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Newswise: Study finds less impact from wildfire smoke on climate
Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Study finds less impact from wildfire smoke on climate
Los Alamos National Laboratory

New research revealed that tiny, sunlight-absorbing particles in wildfire smoke may have less impact on climate than widely hypothesized because reactions as the plume mixes with clean air reduce its absorbing power and climate-warming effect.

Newswise: Improving wildfire emissions model
Released: 6-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Improving wildfire emissions model
South Dakota State University

New satellite instrumentation will help researchers estimate fire emissions every half hour for the United States.

Newswise: Story Tips: Predicting fire risk, solid state stability check and images in a flash
Released: 6-Jul-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Story Tips: Predicting fire risk, solid state stability check and images in a flash
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL Story Tips: Predicting fire risk, solid state stability check and images in a flash

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15-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Know the risks of investing in forests
University of Utah

Some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions—a sort of climate investment. But as with any investment, it’s important to understand the risks. If a forest goes bust, researchers say, much of that stored carbon could go up in smoke. Forests can be best deployed in the fight against climate change with a proper understanding of the risks to that forest that climate change itself imposes.

Released: 16-Jun-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Wildfires cause bird songs to change
Oxford University Press

A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that wildfires change the types of songs sung by birds living in nearby forests.

Newswise: UNH Researchers Find Wildfires Can Alter Arctic Watersheds for 50 Years
Released: 28-May-2020 12:30 PM EDT
UNH Researchers Find Wildfires Can Alter Arctic Watersheds for 50 Years
University of New Hampshire

Climate change has contributed to the increase in the number of wildfires in the Arctic where it can dramatically shift stream chemistry and potentially harm both ecosystems and humans. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that some aftereffects, like decreased carbon and increased nitrogen, can last up to five decades and could have major implications on vital waterways.

Newswise: Study synthesizes what climate change means for Northwest wildfires
Released: 2-Apr-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Study synthesizes what climate change means for Northwest wildfires
University of Washington

Researchers synthesize how climate change will affect the risk of wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. The study also suggests how managers and individual landowners in different ecosystems can best prepare.

Newswise: Assessing Forests From Afar
Released: 31-Mar-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Assessing Forests From Afar
University of Delaware

A new study led by the University of Delaware’s Pinki Mondal recommends that in addition to using large swaths of coarse satellite data to evaluate forests on a national scale, it is important for countries to prioritize areas such as national parks and wildlife refuges and use finer scale data in those protected areas to make sure that they are maintaining their health and are being reported on accurately.

Newswise: Indian Ocean phenomenon spells climate trouble for Australia
Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Indian Ocean phenomenon spells climate trouble for Australia
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

New international research by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues has found a marked change in the Indian Ocean’s surface temperatures that puts southeast Australia on course for increasingly hot and dry conditions.

Newswise: The Lungs and Climate Change
Released: 5-Mar-2020 5:05 AM EST
The Lungs and Climate Change

Leading up to Earth Day on April 22, Cedars-Sinai is posting a weekly story and video that investigates the various ways climate change is impacting our bodies. This week's topic: The Lungs and Climate Change.

Newswise: Thinning, prescribed burns protected forests during the massive Carlton Complex wildfire
Released: 27-Feb-2020 3:40 PM EST
Thinning, prescribed burns protected forests during the massive Carlton Complex wildfire
University of Washington

In the first major study following the devastating 2014 Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington, researchers from the University of Washington and U.S. Forest Service found that previous tree thinning and prescribed burns helped forests survive the fire.

Released: 12-Feb-2020 12:30 PM EST
Toxicological Research on E-cigarettes, PFAS, Cannabinoids, Wildfires, and More to Be Presented during the SOT 59th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo
Society of Toxicology

With 80+ Featured and Scientific Sessions and 2,000+ presentations showcasing advances in fundamental and translational sciences and emerging disciplines and technologies, the 59th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo of the Society of Toxicology is the largest forum for toxicological research in the world.

Released: 12-Feb-2020 11:30 AM EST
Small marsupials in Australia may struggle to adjust to a warming climate

Numerous questions remain unanswered as to how the planet's species will respond to climate change.

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Released: 11-Feb-2020 2:50 PM EST
New research shows that El Niño contributes to insect collapse in the Amazon
Lancaster University

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.

Released: 6-Feb-2020 8:45 AM EST
DHS S&T to Evaluate Select Wildfire Sensor Technologies
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T selected four new industry partners to participate in a new wildfire sensors workstream of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs.

Newswise: Burning to understand
Released: 3-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Burning to understand
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Wildfires significantly impact the health of economies in the western United States that are highly dependent on tourism, agriculture, and timber. David Blunck, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to spearhead a $2.1 million study examining the burning behavior of live fuels in order to better predict and manage wildfires.

Newswise: California can become carbon neutral by 2045
Released: 30-Jan-2020 11:10 AM EST
California can become carbon neutral by 2045
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a robust suite of technologies to help California clear the last hurdle and become carbon neutral – and ultimately carbon negative – by 2045. This groundbreaking study, “Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California,” was conducted as part of LLNL’s expansive energy programs work and the Laboratory’s Carbon Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to identify solutions to enable global-scale CO2 removal from the atmosphere and hit global temperature targets.

