Extreme temperatures in Alaska are causing an outbreak of explosive wildfires throughout the state, with Fairbanks, Anchorage experiencing its warmest March to date, as reported recently by Our Daily Planet. Just in the week of July 3rd, more than 600,000 acres of lands burned – doubling the year-to-date burn total which now sits at 1.28 million acres. By the end of the year, it is estimated that 2 million to 3 million acres will have been engulfed in flames. Fires are not only getting more frequent, but increasingly bigger and harder to contain. In Anchorage, the Hess Creek fire is now the largest fire in the U.S. at over 149,000 acres.Continue Reading 507 words
Millions of acres of pine woodlands used to cover a large portion of the Midwest but as humans logged these trees and suppressed natural fires, dense forests with thick leaf litter and tree species that were less fire-resistant took their place–leading to more intense and unpredictable wildfires as well as the loss of native bird […]Continue Reading 325 words
Millennials get accused of a lot of things but killing plants isn’t one of them. As Bloomberg reported, this generation is responsible for reviving the once-moribund market for houseplants. In the past three years, U.S. sales have surged almost 50 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the National Gardening Association. With many Millennials delaying parenthood, plants […]Continue Reading 104 words
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While we cover animal species extinctions a lot in ODP, but plants are also struggling to survive in a world that’s rapidly being altered by climate change. According to a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, 600 plant extinctions have taken place of the past two and a half centuries. As […]Continue Reading 417 words
by Madison Pravecek and Miro Korenha Late last month, the Atlanta City Council voted to transform 7.1 acres of unused property into a public park and garden. The best part about it? The park will grow organically-grown nuts, fruits, berries, vegetables and medicinal herbs for local residents to propagate and pick free of charge. Once […]Continue Reading 464 words
Wildfire season has returned to North America with deadly force as 28 fires continue to rage across in Alberta, Canada and have burned more than 700,000 acres of land while forcing over 11,000 people to evacuate. The fires have been burning since the end of May and despite military aid and fire fighting efforts, dry […]Continue Reading 357 words
Forest carbon offsets are a mechanism by which the carbon stored in forests is quantified, sold to those looking to offset their carbon emissions and then landowners or forest stewards are paid to conserve forest versus clearing it for farming, logging, or mining. These offsets have long been touted as a solution to deforestation around […]Continue Reading 713 words
We wrote today that wildfire season has arrived in California and towns and landowners around the state are deploying armies of goats to help them clear the underbrush. Herds of goats are becoming so popular as a means of fire prevention that some towns are holding “Goat Fund Me” campaigns to ensure that they can […]Continue Reading 92 words
If you’ve ever been to a tropical rainforest you know how magical the layer of mist that hangs over the forest can look. Aside from giving forests their ethereal quality this layer of mist regulates temperatures and maintains humidity levels for plants and animals who are adapted to the very specific conditions of a tropical […]Continue Reading 494 words
After Monday’s tragic fire that ravaged Paris’ Notre-Dame cathedral, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed that “the worst has been avoided” and vowed to immediately begin the process of rebuilding the 856-year-old church. While the main structure of the cathedral survived, the wooden roof was destroyed and replacing it with comparable oak will be impossible as […]Continue Reading 421 words
A dedicated team of scientists from the Atlanta Botanical Garden and local volunteers in the Florida Panhandle is racing to save the 750 or so “gopher wood” trees that remain in the U.S. According to Earther, religious scholars have long searched for the tree that Noah used to construct his arc — Genisis 6:14 says it was from “gopher wood.”Continue Reading 475 words
National Geographic broke the story yesterday that a team of researchers from the U.K. this week found the world’s first 100-meter tall tropical tree in the forests of Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. To put it in perspective, if this tree was laid on the ground it would be longer than […]Continue Reading 161 words