Here are selected articles recently published in scientific journals, websites, and elsewhere for your weekend reading:
UC Berkeley: Analysis of global fire risk shows big, fast changes ahead
A new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, projects a jump in the frequency of wildfires across almost all of North America and most of Europe, primarily because of increasing temperature trends. More on fire and a warmer climate in Green (a New York Times blog): Fire and Warming – Different Forecasts for Tropics and Temperate Zones
Science Daily: Fire Beetles May Revolutionize Early-Warning Systems for Forest Fires
Black fire beetles of the genus Melanophila possess unusual infrared sensors. It seems these sensor help the beetle detect forest fires, even from great distances, since their wood-eating larvae can only develop in freshly burned trees. This natural model opens up new perspectives on early warning systems for forest fires.
Greenhouse: U.S. lags Europe, Indonesia in producing clean energy
The United States has tripled its production of clean energy in the past decade, but it still lags far behind Europe and Indonesia and is only slightly ahead of Mexico and India in the share of electricity it gets from renewable sources, according to a scorecard by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Science Daily: Global Warming Threat Seen in Fertile Soil of Northeastern U.S. Forests
Vast stores of carbon in U.S. forest soils could be released by rising global temperatures, according to a study by UC Irvine and other researchers in a recent online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Scientific American: Prelude to a Catastrophe: “One of the Most Active and Most Explosive Volcanoes in the Cascade Range”
Just off the coast near Mount St. Helens, a small plate named the Juan de Fuca is subducting beneath the North American continent. And this has given birth to a very lively chain of volcanoes called the Cascades. The short (in geologic time) and active history of Mount St. Helens leading up the 1980 explosion is described.
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