Wildfires and climate change

There is a direct connection between wildfires in the western United States and climate change. Featured article: Park Williams, A., Abatzoglou, J. T., Gershunov, A., Janin Guzman‐Morales, Bishop, D. A., Balch, J. K., & Lettenmaier, D. P. (2019). Observed impacts of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire in California. Earth’s Future, 7(8), 892-910. [PDF] [Cited by] “Recent fire seasons have fueled intense speculation regarding the effect…

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We need to work together; can we find a way?

News: This is worth 7 minutes of your time–a story of oil palm, Indonesia, researchers, and large multinational corporations. What does this have to do with you? You eat it and use it. “Palm oil is used in a staggering number of consumer products, from fast food, chocolate spread, and cereals to toothpaste and dog chow. It is also a source of biodiesel.” Can we…

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Restoring and maintaining natural forests can be a key to controlling carbon in the atmosphere

News: Recent headlines and research built on the 2018 IPCC special report have indicated that planting about 1 billion new hectares of forest globally (and preserving those trees to maturity) could substantially help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C by 2050; 1 hectare is equivalent to about 2.5 acres. That sounds somewhat encouraging (though a 1.5 degree C increase will still have large and…

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