The haze from burning peat lands and forest fires in Indonesia could have caused more than 100,000 premature deaths in Southeast Asia, reports a recent study. The warning should elicit intensified efforts to address the crisis.
Public Health September 20, 2016
A hobbyist drone operator was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor after flying his drone over a wildfire in California. This is a serious offense, and here's the reason why.
Robotics July 18, 2016
A new alarm system is now being developed to provide early detection of possible fire occurrences in the forest. Built with a smoke sensor and a 3G network connection, prototype units of the Birdhouse Alarm are currently being tested.
Gadgets May 6, 2016
Global climate change could hinder the ability of forests to recover from fires. How serious is the problem and why are climatic changes a danger to woodlands?
Earth/Environment March 23, 2016
Populations of Native Americans in the Southwest dropped nearly after a century of European missionaries' arrival, contrary to claims that the dip occurred earlier. The wipeout had consequences not only on people, but on the environment as well.
Animals January 26, 2016
Fires seem to occur less likely on days associated with religion, and are strongly influenced by work week, a new Australian study revealed. Researchers looked into how culture, religion and human activity affects global climate.
Earth/Environment November 22, 2015
Two counties in California have been placed under a state of emergency by Gov. Jerry Brown due to the massive flames. The wildfires caused the residents to flee their homes and properties to save their lives.
Earth/Environment September 14, 2015
Highly detailed maps of recent California megafires, created with data from airborne NASA instruments, can improve restoration efforts, researchers say. The understanding of how such fires start and spread may be improved using such maps, they believe.
Geek April 13, 2015
The mountain pine beetle is not to blame for the increasing occurrence of wildfires in the U.S. Researchers instead point to climate change.
Earth/Environment March 26, 2015
Forests in the eastern United States were not affected by climate change over the last five centuries as much as local events, a new study found.
Earth/Environment October 16, 2014
A NASA satellite picked up a rare photo of a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, or fire cloud, in early August over a severe forest fire along the California-Oregon border. It also snapped one of an even larger cloud in Canada's Northern Territories.
Earth/Environment August 8, 2014
A team of researchers discovered that ancient forests recovered from wildfires the same way our forests today recover from it, thanks to fossil evidence. Here’s what they have to say.
Earth/Environment June 7, 2014
Fires caused by deforestation and climate change could lead to additional loss of rain forests, according to a new study. Too much stress could push the Amazon past a tipping point for easy recovery.
Earth/Environment April 16, 2014