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Mongabay -7 days ago

Makers of Oreos, KitKats among brands linked to Indonesia forest fires

JAKARTA — The makers of Oreo cookies and KitKat chocolate bars are among the companies getting some of their palm oil from producers linked to the fires that have razed large swaths of land in Indonesia, a new report says. The fires, started mostly to clear land for planting, have burned 8,578 square kilometers (3,304 […]...

timberbiz -1 week ago

EU Commission publishes annual report on forest fires

On 31 October 2019, the European Commission published the 2018 edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. According to the report, wildfires destroyed nearly 178,000 hectares (ha) of forests and land in the EU last year. Source: Timberbiz While this is less than one sixth of the area burnt in 2017, and less than the long-term average, more countr...

Springer -2 weeks ago

Spatiotemporal changes in forest loss and its linkage to burned areas in China

Abstract Fire-induced forest loss has substantially increased worldwide over the last decade. In China, the connection between forest loss and frequent fires on a national scale remains largely unexplored. In this study, we used a data set for a time-series of forest loss from the Global Forest Watch and for a MODIS-derived burned area for 2003–2015 to ascertain variations in f...

timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Report and recommendations post NZ Tasman fires

New Zealand foresters are agreeing with the main recommendations coming out of the just released review of the Tasman fires which happened last February, but say there’s nothing in the report that hasn’t been said before and implementation is overdue. Source: Timberbiz The chair of the joint Farm Forestry and Forest Owners Association fire committee, Sean McBride says the fire report is compre...

WRI -2 weeks ago

3 Things to Know for Designing Indonesia's Next Steps on Climate Change

3 Things to Know for Designing Indonesia's Next Steps on Climate Change Comments|Add Comment|PrintFarming rice near Yogyakarta. Photo by Gunawan Kartapranata/Wikimedia Recently, toxic haze from forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan brought tremendous public health impacts to Indonesia. But events like these go beyond the present: they could accelerate the climate crisis in Indonesia in the l...

Mongabay -2 weeks ago

Indonesian court fines palm oil firm $18.5m over forest fires in 2015

JAKARTA — A court in Indonesia has ordered palm oil company PT Arjuna Utama Sawit to pay the equivalent of $18.6 million in fines and damages for fires on its land in Borneo in 2015, in the latest instance of a zero-tolerance enforcement approach against concession holders. The fires razed 970 hectares (2,400 acres) of […]...

Elsevier -3 weeks ago

Juvenile thinning can effectively mitigate the effects of drought on tree growth and water consumption in a young Pinus contorta stand in the interior of British Columbia, Canada

Publication date: 15 December 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 454Author(s): Yi Wang, Xiaohua Wei, Antonio D. del Campo, Rita Winkler, Jianping Wu, Qiang Li, Wanyi LiuAbstractLarge-scale forest disturbances including mountain pine beetle infestation and forest fires have generated overstocked lodgepole pine stands in the interior of British Columbia. A critical need is to determin...

timberbiz -3 weeks ago

Indonesian 2019 forest fires already exceed those of 2018

The amount of land in Indonesia consumed by fires through September this year has exceeded the amount burned during all of 2018, according to data provided by a government official recently. Sources: Timberbiz, Reuters Raffles Panjaitan, forest fire management acting director at the Forestry and Environment Ministry, said that by the end of September 2019 a total of 857,756 hectares (2.12 million ...

Elsevier -4 weeks ago

Comparative analysis of spatial variation in forest fire drivers between boreal and subtropical ecosystems in China

Publication date: 15 December 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 454Author(s): Zhangwen Su, Mulualem Tigabu, Qianqian Cao, Guangyu Wang, Haiqing Hu, Futao GuoAbstractDrivers of forest fire are complex and may spatially vary between different ecosystems; thus their identification is critical for the development of effective fire management strategies. Here we identified the spatial d...

Forest Sweden -4 weeks ago

Decreased activity in notification of final felling area in September

Monthly statistics from the Swedish Forest Agency shows an overall decrease in notified area for final felling in September compared to the same month 2018 – in region South of Northern Sweden 41 per cent. The reason behind the decrease are the vast areas notified after the extensive forest fires last year. In region Central Sweden forest owners continues the high level of forest operations with...

Elsevier -1 month ago

Wildfire impacts on water quality, macroinvertebrate, and trout populations in the Upper Rio Grande

Publication date: 1 December 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 453Author(s): Ashley J. Rust, Jackie Randell, Andrew S. Todd, Terri S. HogueAbstractForest fires affect water quality in disrupted watersheds, which can impact aquatic ecosystems including sensitive macroinvertebrates and fish. The West Fork Complex (WFC) fire consumed 44,360 ha of forest in the state of Colorado duri...

The Guardian -1 month ago

Bolivian Amazon fires: relief as rains douse two-month inferno

Heavy rains have helped military contain blazes that have burnt more than 4m hectares of landHeavy rains over recent days in the Bolivian Amazon have helped put out forest fires that have raged for two months across the land-locked South American nation, charring more than 4m hectares of land, local authorities said on Monday.The storms helped Bolivia’s military contain blazes in the region of C...

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