And just when we thought it was all bad news, a study recently led by NASA experts has revealed that the Earth's tropical forests are somehow absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than experts thought possible, taking the harmful greenhouse gas from our atmosphere at unprecedented rates.
It's well past October, but it seems like the ghostly whitebark pine forests of Canada didn't get the memo. These stark white and skeletal trees are having a hard time recovering this winter, after being devastated by mountain pine beetles and infections of white pine blister rust. Now researchers are proposing that a friendly local fungus could get these forests in a more lively spirit for the holiday season.
Sixty years ago the cropland that once dominated the South Carolina longleaf pine woodlands was finally left untilled. Now, the woodlands appear to have recovered to their former glory, showing little evidence that they were once ever wide and empty fields. However, while it may not be obvious, local plant and animal life seems to still know what happened to their home not too long ago.
Salamanders are tricky to spot and certainly even harder to keep track of. That's why salamander populations have largely been left up to speculation. However, new research suggests that they are actually very prevalent, and play a significant role in the food chain of whole-forest ecosystems.
Researchers frequently mention how climate change is playing a heavy hand in the drastic changes forests are going through in the Northern Hemisphere, where cold-loving pines and firs are being bullied out by more adaptable species.
Recent research has revealed that trees across the world continue to grow significantly faster than they did before the 1960s, but what's the cause? Experts from Technische Universität München (TUM) provide evidence and speculation about this mysterious phenomenon in a recent study.
NASA will soon be taking some unique 3D snapshots of the Earth's forests from the International Space Station (ISS) in the hopes of learning more about our planet's important carbon cycle.
Past research has shown that forests will, in some ways, benefit greatly from the anticipated increased levels of carbon dioxide across the globe. However, a new study has found that negative disturbances in forests are on the rise, becoming more common and causing a significant amount of trouble and confusion about these all-important ecosystems.
NASA has recently announced the selection of two proposals to build new instruments that will allow the International Space Station (ISS) to monitor the Earth's plant life. Predictably, NASA is most interested in monitoring how climate change and human influence is affecting the planet's vegetation.
A new facility is being launched that will expose natural woodland to raised carbon dioxide levels, simulating conditions expected in the near future. This research is expected to give conversationalists and policy makers a look at future troubles the world's forests will face.
Regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore forests that were damaged over the years due to a rise in white-tailed deer populations, a Purdue study shows.