Forests

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
A rolling forest fire in Alberta, Canada, May 28, 2011. (Photo: Environment and Sustainable Resource Development/Government of Alberta)
Apocalyptic images of fire and brimstone may well be the future of our planet, according to a new scientific study which found that the recent uptick in forest fires is due in large part to human-caused climate change. The research team, from the University of Idaho and Columbia University, said that scientists have known for some time that global...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
British Columbia on Monday will announce "one of the most visionary forest...
Tim Radford
LONDON—Spring is arriving ever earlier as greenhouse gas levels rise and global...

Further

Bad news on all sides on our human propensity for taking without thinking. A new study finds researchers have "grossly underestimated" the impact on the Amazon rainforest of logging and other human activity, even as California park rangers combat a surge in nightime bandits - aka "midnight burlers" - poaching the burl from old-growth redwoods to sell for furniture. The tallest trees on earth, old-growth redwoods once covered almost 2,000,000 acres of California; today, less than 5% of that...