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Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires
Wrapping a building in a fire-protective blanket is a viable way of protecting it against wildfires, finds the first study to scientifically assess this method of defense. (2019-10-15)
Study of past California wildfire activity suggest climate change will worsen future fires
A new study finds that climate has been the dominant controller of wildfire activity in the Sierra Nevada region of the past 1,400 years, suggesting that future climate change is poised to make fires worse. (2019-10-08)
Researchers outline policy approaches to transform fire management
A research team led by Colorado State University's Courtney Schultz has outlined governance and policy approaches to better manage wildfires. (2019-10-03)
Limited seed availability, dry climate hamper post-wildfire forest recovery
A lack of tree seedling establishment following recent wildfires represents a crucial bottleneck limiting coniferous forest recovery in the western US, new University of Colorado Boulder-led research finds. (2019-10-02)
Plant diversity a casualty of high-severity wildfires
Wildfire is transforming some forestlands into shrublands, a UC Davis study finds. (2019-10-02)
An India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill millions, threaten global starvation
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50-125 million people -- more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, according to new research. (2019-10-02)
Stanford researchers have developed a gel-like fluid to prevent wildfires
Scientists and engineers worked with state and local agencies to develop and test a long-lasting, environmentally benign fire-retarding material. (2019-09-30)
Laser-based system detects fires even in dusty, harsh environments
Researchers have developed a new laser-based system that offers an efficient and low-cost way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites. (2019-09-25)
West Africa: human-induced air pollution is higher than expected
Emissions of volatile organic pollutants in West Africa are 100 to 150 times higher than current estimates for the region. (2019-09-24)
Most California wildfire is in wildland-urban interface area with less fuel, more people
Homeowner guidance and fire behavior models are largely based on the idea that natural grass, bushes and trees fuel fire in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). (2019-09-24)
2019 Arctic sea ice minimum tied for second lowest on record
The extent of Arctic sea ice at the end of this summer was effectively tied with 2007 and 2016 for second lowest since modern record keeping began in the late 1970s. (2019-09-23)
Planned roads would be 'dagger in the heart' for Borneo's forests and wildlife
Malaysia's plans to create a Pan-Borneo Highway will severely degrade one of the world's most environmentally imperilled regions, says a research team from Australia and Malaysia. (2019-09-18)
Researchers see need for action on forest fire risk
How do humans affect forest fires? An international team of researchers has now shown for a region in north-eastern Poland that forest fires increasingly occurred there after the end of the 18th century with the change to organised forestry. (2019-09-17)
UCI team uses machine learning to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. (2019-09-17)
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP tracks fire and smoke from two continents
Wherever fires are burning around the world NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite's Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) can track the smoke and aerosols. (2019-09-13)
Satellite study of Amazon rainforest land cover gives insight into 2019 fires
A University of Kansas study in the journal Ecohydrology headed by Gabriel de Oliveira gives important context to the fires burning big swaths of the Amazon today. (2019-09-12)
Satellite data record shows climate change's impact on fires
While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, it's the hot and dry conditions in the atmosphere that determine the likelihood of a fire starting, its intensity and the speed at which it spreads. (2019-09-10)
Researchers show satellite data can reveal fire susceptibility in peatlands
Fires in Southeast Asian peatlands release huge amounts of carbon, along with deadly smoke. (2019-09-09)
New wildfire models to predict how wildfires will burn in next 20 minutes
While it's impossible to predict just where the next wildfire will start, new Department of Defense-sponsored research from BYU's Fire Research Lab is getting into the microscopic details of how fires initiate to provide more insight into how wildfires burn through wildland fuels. (2019-09-06)
Decrease in greenhouse gas emissions linked to Soviet Union's collapse
As the authors posit, the collapse of the Soviet Union led to decreasing meat product consumption, abandonment of cultivated land, and restructuring of food sales chains; which, in turn, elicited a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. (2019-09-05)
Kids in neighbourhoods with larger households less likely to be killed in house fires
There is safety in numbers. That's one of the key findings of a study published today in CMAJ Open that found a child's risk of death or injury in a residential fire was greatly reduced in neighborhoods with larger than average households. (2019-09-04)
Rethinking our resilience to wildfire
Wildfires are getting worse -- simply rebuilding after a disaster is no longer going to work in many communities. (2019-08-30)
Philippine airborne campaign targets weather, climate science
NASA's P-3B science aircraft soared into the skies over the Philippines on Aug. (2019-08-26)
Wildfires could permanently alter Alaska's forest composition
A team of researchers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory projected that the combination of climate change and increased wildfires will cause the iconic evergreen conifer trees of Alaska to get pushed out in favor of broadleaf deciduous trees, which shed their leaves seasonally. (2019-08-26)
Physicists mash quantum and gravity and find time, but not as we know it
A University of Queensland-led international team of researchers say they have discovered ''a new kind of quantum time order''. (2019-08-25)
More frequent wildfires in the boreal forest threaten previously protected soil carbon
University of Saskatchewan researchers have found that as major wildfires increase in Canada's North, boreal forests that have acted as carbon sinks for millennia are becoming sources of atmospheric carbon, potentially contributing to the greenhouse effect. (2019-08-21)
Study finds air pollution linked to risk of premature death
A new international study has found that air pollution is linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory death rates. (2019-08-21)
Boreal forest fires could release deep soil carbon
Increasingly frequent and severe forest fires could burn generations-old carbon stored in the soils of boreal forests, according to results from the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) funded by NASA's Earth Science Division. (2019-08-21)
Extreme wildfires threaten to turn boreal forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources
A research team investigated the impact of extreme fires on previously intact carbon stores by studying the soil and vegetation of the boreal forest and how they changed after a record-setting fire season in the Northwest Territories in 2014. (2019-08-21)
Montana examines best practices for wildfire adaptation and resilience
Montana State University's Dave McWethy is the lead author on a paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability that outlines best practices for social and ecological resilience in a Western landscape where wildfires are becoming inevitable. (2019-08-19)
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)
Reevaluating the impacts of smoke plumes aloft, based on the 2017 Pacific Northwest wildfires
Extensive wildfires in the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2017 unleashed a vast plume of smoke that ascended high into the stratosphere, persisted for more than eight months and provided researchers a rare opportunity to evaluate current models of smoke ascent. (2019-08-08)
Persistent plume
Thunderstorms generated by a group of giant wildfires in 2017 injected a small volcano's worth of aerosol into the stratosphere, creating a smoke plume that lasted for almost nine months. (2019-08-08)
'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. (2019-08-06)
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. (2019-08-05)
Earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters obey same mathematical pattern
Researchers from the Centre for Mathematical Research (CRM) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have mathematically described the frequency of several dangerous phenomena according to their size with more precision than ever. (2019-08-05)
African smoke is fertilizing Amazon rainforest and oceans, new study finds
A new study led by researchers at the University of Miami's (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that smoke from fires in Africa may be the most important source of a key nutrient -- phosphorus -- that acts as a fertilizer in the Amazon rainforest, Tropical Atlantic and Southern oceans. (2019-07-29)
The loss of biodiversity comes at a price
A University of Cordoba research team ran the numbers on the impact of forest fires on emblematic species using the fires in Spain's Doñana National Park and Segura mountains in 2017 as examples (2019-07-17)
Study bolsters case that climate change is driving many California wildfires
A new study combs through the many factors that can promote wildfire in California, and concludes that in many, though not all, cases, warming climate is the decisive driver. (2019-07-15)
Smoke from Canadian fires drifts into United States
Canada has been battling a very active and destructive fire season on multiple fronts this year. (2019-07-09)
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