The ecological costs of huge, repetitive, high-severity wildfires on ecosystems could be colossal.
Death is a natural part of ecosystems. But it's unusual for a large number of animals to all die at once. Researchers are investigating how a mass mortality event affects what's left afterwards.
Wildfire smoke can damage animals' respiratory tract and lead to breathing problems and even death.
Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn't get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that's left behind.
Located at the edges of cities, suburbs have a role to play in urban resilience to disasters caused or exacerbated by climate change.
Along with climate change and drought, invasive grasses are promoting wildfires across the US, even in areas that don't normally burn.
Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.
'California is America fast-forward,' writes one scholar. Does that mean that the dystopian infernos that have consumed parts of the state are simply a picture of what awaits the rest of America?
The Earth may be entering an era in which natural and human-generated fire together are reshaping the planet.
Instead of suppressing wildfire, the Karuk Tribe in the Pacific Northwest is using it as an integral part of its climate change management plan. Federal, state and local agencies are taking note.
Some Californians want to ban people from living in wildfire-prone areas. Behavioral economics offers a less heavy-handed approach to reducing the costs and risks.
As climate change intensifies the risk of wildfires in California, insurers are dropping coverage for many homeowners.
Two fire researchers argue that recent fires in Northern and Southern California show why health and social equity need to be part of fire preparedness.
The danger of fires in the Cape region this season is partly dependent on how the Fynbos has been managed over the past few decades.
Research shows previous fires increased child mortality and reduced growth rates.
As deforestation rates in Brazil rise, it's worth asking whether the country can repeat the successes of the last decade. Current trends don't bode well.
The usual way we calculate the economic damage of natural disasters underestimates their true toll – which is key to understanding the costs of climate change.
Rainforest species didn't co-evolve with fire – and even a low intensity wildfire can kill half the trees.
The Amazon is burning at record levels, and land clearing is to blame. The good news: we already know what we need to do to stop it.
Boreal forests store one-third of all terrestrial carbon - but for how long?