of the massive storm. (2019-08-12)

African forest elephant helps increase biomass and carbon storage
Un international study with key contributions from Brazilian researchers shows that an endangered species, famed as a 'forest gardener,' influences African forest composition in terms of tree species and increases the aboveground biomass over the long term. (2019-08-12)

NASA measures rain rate in tiny Tropical Storm Henriette
Tiny Tropical Storm Henriette is the newest addition to the tropical cyclone line-up in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The storm developed early on Aug. 12 and soon after the GPM satellite passed overhead and found heavy rain happening around its center. (2019-08-12)

Stanford-led study gauges trees' potential to slow global warming in the future
By analyzing decades of experiments, the researchers mapped the potential of carbon dioxide to increase forest biomass by the end of the century, when atmospheric concentrations of the gas could nearly double. This, in turn, will enable plants and trees to store more carbon. (2019-08-12)

New study shows impact of largescale tree death on carbon storage
Largescale 'disturbances', including fires, harvesting, windstorms and insect outbreaks, which kill large patches of forest, are responsible for more than a tenth of tree death worldwide, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. (2019-08-12)

Structurally complex forests better at carbon sequestration
Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex -- meaning the arrangement of vegetation is highly varied -- sequester more carbon, according to a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study demonstrates for the first time that a forest's structural complexity is a better predictor of carbon sequestration potential than tree species diversity. The discovery may hold implications for the mitigation of climate change. (2019-08-12)

Diet change needed to save vast areas of tropics, study warns
One quarter of the world's tropical land could disappear by the end of the century unless meat and dairy consumption falls, researchers have warned. (2019-08-12)

Forest fragments surprising havens for wildlife
Researchers conducted camera trap surveys within Sumatra's Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and five surrounding remnant forest fragments, finding 28 mammal species in the protected forest and 21 in the fragments -- including critically endangered species such as Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) and Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), along with species of conservation concern such as marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata) and Asiatic golden cat (Pardofelis temminckii). (2019-08-08)

Tropical Storm Krosa gets a comma shape
Tropical Storm Krosa continued on its journey northward in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean when NOAA's NOAA-20 polar orbiting satellite passed overhead and captured a visible image of the strengthening storm in a classic tropical cyclone shape. (2019-08-07)

NASA catches transitioning Tropical Storm Francisco near Korean Peninsula
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Sea of Japan and provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Francisco as it was transitioning into an extra-tropical cyclone. (2019-08-07)

NASA finds tropical storm Francisco in the Korea strait
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Korea Strait and found the center of Tropical Storm Francisco in the middle of it. The AIRS instrument aboard took the temperature of its cloud tops to estimate storm strength and found strong storms over two countries. (2019-08-06)

NASA finds heavy rain in new tropical storm Krosa
Tropical Storm Krosa had recently developed into a tropical storm when the GPM satellite passed overhead and found heavy rainfall. Fortunately, the storm was over open waters. (2019-08-06)

NASA satellite finds strong storms circling Lekima's center
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of strengthening Tropical Storm Lekima. (2019-08-06)

NASA sees Flossie now a remnant low pressure area
Former Hurricane Flossie was nothing more than a remnant low pressure area early on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite found just a few scattered areas of cold clouds in thunderstorms in the remnants, now northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. (2019-08-06)

'Mega-fires' may be too extreme even for a bird that loves fire
Fire is a natural part of western forests, but the changing nature of fire in many parts of North America may pose challenges for birds. One bird in particular, the Black-backed Woodpecker, specializes in using recently-burned forests in western North America, but new research suggests that these birds actually prefer to nest near the edges of burned patches -- and these edges are getting harder to find as wildfires have become bigger and more severe. (2019-08-06)

NASA Catches tropical storm Francisco's approach to landfall in southern Japan
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Francisco had powerful thunderstorms with heavy rain capabilities around the center of circulation as it moves toward landfall in southern Japan. (2019-08-05)

