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Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change
The Story Group
A vivid short film about the on-the-ground experiences of veteran wildfire
fighters in Colorado, where fires fueled by heat and drought have increased
the length of the the fire season and the intensity and size of wildfires.
(12 minutes, February 2015)
Badru's Story: Inside Africa's Impenetrable Forest
Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele
Winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, this short film
documents the work done by Badru Mugerwa and others to monitor (via remote
cameras) the wildlife of Uganda's deep mountain forests. Some amazing images
accompany this inspiring story.
(6 minutes, 2014)
Explained in 90 Seconds: How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires
James West, Climate Desk, Wired
In this short, clear video, Professor Matthew Hurteau of Pennsylvania State
University links climate change, prolonged drought, fire suppression, and
wildfires. See below the video for a link to a June 2013
story by James West
(in Mother Jones) that explains the links at more length.
(90 seconds, August 2013)
Burning! A Longer US Fire Season May Be the New Normal
Jason Sibold, Living on Earth
This radio interview (online, MP3, and transcript) considers wildfires in the
southern Rockies in the context of climate change: why the fire season is now
about 75 days longer than it was 40 years ago, and what this means.
(6 minutes, February 2013)
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Peter Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research
(7 minutes, February 2010)
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The Forests of the World Are in Serious Trouble, Scientists Report
Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, August 2015
A good summary of the August 21 issue of the journal Science that focuses on
this topic, with descriptions of threats‒including those linked to
climate change‒to four kinds of forests, tropical, temperate, boreal,
How Megafires Are Remaking American Forests
Laura Parker, National Geographic, August 2015
What happens when really big fires burn? They may permanently change the
landscape. Such fires are expected to become the norm, and so scientists are
The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests Worldwide
Jeff Tietz, Rolling Stone, March 2015
Sobering but clear, informative, and broad piece about forests of the US
Southwest and around the world, with especially useful explanations of how
heat, water, and carbon dioxide operate in individual trees.
Withering Clouds: Climate Change Damaging Biodiverse Costa Rica Forest
Ryan Schuessler, Al Jazeera America, February 2015
A good, though sobering, story about what is happening in Costa Rica's cloud
forests as temperatures‒and clouds‒rise, pushing living things
This is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires
Tim McDonnell, Climate Desk and Grist.org, June 2014
The title is accurate, and the short article and links are informative. Though
climate change is just one of the factors in the rising cost of fighting
wildfires, this is an issue that looms large for the future, especially in
the U.S. West.
Can Flamethrowers Help Trees Migrate?
Elizabeth Harball, ClimateWire, Scientific American, April 2014
An interesting account of a Nature Conservancy experiment in Maryland to start
a longleaf pine forest north of its historical range‒a step towards
understanding the complexities of assisted migration for species (like trees)
that don't move quickly on their own.
The Great Burning: How Wildfires Are Threatening the West
Osha Gray Davidson, Rolling Stone, August 2013
A vivid and wide-ranging story about the factors that are making wildfires
increasingly dangerous, with particular attention to the role of the political
culture and how it intersects with fire-fighting policy and climate change.
Fires Burn More Fiercely As Northern Forests Warm
Dylan Walsh, Yale e360, April 2013
An excellent story about the increasing size and intensity of wildfires in the
US, Canada, and Russia, including their effects on peat soils and on human
Is the Amazon Rain Forest Drying Out?
Barbara Fraser, Scientific American, December 2012
As drought increasingly affects the western Amazon (along with increasing
population and deforestation), tropical ecologists are scrambling to learn
enough to tell how tree species will fare. This short article lays out the
basic situation these scientists are facing.
With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors
Justin Gillis, New York Times, October 1, 2011
Part of the paper's excellent "Temperature Rising" series, this article is
a comprehensive survey of forest die-offs and wildfires around the world in
the context of the role forests play in the global carbon cycle.
Greater Yellowstone in Peril
Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and Greater Yellowstone
Coalition, September, 2011. 48 pp.
Lucid, comprehensive, well-documented, illustrated account of the
climate-linked threats to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, parts
of six national forests, and more. Includes discussions of pine beetles,
grizzly bears, native trout, and wildfire. Paul Solotaroff's vivid story
The Ghost Park (Men's Journal, April 2011) offers an on-the-ground
portrait of climate stresses affecting Yellowstone National Park.
The World's Tropical Forests Are Already Feeling the Heat
William Laurance, Yale Environment 360, May 2011
A leading Australian biologist addresses changes already occurring in
tropical forests, what scientists anticipate might happen to tropical
plants, animals, and weather patterns, and key remaining uncertainties.
What's Killing the Great Forests of the American West?
Jim Robbins, Yale Environment 360, March 2010
Clear explanations of what's known, suspected, and still not understood
about the forest die-offs in the U.S. and Canadian Wests, as well as
elsewhere around the globe, and their links to climate change.
U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center
Articles, guidebooks (about adaptation strategies, for instance), video
lectures, information about ongoing research, and links to additional
sources, all focused on the effects of climate change on American forest