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Mind the mangroves! Some Kenyans combat the threat of logging with hidden beehives

"...Mangroves are threatened by illegal logging, climate change and rising seas, pollution and urban development. According to a Kenya environment ministry report in 2018, about 40% of mangroves along the Indian Ocean coast are degraded..."

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After Beryl, Houston-area farmers pull together to face unique challenges

"...Extreme weather like drought, floods and storms all hit farmers hard, especially those with small outfits, and scientists expect many of those nasty conditions to get worse as a result of climate change..."

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Moment of silence held for firefighter killed last year

"...“Every day during wildfire season, our firefighting crews work long, demanding hours to protect communities,” Ralston said..."

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B.C. Wildfire Service says several new fires ignited by lightning since Friday

"...The BC Wildfire Service says five new wildfires were ignited by lightning in British Columbia since Friday, and combined with roughly a dozen other new blazes, the total number burning across the province now stands at more than 150..."

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'It isn't threatening us right now': Flin Flon mayor provides wildfire update

"...A wildfire near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border isnt threatening local communities at this time, according to the mayor of Flin Flon, Man..."

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Cooler Friday weather results in reduced water consumption

"...Cooler Calgary weather helped water consumption drop Friday, the city said in its Saturday update..."

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Northern Quebec town preparing for possible evacuation as Labrador fire rages

"...FERMONT, QUEBEC A northern Quebec town is facing a possible evacuation order as a forest fire rages nearby on the other side of the provincial boundary with Newfoundland and Labrador..."

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Toronto under heat warning as 'heat event' expected to begin Sunday

"...In its advisory, Environment And Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said a heat event is expected to begin on Sunday and may continue into Tuesday..."

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Wildfire near Fort Nelson River now listed as 'being held,' lightning suspected

"...FORT NELSON, B. C. A wildfire reported near the Fort Nelson River on July 12th has now been reported by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) as ‘being held'..."

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Tips for staying safe against blue-green algae this summer

"...Elizabeth Montgomery, a water resource specialist with the Halifax Regional Municipality, said what weve come to know as blue-green algae isnt actually algae at all; its a bacteria called cyanobacteria..."

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West Virginia school will remain open for now amid toxic groundwater fears

"...PADEN CITY, W. Va. (AP) A small West Virginia school will remain open for now after a court temporarily blocked an effort to relocate classes due to the towns contaminated groundwater being added to a national cleanup priority list..."

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Two tornadoes confirmed for London, Ont. on July 10

"...The Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) has confirmed two EF0 tornadoes occurred in London, Ont. on Wednesday July 10, 2024..."

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All-night journeys for some fleeing roaring wildfire near Labrador City

"...There was only one stop for gasoline for people fleeing a wildfire near Labrador City on Friday, and workers at Strickland's Auto and Gas in Churchill Falls pulled an all-nighter to keep it open..."

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Missing Polish coal miner found alive more than two days after an earthquake

"...WARSAW, Poland (AP) A miner who went missing after an earthquake shook Poland's Rydultowy coal mine has been found alive more than two days after the accident that killed one and injured 17 other workers, local officials said Saturday..."

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Podcasts

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The human cost of coal mining in China | Xiaojun "Tom" Wang

Duration: 14:31

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Hurricane Beryls trail of destruction

Duration: 28:57

"...Source: Science in Action..."

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Fireside Chat with John Kempf & Koen van Seijen @ Groundswell '24

Duration: 57:50

"...Ever wondered how podcasting can transform the field of regenerative agriculture? This fire side chat with John Kempf and Koen van Seijen, hosts of the most followed and longest existing podcasts in the regenerative agriculture and food space, was recorded live at Groundswell 2024. This is an intimate conversation where we dive deep in the the long-term dedication needed to engage an audience genuinely, the nerve-wracking journey of publishing the initial episodes and the relentless effort req..."

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Guarding the harvest: Tips for on-farm fire safety and prevention

Duration: 9:58

"...With a spring fire season that has fired up early and hot in Western Canada, there is no time like today to start working on a fire prevention plan..."

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Academic Research

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Beyond trees: Mapping total aboveground biomass density in the Brazilian savanna using high-density UAV-lidar data

"...However, their ability to store and sequester carbon is uncertain due to combined and intermingling effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change, which impact wildfire regimes and vegetation dynamics..."

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Bark attributes determine variation in fire resistance in resprouting tree species

"...Predicting the impact of wildfires on ecosystem services and habitat values requires quantifying rates of post-fire tree mortality and topkill..."

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Roxborough Park Community Wildfire Evacuation Drill: Data Collection and Model Benchmarking

"...The dataset is released in open access and is deemed to be useful for future wildfire evacuation modelling calibration and validation efforts..."

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Differences in Canopy Cover Estimations from ALS Data and Their Effect on Fire Prediction

"...Canopy cover is a primary attribute used in empirical wildfire models for certain fuel types..."

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"...To show the real-life applicability of our proposed architecture, it is introduced in a realistic setting such as wildfire monitoring, including a conceptual overview of how the proposed architecture could be implemented in this domain..."

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Modeling information diffusion in online social networks using a modified forest-fire model

"...In this paper, we attempt to model information propagation in online social networks using a nature-inspired approach based on a modified forest-fire model..."

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Inaction on Climate Change Projected to Reduce European Life Expectancy

"...In this paper, we convert excess mortality estimates due to increases in extreme weather from climate change (heat waves, cold waves, droughts, wildfires, river and coastal floods, and windstorms) into potential reductions in life expectancy at birth in thirty-one European countries..."

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Wildfire burn scar encapsulation

"...Due to drastic alterations of soil properties and to the land surfaces by these fires, risks of flash floods, debris flows, and severe erosion increases for these areas, which can have catastrophic consequences for biota, people and property..."

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Review of Infrastructure Resiliency Policy for Natural Disasters

"...A clear focus has been placed on earthquakes and flooding while wildfires and drought have been neglected..."

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North American fire weather catalyzed by the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones

"...While the chaotic nature of the ETC and jet stream interaction means that ETCs grouped by similar characteristics and locations can result in varying downstream responses, the composite analysis reveals some areas of consistently altered fire weather for ETCs which recurve at certain longitudinal ranges, including the Pacific Northwest and northern Intermountain West..."

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Impact of extratropical cyclones, floods, and wildfires on firms? financial performance in New Zealand

"...The study findings also indicate that floods had no significant effect on the firm?s profit, and wildfires had no significant impact on the forestry firms? profit..."

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How Bad Are Bananas?

The Carbon Footprint of Everything

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"...An improved understanding of the complex relationship between climate change and society is essential for modifying ecologically harmful human behaviors and institutional practices, creating just and effective environmental policies, and developing a more sustainable future..."

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The Climate Challenge

101 Solutions to Global Warming

"...Each solution describes steps that are already being used in homes, schools, businesses, cities, and governments around the world-with full scientific references to help the reader dig deeper and push farther..."

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Resetting Our Future

What If Solving the Climate Crisis Is Simple?

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