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Fires Burning in Africa & Asia Cause High Ozone in Tropical Pacific

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UMD-led study indicates “biomass burning” may play larger role in climate change than previously realized.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Measuring the Impacts of Severe Wildfires in the Arctic

NAU researcher leads project to measure effects of severe boreal wildfires and the loss of permafrost on ecosystems. The NASA-funded research is part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment.

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International Research Team Finds Thriving Wildlife Populations in Chernobyl

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A team of international researchers, including James Beasley, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the Warnell School Forestry and Natural Resources, has discovered abundant populations of wildlife at Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear accident.

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Management Lessons from Wildfire Fighting, Twitter’s Impact on IPOs, and Reversing Repugnant Views of Human Organ Sales Are among Topics in New Johns Hopkins Business Research Magazine

The fall 2015 issue of Changing Business is now available online and in print. The cover story, “Trial by Fire,” examines a study in which workers in various fields can benefit from the lessons that wildfire fighting offers in performing well under unpredictable circumstances. The topic is of particular timeliness as states in the Western U.S. continue to battle spreading wildfires.

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Reducing Catastrophic Wildfires Through Managed Burns

An article published in Science this week, suggests catastrophic wildfire danger could be reduced by increasing use of planning burning in land management plans.

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Southern California Wildfires Exhibit Split Personalities

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Wildfires have ravaged both populated and unpopulated regions of Southern California at an increasing rate over the past few decades, and scientists from three University of California campuses and partner institutions are predicting that by midcentury, as a consequence of climate change causing hotter and drier summers, a lot more will go up in flames.

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UCI, NASA Researchers Find Link Between Amazon Fire Risk, Devastating Hurricanes

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Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists’ findings appear in the journal Geophysical Research Letters near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s calamitous August 2005 landfall at New Orleans.

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Ocean Acidification, Fighting Wildfires, the Mediterranean Diet and more Top Stories 23 July 2015

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Trial by Fire: Wildfire Fighting Offers Lessons in Performing Well in Unpredictable Situations

As continued drought and unusually high temperatures raise alarm over the severity of this year’s wildfire season in western states, a Johns Hopkins University researcher’s study of wildland firefighting has uncovered lessons in performing under uncertainty that should benefit workers in a variety of contexts.

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Changing Climate Lengthens Forest Fire Season

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Over a 35-year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by 18.7 percent due to more rain-free days and hotter temperatures, according to South Dakota State University professor Mark Cochrane, a senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. The wildfire expert is part of a team of researchers led by W. Matt Jolly of the U.S. Forest Service Fire Science Laboratory that examined weather data from 1979 through 2013 to determine how a changing climate impacts forest ecosystems.

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Scientists Study How, Why Butterflies Survive Fires

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Deciding how often and when to use prescribed fire can be tricky, especially when managing for rare butterflies, University of Florida scientists say. That realization stems from a UF Institute of Food and Agricultural study in which researchers experimented with pupae -- insects in their immature form between larvae and adults -- of butterflies known to frequent fire-prone habitats of Florida.

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Starved for Fire, Wisconsin’s Pine Barrens Disappear

A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.

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Wildfire Expert Available to Comment on Earth Hour, Carbon Emissions

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Forest Managers Hindered in Efforts to Use Prescribed Burns to Control Costly Wildfires

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Land managers use prescribed burns to help prevent wildfires and protect the ecosystem. They prefer to burn every few years, but costs, liability and proximity to development prevent them from performing the prescriptive burns.

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Wildfires that Could Impact Human Communities in Eastern Colorado Rockies Most Likely to Start on Private Lands, Experts Say

Scientists find that on the front range of the Colorado Rockies the highest fire risk factors are from privately owned lands and threaten other privately held land and property.

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Can Biomass Harvesting Reduce the Risk of Wildfires: HSU Forestry Expert Can Comment

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Wildfire Expert Available to Comment on California, Oregon, Washington Blazes

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Wildland Fire Modeling Can Lead to Better Predictions

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If we can better understand scientifically how wildland fires behave, we’ll have a better chance to accurately predict their evolution.