Climate Change

World Bank announces sustainable forests landscapes initiative

The World Bank has announced the launch of a $280 million BioCarbon Fund Initiative, titled 'Sustainable Forest Landscapes,' to be funded by the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Examples of activities that may be supported under the new initiative include improved livestock management, climate smart agriculture, sustainable forest management, and the promotion of markets for sustainably produced products.

Research finds sleepy trees

Since warmer winters can be expected as the climate changes, the spring development phase for many typical forest trees might start later and later – giving an advantage to shrubs and invasive trees from warmer climates that don’t depend on the cold as factor to time their spring regrowth.

Webinar offers great resources for teaching about climate change

Join the Forest Service for the next climate change webinar for teachers: ClimateChangeLIVE Education Resources Highlights – Part 1 on Nov. 20, 2013 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. ET

ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure, brings you a wealth of climate change education resources and programs from 25 Federal agencies and non-profit organizations! We offer educators a source of trusted, science-based materials, which are correlated to science education standards.

Southern Forest Futures Project Report now available

The Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report is now available online, both in entirety and by chapter.  The report forecasts changes in forest conditions and resources based on a variety of scenarios—potential futures—and analyzes what those changes might mean for the future of southern forests.

The Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) started in 2008 as an effort to study and understand the various forces reshaping the forests across the 13 states of the Southeast.

Climate change creates complicated consequences

Climate change affects forests across North America—in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems.

But Dartmouth researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less susceptible to pests, which could boost forest health and acreage, timber harvests, carbon storage, water recycling and other forest benefits in some areas.

Study finds wood pellet fuel has low carbon impact

The use of woody biomass for power generation, while giving off carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, still produces significant carbon savings with long-term environmental benefits.  The wood pellet coalition says it wanted to rebut claims that have found forest-based bioenergy, such as wood pellets, release carbon into the environment faster than growing trees can