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ForestGuard: Redefining Wildfire Prevention

In the realm of disaster preparedness, a group of innovative Turkish design graduates has birthed a groundbreaking solution: ForestGuard. Highlighted by Dezeen as part of the 'Designing for Disaster' series, this cutting-edge sensor system is poised to revolutionize wildfire detection.

2022: Second-Worst Year for European Wildfires

2022 marked a devastating year for wildfires in the EU, with close to 900,000 hectares of land scorched, equivalent to the size of Corsica, according to a recent report by the Commission's Joint Research Centre reveals that this year ranks as the second-worst in recorded history, with the most severe year being 2017, witnessing 1.3 million hectares of land burnt.

Low-Intensity Fires as Guardians Against Catastrophic Wildfires

Amidst the ongoing reevaluation of the U.S. Forest Service's wildfire strategy, groundbreaking research reveals the transformative power of low-intensity burning in curbing the risk of devastating fires for extended periods. This study, published in Science Advances, provides a robust quantification of the value of controlled and prescribed fires, shedding light on their protective effects and influencing future wildfire management strategies.

UK Forests Face ‘Catastrophic Ecosystem Collapse’ Within 50 Years

A study by European experts lists 15 overlooked and emerging issues that have the potential to drastically impact the UK's forests in the next half-century, with 'catastrophic forest ecosystem collapse' leading the concerns.

Amazon Deforestation Amplifies Climate Warming

Deforestation in the Amazon causes land surfaces up to 100 kilometres away to get warmer, according to a new study by a team of British and Brazilian scientists. The research led by Dr. Edward Butt at the University of Leeds underscores the vital role played by tropical forests in cooling the Earth's surface and highlights the far-reaching consequences of deforestation.

NISAR Mission to Monitor Forests and Wetlands

The NASA-ISRO Radar Satellite Mission, known as NISAR, is scheduled for launch in early 2024 and is a collaborative effort between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). NISAR is equipped with advanced radar systems that will scan nearly all of Earth's land and ice surfaces twice every 12 days, providing valuable data on ecosystems, particularly forests and wetlands, crucial in regulating greenhouse gases and understanding their impact on global climate change.

Diverse Seedlings Hold Key to Accelerating Tropical Forest Restoration

A groundbreaking ecological experiment led by the University of Oxford on Borneo Island demonstrates the remarkable potential of replanting logged tropical forests with diverse seedlings in expediting their recovery. Published in the journal Science Advances, the study underscores the significance of biodiversity preservation in pristine forests and its restoration in recovering logged forests.

Forest Bill; concerns on forest protection, land use changes

As protests against Manipur violence continue, the passage of the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill raises concerns about its potential impact on forest protection, carbon sinks, and land use changes.

NASA To Measure Forest Health from Above

From the ground, it could be hard to assess the scale of losses and effects disappearing trees have on atmospheric carbon dioxide...

CO2 emission Spiked in 2021; Study

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from wildfires that have been gradually increasing since 2000, spiked drastically to a record high in 2021,...