Oct 2, 2015

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

Forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, scientists warn, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb the crisis. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid ...

Sep 24, 2015

New study finds trees may be 'on strike' against global warming

Trees, crucial absorbers of climate-harming carbon dioxide gas, may finally be balking at an ever-earlier spring brought on by global warming, researchers said Wednesday. Over the past several decades, trees across central Europe have been steadily sprouting their spring leaves earlier in response to ...

Cost of fighting U.S. wildfires could set a record

Sep 5, 2015

Cost of fighting U.S. wildfires could set a record

The battle against wildfires sweeping across the drought-stricken western United States, mobilizing 30,000 firefighters, could be the costliest on record with over $1.2 billion spent so far, officials say. Last week alone, a record $243 million was spent fighting more than 40 massive wildfires, ...

Lake Baikal area under threat from wildfires

Sep 4, 2015

Lake Baikal area under threat from wildfires

Raging wildfires have turned the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake in Siberia into an inferno, threatening the health and livelihood of locals and raising questions about Russia’s ability to protect its natural heritage. Critics have blamed authorities’ slow response for allowing the ...

Aug 21, 2015

Study: Humans hunt, fish at 'extreme' pace

Humans are “superpredators” that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish, scientists said Thursday, urging a focus on catching fewer and smaller creatures. People tend to kill adult fish at 14 times the rate of marine ...

Jun 25, 2015

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight. But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee ...