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Climate change threatens progress in cancer control
Climate change threatens prospects for further progress in cancer prevention and control, increasing exposure to cancer risk factors and impacting access to cancer care, according to a new commentary by scientists from the American Cancer Society and Harvard T. (2020-05-18)
Water loss in northern peatlands threatens to intensify fires, global warming
A group of 59 international scientists, led by researchers at Canada's McMaster University, has uncovered new information about the distinct effects of climate change on boreal forests and peatlands, which threaten to worsen wildfires and accelerate global warming. (2020-05-11)
Recent Australian wildfires made worse by logging
Logging of native forests increases the risk and severity of fire and likely had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research. (2020-05-05)
Nearly half of US breathing unhealthy air; record-breaking air pollution in nine cities
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of air pollution on lung health is of heightened concern. (2020-04-21)
Breathing heavy wildfire smoke may increase risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Heavy wildfire smoke may raise the risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. (2020-04-15)
Air quality and health impact from the 2018 Saddleworth Moor Fire in Northern England
In a new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, researchers led by the University of Leeds used computer simulations to calculate the effect of the 2018 Saddleworth Moor Fire on air quality and the resulting impact on health. (2020-04-07)
Bedroom air filters help asthmatic children breathe easier
Using a bedroom air filter that traps particles of pollution with diameters smaller than 2.5 micrometers can significantly improve breathing in asthmatic children, a new Duke University-led study by American and Chinese scientists shows. (2020-04-06)
Study synthesizes what climate change means for Northwest wildfires
A synthesis study looks at how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. (2020-04-02)
Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons
Stanford-led study finds that autumn days with extreme fire weather have more than doubled in California since the early 1980s due to climate change. (2020-04-01)
Unexpected ways animals influence fires
Animals eating plants might seem like an obvious way to suppress fire, and humans are already using the enormous appetites of goats, deer, and cows to reduce the fuel available for potential wildfires. (2020-03-05)
Ancient Australian trees face uncertain future under climate change, study finds
Tasmania's ancient rainforest faces a grim future as a warming climate and the way people used the land have brought significant changes to the island state off mainland Australia's southeastern coast, according to a new Portland State University study (2020-03-03)
Thinning, prescribed burns protected forests during the massive Carlton Complex wildfire
In the first major study following the devastating 2014 Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington, researchers from the University of Washington and US Forest Service found that previous tree thinning and prescribed burns helped forests survive the fire. (2020-02-27)
Are cats the 'canary in the coal mine' for wildfire effects on human health?
Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in recent California wildfires also had a high incidence of heart problems, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. (2020-02-26)
UBC researchers develop strategy to protect wine grapes from smoke-taint
It's a problem plaguing grape-growers worldwide -- in an ever-changing climate, how can they protect their crops from the undesirable effects of wildfire smoke exposure. (2020-02-24)
Wildfire cycles and climate change
A study led by HAN Yongming from the Institute of Earth Environment (IEE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed a linkage between glacial cycles and inland Asian high-intensity wildfire events by analyzing high-resolution soot deposition over the last 2.6 million years. (2020-02-24)
Hurricane Harvey tops league of most extreme US weather this decade
A top ten of record-breaking US weather events of the last decade reveals Hurricane Harvey is the most extreme of the decade, and similar others were among the costliest and deadliest on record, according to magazine Weatherwise. (2020-02-18)
Wall Street investors react to climate change
Institutional investors are factoring climate risks into their investment decisions, according to a first-ever survey conducted by the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. (2020-02-18)
California agricultural employers, workers approach smoke concerns differently
A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that while wildfires and smoke exposure are recognized by farmworkers and employers as a growing threat and safety concern, the means to address these concerns differs between the two groups. (2020-02-13)
Small marsupials in Australia may struggle to adjust to a warming climate
Researchers suggest that climate change may hurt the survival chances of an Australian marsupial. (2020-02-12)
New research shows that El Niño contributes to insect collapse in the Amazon