NASA finds one small area of strong storms left in fading Flossie
NASA's Terra satellite found one small area of strong storms left in Tropical Depression Flossie on August 5 as it neared Hawaii. (2019-08-05)

Short-lived Tropical Storm Gil gives a kick on NASA imagery
Tropical Storm Gil was a two day tropical cyclone in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. It formed on Saturday, August 3, and by the end of the day on August 4, it was already a remnant low pressure area. On August 5, though, NASA's Terra satellite found a couple of small areas of strong storms left in the remnants of Gil. (2019-08-05)

NASA gazes into Tropical Storm Lekima in Philippine Sea
NASA's Aqua satellite gazed into Tropical Storm Lekima as it moved through the Philippine Sea on August 5 and the AIRS instrument aboard took the temperature of its cloud tops to estimate storm strength. (2019-08-05)

How wildfires trap carbon for centuries to millennia
Charcoal produced by wildfires could trap carbon for hundreds of years and help mitigate climate change, according to new research. A new Nature Geoscience study quantifies the important role that charcoal plays in helping to compensate for carbon emissions from fires. Researchers say that this charcoal could effectively 'lock away' a considerable amount of carbon for years to come. (2019-08-05)

Restoring forests means less fuel for wildfire and more storage for carbon
When wildfires burn up forests, they don't just damage the trees. They destroy a key part of the global carbon cycle. Restoring those trees as quickly as possible could tip the scale in favor of mitigating severe climate change. Lisa A. McCauley explains how quick action to thin out vegetation will actually increase carbon storage in forests by the end of this century. (2019-08-05)

NASA catches birth of Northwestern Pacific's Tropical Storm Francisco
Soon after Tropical Storm Francisco developed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead. (2019-08-02)

NASA satellite finds Tropical Storm Wipha blankets the Gulf of Tonkin
Visible satellite imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed the clouds from Tropical Storm Wipha blanketing the Gulf of Tonkin. (2019-08-02)

NASA sees tropical storm Flossie headed to central pacific ocean
Tropical Storm Flossie continues tracking in a westward direction through the Eastern Pacific Ocean and is expected to move into the Central Pacific Ocean later today, August 2, 2019. (2019-08-02)

NOAA finds Tropical Storm Erick's center with help of two NASA satellites
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed Tropical Storm Erick is being battered by wind shear, and that its strongest storms were south of the Big Island of Hawaii. Forecasters used other NASA satellites to find Erick's center. (2019-08-02)

Discovery of non-blooming orchid on Japanese subtropical islands
A group of Japanese scientists has discovered a new orchid species on Japan's subtropical islands of Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima that bears fruit without once opening its flowers. They named the new species Gastrodia amamiana, and the findings were published in the online edition of Phytotaxa on August 2, 2019. (2019-08-02)

To learn how poison frogs are adapting to warmer temperatures, scientists got crafty
Strawberry poison frogs live in Costa Rican forests that are being cut down for farmland. The deforested pastures are hotter and sunnier, so scientists wanted to see if the frogs had adapted to withstand the heat. They learned that the frogs from pastures had adapted to seek out warmer temperatures than frogs from forests. The maximum temperature they can stand didn't change, though -- so if global temperatures rise too much, the frogs are in trouble. (2019-08-02)

NASA-NOAA satellite sees Erick still hanging as a hurricane
Hurricane Erick continued hold onto its status as it moved west through the Central Pacific. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and found two small areas of very strong thunderstorms, showing Erick still had some punch left in it. (2019-08-01)

Satellite shows Tropical Storm Flossie holding up
Satellite imagery showed that Tropical Storm Flossie's structure didn't change much overnight from July 31 to August 1. NOAA's GOES-West satellite provided a view of the storm early on Aug. 1. (2019-08-01)

Bats use leaves as mirrors to find prey in the dark
Bats can find motionless insects on leaves in the dark. This was thought to be impossible, because the acoustic camouflage provided by the leaves should confuse their echolocation system. Inga Geipel and colleagues discovered how bats overcome this problem. (2019-08-01)

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