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Article ID: 705263

Fire’s effects on soil moisture, runoff

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

The 2011 Las Conchas mega-fire in New Mexico burned more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Now, using data from the fire, researchers at Los Alamos have created an experimental model that will help us better understand the interactions of fire and water in the soil.

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12-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
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    5-Dec-2018 8:00 AM EST

Article ID: 704667

Wildfire Ash Could Trap Mercury

American Chemical Society (ACS)

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, heat waves and drought conditions spawned hundreds of wildfires in the western U.S. And in November, two more devastating wildfires broke out in California, scorching thousands of acres of forest, destroying homes and even claiming lives. Now, researchers studying ash from recent California wildfires report in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology that burned material in forests might help sequester mercury that otherwise would be released into the environment.

Released:
30-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 704730

Colombia Tropical Forest Fires Spike After 2016 Peace Accords

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Released:
4-Dec-2018 5:00 AM EST
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    3-Dec-2018 4:10 PM EST

Article ID: 703777

Coping With Threats from Hurricanes, Wildfires and Rising Sea Levels

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Risk assessment and risk mitigation practices can be beneficial in creating adaptation plans and making mitigation decisions for coastal communities. As scientists ponder the possibility of category six hurricanes, previous disaster prevention plans are no longer adequate for current threats from severe weather.

Released:
12-Nov-2018 9:50 AM EST
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Article ID: 704725

Study Reveals Peace in Colombia Has an Unexpected Result – Deforestation

Stony Brook University

In a first-of-a-kind study published Nature Ecology & Evolution, scientists provide evidence that implementing the peace accords in Colombia coincided with a spike of fires and deforestation in protected areas.

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30-Nov-2018 3:30 PM EST

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