How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

The wood pellet industry argues that it provides an alternative to coal and relies on a sustainable resource: forests that will regrow in the future and remove carbon from the atmosphere .But many scientists and conservation groups say the opposite: that burning wood is as dirty as coal, and the claim of carbon neutrality is an error that will boost emissions and make it impossible to keep the planet from warming further.

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

“You can think of cutting down the forest as 100 years of global warming happening instantly,” says Nicholas Wolff , a climate scientist at The Nature Conservancy and lead author on the research.

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

But since the 18th century, California's kelp forest has been steadily mowed down by purple urchins, thanks to the massacre of their natural predator—the sea otter—hunted for its one-of-a-kind fur.Thanks in part to this first-of-its-kind program, the sea otter population along the California coast has swelled to 3,000.

The (Very Slow) Race to Move Forests in Time to Save Them

The (Very Slow) Race to Move Forests in Time to Save Them

In California, where I live, climate change helped kill nearly 62 million trees in 2016 alone, and last year, 4.2 million acres of our state burned.

Drones May Help Replant Forests—If Enough Seeds Take Root

Drones May Help Replant Forests—If Enough Seeds Take Root

To help restore fire-ravaged forests and temper the effects of climate change, a handful of young companies want to scatter seeds from drones.

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

The resulting “urchin barrens,” as divers call them, can stretch hundreds of miles, with scientists reporting earlier this year that some Northern California kelp forests have suffered 95 percent loss since 2012.Kelp are key to much of the West Coast’s marine biodiversity.

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

“The authors of this paper are active field biologists, and we noticed that we just don’t see weasels in our data after field work,” says coauthor Roland Kays, research professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State and head of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Biodiversity Lab.

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats.

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

“Over the years, I’ve built up a network of people in the different collecting areas who helped me with seed collection,” Swift said.But while there’s a huge focus on planting trees, there’s little on where those seedlings will come from.

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

“It took us a long time to gather enough data that we could have a clear picture of what was going on during the extinction,” Carvalho told Ars. While the study deals with Colombian fossils, Carvalho said the researchers can get a fair idea of what happened in rainforests elsewhere in Central and South America, though the effects of the asteroid's impact are somewhat variable from region to region.

Portraits of a Neighborhood’s ‘Wood Wide Web’

Portraits of a Neighborhood’s ‘Wood Wide Web’

When the pandemic hit, photographer Andres Gonzalez retreated to his home in Vallejo, north of the San Francisco Bay. He started devouring novels, including Richard Powers' climate epic The Overstory, which was inspired partly by the forest ecologist Suzanne Simard's research on mycorrhizal networks.

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

© Jon Hall / Samantha Hopkins has been studying mountain beaver evolution for years, working and living in their habitat.“Most people don’t know there are these little brown loafs living in forested tunnels and eating ferns,” says Hopkins, a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oregon.

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, remembers walking into forests of northern Mexico to the deafening chatter of hundreds of thick-billed parrots.

A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests

A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests

Researchers are using centuries-old British sea charts and advanced technology, such as camera drones and satellite images, to trace shifts in the abundance and distribution of kelp beds over time, said geographer Maycira Costa.

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

FAO - News Article: One Planet – FAO’s work on biodiversity, One Health and climate

With projects amounting to $796.2 million last year, FAO works around the world, from combatting deforestation in Argentina to rangeland restoration in the Sudan, to support the transition towards low-emission, sustainable food systems through climate-smart approaches, practices and techniques that preserve the environment and biodiversity, and at the same time, help build the resilience of millions of poor family farmers.

Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Poloskey, an education and outreach coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Texas , spent the summer collecting about 2,260 pine needles in the rugged yet fragile Davis Mountains of West Texas, fieldwork to help gain a better understanding of the genetics of ponderosa pines.

A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

But a high-altitude Bolivian cloud forest has staked its claim as a global biodiversity hotspot as biologists announced today that they discovered an amazing 20 species new to science, including a poisonous viper, a super tiny frog, and four species each of orchids and butterflies.

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In the Magdalena basin itself, some of its tributaries could transport us to those forested landscapes crossed by a river of crystal-clear water, such as the Samaná Norte River, or the Otún River, to name the closest ones, which also have unique ecological value.

Fiordland air sharing secrets with scientist

Fiordland air sharing secrets with scientist

Dr Sperlich, and NIWA principal technician Ross Martin, will be collecting air samples as part of research into the native Fiordland forest to determine exactly how much carbon it is absorbing.

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

To that end, TNC is working with partners, including the USFWS, to derive lessons and best practices to maximize Palmyra’s resilience in the face of climate change by eradicating black rats, realigning the native rainforest, and reintroducing endangered bird species.

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

These pointed rock formations, like the famed Stone Forest in China's Yunnan Province, are the result of solids dissolving into liquids in the presence of gravity, which produces natural convective flows, according to the NYU team.

Forest Surprise: A Wolf Story

Forest Surprise: A Wolf Story

The consensus: A lone Mexican grey wolf on a walk-about, hundreds of miles from where his forebears were re-introduced back in 1998: Arizona’s White Mountains on the border with New Mexico.

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

Along with thinning trees in overcrowded forests, Kusel says, biomass projects help rebuild rural communities by creating jobs, all while preventing the massive carbon emissions released in wildfires.Kusel’s projects utilize dead, diseased, and burned trees, along with the small-diameter green trees that he says overcrowd forests and contribute to fire danger.

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

© Manuel Morales Roman Like many of the places where The Nature Conservancy works, Chiapas, Mexico, is a biodiversity hotspot under threat: as the fertility of existing agricultural lands decreases, the agricultural sector expands into bordering forests.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

“If you look at a fire engine going down the street, there's four personnel inside who technically are not socially distanced,” says Mike Mohler, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

"Mapping peatlands to know their location, extent and greenhouse gas emissions potential, can help countries to plan and better manage their land, water and biodiversity, mitigating climate change and adapting to it more effectively," says Maria Nuutinen, FAO's lead peatlands expert with the Forestry Department and co-author of the publication.

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

27 January 2020, Rome - The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre The first time Wong Siew Te saw the bear, his hairs stood on end and he shivered.Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre They eat fruit then distribute seeds from trees into far flung parts of the forest through their digestive system.

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