One more horrific prediction has come to pass for California’s drought-ravaged forests. According to the US Forest Service, trees are dying at an even more astonishing rate than they were last summer, creating fuel for what will almost certainly be the worst wildfire season in memory.
The natural world is changing in significant ways thanks to human-caused climate change. While some species are flourishing, others are already gone forever. Now scientists are looking specifically at how US forests will transform due to the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Bye, Eastern hemlock, it was nice…
A new report from Michigan State University is praising China’s efforts to roll back decades of deforestation and habitat destruction, noting that there are major implications for global climate change and local biodiversity.
Tropical forest are large, complex and easy to get lost in—which isn’t helpful if you’re trying to study them. Now, scientists are using these amazing immersive mathematical models to understand the intricacies of tree canopies around the world.
Is this a forest? That depends on what you mean.
Human beings are having an overwhelming impact on Earth’s ecosystems, whether we’re pouring plastic into the ocean or filling the skies with carbon. But it’s not just modern society that’s to blame — our environmental legacy stretches way back into history. Since dawn of civilization, we’ve caused nearly half of the…
Ikea bought 83,000 acres of forest last month. In April, Apple bought 36,000 acres. What’s the reasoning behind these retail giants buying their own forests? To manage them.
If you happen to be flying anywhere in the western third of the US this summer, you’ll see a lot of brown: Dark umber bare mountain peaks, dusty khaki dry river beds, golden beige straw-like grass. Add one more shade to the mix: The reddish specks of trees killed by four years of crippling drought.
New high-resolution maps of international woodland reveal that the world lost 18 million hectares of forest—the same area as that covered by Oklahoma—to wildfires, deforestation, and development in 2013
Today is International Day of Forests, a global celebration of the importance of trees in our everyday lives. You're a techie who spends all day in front of your computer and you haven't cracked a window recently? Forests still matter, a lot.
The rainforests of the world are rapidly disappearing due to a range of issues, including illegal logging and cattle ranching. Now, researchers have pinpointed another surprising factor in the destruction of the rainforests in Central America: Drug trafficking.
We all know how it feels. A flame hits the fuse, and sparks spray into the cool nighttime air. Your jaw goes slack and your eyes wide when you hear the boom and smell the smoke. Well, this is how that feeling looks.
The city of Boca do Acre is a beautiful place to live, almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest—for now. Because you shouldn't be fooled by the pretty colors in this image: it actually reveals the rapid rate of deforestation in the area.
You're probably used to hearing about drones as these scary, deadly things causing chaos in Pakistan, but the scientific community is actually pretty pumped up about the technology. Why wouldn't they be? Drones can makes 3D maps of mountains.
The "O.P. Tree" was an Observation Post Tree deployed during World War I. Its "goal," as author Hanna Rose Shell explains in Hide and Seek, her newly published history of the relationship between camouflage and photography, "was to craft a mimetic representation of a tree-and not just any tree, but a particular tree…
Thanks to a new remote sensing technique, astronomers may soon be able to detect the presence of multicellular life (like trees) on planets outside of the Solar System.
NASA has created a global snapshot of the world's forests using satellites and LIDAR, a laser technology that measures the height of forest canopy using pulses of light. This map took seven years and 250 million pulses to create.
Thanks to satellite data from NASA and Google, researchers discovered that North Korea has begun logging the Mount Paekdu Biosphere Reserve, a 326,000-acre United Nations forest preserve and habitat of the endangered Siberian tiger.