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Released: 27-Jan-2020 3:40 PM EST
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm
Lancaster University

A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows.

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Released: 24-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Rising from the ashes: volunteers and good science will be vital to bush recovery after catastrophic fires
University of South Australia

University of South Australia ecologist Joan Gibbs describes the day that fires tore through her property in the Adelaide Hills, leaving a trail of devastation. One month on, there are signs of recovery.

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Released: 22-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
Air pollution in New York City linked to wildfires hundreds of miles away
European Geosciences Union (EGU)

A new study shows that air pollutants from the smoke of fires from as far as Canada and the southeastern U.S. traveled hundreds of miles and several days to reach Connecticut and New York City, where it caused significant increases in pollution concentrations.

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Released: 16-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST
New Penguin Colony Discovered in Argentina
Wildlife Conservation Society

Just in time for Penguin Awareness Day on January 20th, WCS researchers announced the discovery of a new colony of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) on a remote island in Argentina.

Newswise: Beyond the Bushfires, What Can Teachers Do to Help Their Kids?
Released: 10-Jan-2020 2:05 AM EST
Beyond the Bushfires, What Can Teachers Do to Help Their Kids?
University of South Australia

In a little over two weeks, more than three million Australian students will return to school, ready to start a new year. But, amid the packed lunches and book bags, many may also be returning with a sense of anxiety and confusion in the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires.

Newswise: Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought
Released: 9-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

To understand how the relentless heat, blazing wild fires, and bone-dry conditions have reached such extremes, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are looking to the ocean.

Newswise: Keep or Cancel Holiday Plans on Fire-Ravaged Kangaroo Island?
Released: 8-Jan-2020 6:45 PM EST
Keep or Cancel Holiday Plans on Fire-Ravaged Kangaroo Island?
University of South Australia

Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s most iconic tourism destinations, but as fires continue to rage across the once pristine environment, many holidaymakers are questioning whether to keep or cancel their travel plans.

Newswise: 2017 San Diego Wildfire Increased Pediatric ER Visits for Breathing Problems
Released: 6-Jan-2020 8:00 AM EST
2017 San Diego Wildfire Increased Pediatric ER Visits for Breathing Problems
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A small wildfire in San Diego County in 2017 resulted in a big uptick in children visiting the emergency room for breathing problems, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

5-Dec-2019 10:55 AM EST
Land of Fires: Evaluation of heavy metal blood-levels in populations exposed to toxic waste in southern Italy
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Toxic environmental agents, to which anyone is involuntarily exposed, represent non-negligible risk for human health and, therefore, environmental contamination has become a theme of primary importance worldwide.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 2:35 PM EST
FSU researchers use mechanical engineering, scientific computing and forestry to better understand prescribed burns
Florida State University

In the effort to mitigate destructive wildfires, wildland managers often fight those uncontrolled fires with prescribed fire — carefully controlled burns to safely eliminate the vegetation that piles up on forest floors and adds to potential fuel. A $2.2 million Department of Defense grant will fund an FSU investigation into the dynamics of smoke from prescribed burns, giving land managers a better understanding of when and how to best use the technique.

20-Nov-2019 2:30 PM EST
Reducing Wildfire Risks for Better Management and Resource Allocation
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

As wildfires become deadlier, larger and more expensive, there is strong interest in better risk governance. 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. Several presentations at the 2019 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting will explore analyses of past fire seasons, projections for the future and approaches for decision making aimed at mitigating risk.

Newswise: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database
Released: 4-Dec-2019 10:50 AM EST
Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database
University of Washington

Researchers have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Ultimately, it can help scientists make more informed decisions about fire and smoke situations.

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Released: 22-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
Study: Wildfires in Oregon's blue mountains to become more frequent, severe due to climate change
Portland State University

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.

Newswise: Fluid Dynamics Provides Insight into Wildfire Behavior
Released: 12-Nov-2019 1:55 PM EST
Fluid Dynamics Provides Insight into Wildfire Behavior
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The Kincade Fire has been burning through Sonoma County, displacing people from their homes and leaving destruction in its wake. It is a stark reminder of the increasingly pressing need for a better understanding of how fires begin and spread. This is where Rodman Linn and his research come in. He develops and uses computational models of the coupled interaction between the wildfires and surrounding atmosphere at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the November 2019 issue of Physics Today, Linn describes a few of the many ways that fluid dynamics controls the behavior of fires.

Newswise: November Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai
Released: 5-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
November Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai

Tips for this month include: • More heart valve patients now are able to choose minimally invasive procedures instead of open heart surgery. • Our experts tell how to protect your lungs during wildfire season. • Cedars-Sinai scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index. • 3D mammograms are becoming more popular and could save more lives. • Men's Health experts available to discuss "Movember" topics. • Flu experts also available

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