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Ocean Acidification, Fighting Wildfires, the Mediterranean Diet and more Top Stories 23 July 2015

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Trial by Fire: Wildfire Fighting Offers Lessons in Performing Well in Unpredictable Situations

As continued drought and unusually high temperatures raise alarm over the severity of this year’s wildfire season in western states, a Johns Hopkins University researcher’s study of wildland firefighting has uncovered lessons in performing under uncertainty that should benefit workers in a variety of contexts.

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Changing Climate Lengthens Forest Fire Season

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Over a 35-year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by 18.7 percent due to more rain-free days and hotter temperatures, according to South Dakota State University professor Mark Cochrane, a senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. The wildfire expert is part of a team of researchers led by W. Matt Jolly of the U.S. Forest Service Fire Science Laboratory that examined weather data from 1979 through 2013 to determine how a changing climate impacts forest ecosystems.

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Scientists Study How, Why Butterflies Survive Fires

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Deciding how often and when to use prescribed fire can be tricky, especially when managing for rare butterflies, University of Florida scientists say. That realization stems from a UF Institute of Food and Agricultural study in which researchers experimented with pupae -- insects in their immature form between larvae and adults -- of butterflies known to frequent fire-prone habitats of Florida.

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Starved for Fire, Wisconsin’s Pine Barrens Disappear

A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.

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Wildfire Expert Available to Comment on Earth Hour, Carbon Emissions

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Forest Managers Hindered in Efforts to Use Prescribed Burns to Control Costly Wildfires

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Land managers use prescribed burns to help prevent wildfires and protect the ecosystem. They prefer to burn every few years, but costs, liability and proximity to development prevent them from performing the prescriptive burns.

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Wildfires that Could Impact Human Communities in Eastern Colorado Rockies Most Likely to Start on Private Lands, Experts Say

Scientists find that on the front range of the Colorado Rockies the highest fire risk factors are from privately owned lands and threaten other privately held land and property.

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Biomass, Renewable Energy, Forest biomass, woody biomass, forest fire, Wildfire, Pellets, Department Of Energy, California

Can Biomass Harvesting Reduce the Risk of Wildfires: HSU Forestry Expert Can Comment

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Wildfire Expert Available to Comment on California, Oregon, Washington Blazes

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