How trees affect the weather…hint: Trees’ water-use strategies can intensify droughts

University of Utah

 

Summary: New research find that some plants and trees are prolific spendthrifts in drought conditions — ‘spending’ precious soil water to cool themselves and, in the process, making droughts more intense.

 

Nature, said Ralph Waldo Emerson, is no spendthrift. Unfortunately, he was wrong.

New research led by University of Utah biologists William Anderegg, Anna Trugman and David Bowling find that some plants and trees are prolific spendthrifts in drought conditions — “spending” precious soil

Florida’s timber industry literally rotting away after Hurricane Michael wipes out 3M acres

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. – Fifth-generation timber farmer Will Leonard and his wife, Morgan, found out they were pregnant with their first child one week before Hurricane Michael unleashed its Category 5-force winds on their home in the Florida Panhandle, snapping Leonard’s trees like matchsticks and wiping out hundreds of acres of his decades-old timber.

“To see what my great grandfather, my grandfather, my father and my brother and I have worked towards destroyed in the matter of three and a half …

Carbon Price a key determinant in Urban Sprawl Reduction

Can Forests Slow Urban Sprawl?

A photo pastures and the Beef Unit barn at North Carolina State University with downtown Raleigh in background

Beef Unit barn and pastures off Lake Wheeler Road.

Urban areas across the United States are growing quickly, often removing surrounding farmland and forest resources. Rapid urbanization with low density sprawl presents numerous challenges to achieving healthy resilient communities, says Ross Meentemeyer, director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State. Urbanization can increase stormwater runoff and fragment critical wildlife habitat, adds Jordan Smith, an

ICE ON FIRE

Ice on Fire – A New, Free to Watch HBO Documentary on Climate Change
Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming.

Nature-based Resilience for Gulf Coast Communities

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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on initiatives and partnerships that are helping protect Gulf Coast shorelines and communities from extreme weather events and other

Scientists make case for stabilizing forest carbon to help mitigate climate change by Steve Carr, University of New Mexico

by Steve Carr, University of New Mexico

 

There’s no doubt that climate change is affecting ecosystems as well as the lifestyles of plants and animals around the globe. As temperatures rise, so do the complexity of the issues. Scientists, both in the United States and around the world, are actively pursuing mitigation solutions while providing governments with the understanding of natural hazards to help stem the effects of climate change.

 

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https://phys.org/news/2019-06-scientists-case-stabilizing-forest-carbon.html

UPCOMING WEBINAR re FOREST CARBON SHORT COURSE

The Michigan State University Forest Carbon and Climate Program (MSU FCCP) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 5 from 3:00 – 4:00pm EST in collaboration with the Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) as part of our 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series. This session will feature Speaker Michael Catania, Executive Director of Duke Farms, who will present “Natural Climate Solutions in New Jersey: Rejoining RGGI and a Case Study of Duke Farms.” The session will be followed by an open …

Climate Hub News

The mission of the USDA Climate Hubs is to develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies, with USDA agencies and partners, to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-informed decision-making, and to provide access to assistance to implement those decisions.  This is in alignment with the USDA mission to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
The Hubs provide technical …