Hotter and drier El Niño events are having an alarming effect on biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest and further add to a disturbing global insect collapse, scientists show. (2020-02-09)
Sediment loading key to predicting post-wildfire debris flows
The mudslides that follow wildfires in Southern California can be deadly and difficult to predict. (2020-02-05)
Wildfires increase winter snowpack -- but that isn't necessarily a good thing
Wildfires are altering ecosystems globally as they change in frequency, size, and severity. (2020-02-04)
Prairie plants need fiery romance
In a new study, researchers found that prescribed, expert-controlled fires are critically important to successful reproduction in prairie plants. (2020-01-27)
Air pollution in New York City linked to wildfires hundreds of miles away
A new study shows that air pollutants from the smoke of fires from as far as Canada and the southeastern US traveled hundreds of miles and several days to reach Connecticut and New York City, where it caused significant increases in pollution concentrations. (2020-01-21)
Human-sparked fires smaller, less intense but more frequent with longer seasons
Fires started by people have steadily increased in recent decades, sparking a major shift in U.S. wildfire norms, according to a new CU Boulder-led study. (2020-01-21)
Setting fires to avoid fires
Despite having proven effective at reducing wildfire risks, prescribed burns have been stymied by perceived and real risks, regulations and resource shortages. (2020-01-20)
Brazilian wildfire pollution worsens air quality in distant cities -- study
Wildfires in south eastern Brazil produce airborne pollution that worsens air quality in major cities such as Sao Paulo -- cancelling out efforts to improve the urban environment and posing health risks to citizens, according to a new study. (2020-01-20)
From smoke going round the world to aerosol levels, NASA observes Australia's bushfires
NASA scientists using data from its NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite, has traced the movement of the smoke coming off the Australian fires across the globe showing that it has circumnavigated the Earth. (2020-01-14)
Climate change increases the risk of wildfires confirms new review
Human-induced climate change promotes the conditions on which wildfires depend, increasing their likelihood -- according to a review of research on global climate change and wildfire risk published today. (2020-01-13)
Global warming is the kindling that caused extensive wildfire
Professor Jong-Seong Kug and his research team identified Arctic Oscillation as the cause for the recent wildfires in Siberia. (2020-01-09)
NASA-NOAA satellite catches Tropical Cyclone Blake and western Australia fires
Tropical cyclone Blake made landfall in the Kimberley coast of Western Australia and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided an image that showed its center inland with the storm extending to the southern part of the state where fires raged. (2020-01-08)
Research will help land managers take risk-analysis approach to new wildfire reality
New digital tools will enable land managers to better adapt to the new reality of large wildfires through analytics that guide planning and suppression across jurisdictional boundaries that fires typically don't adhere to. (2020-01-08)
2017 San Diego wildfire increased pediatric ER visits for breathing problems
A small wildfire in San Diego County in 2017 resulted in a big uptick in children visiting the emergency room for breathing problems. (2020-01-06)
NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite views New South Wales fires raging on
NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over the New South Wales fires in Australia on December 16, 2019 and found devastation from the ongoing fires. (2019-12-16)
Studies show integrated strategies work best for buffelgrass control
Buffelgrass is a drought-tolerant, invasive weed that threatens the biodiversity of native ecosystems in the drylands of the Americas and Australia. (2019-12-11)
Reducing wildfire risks for better management and resource allocation
Managing future wildfire risk requires an interface between human decision processes and knowledge about climate trends related to fire, as well as humans' abilities to anticipate wildfire potential and mitigation approaches are critical. (2019-12-10)
Ecology: Wildfire may benefit forest bats
Bats respond to wildfires in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in varied but often positive ways, a study in Scientific Reports suggests. (2019-12-05)
Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database
Researchers have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. (2019-12-04)
Study: Wildfires in Oregon's blue mountains to become more frequent, severe due to climate change
Under a warming climate, wildfires in Oregon's southern Blue Mountains will become more frequent, more extensive and more severe, according to a new Portland State University-led study. (2019-11-21)
NASA's terra satellite sees fire and smoke from devastating bushfires in Australia
The state of New South Wales (NSW) in south eastern Australia is continuing to experience devastating bushfires due to the dry tinder-like atmosphere in the territory: high winds, dry lightning and continuing heat. (2019-11-13)
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