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  • Doctors' Trade Union: 'Ban Smoking For Everyone Born after Year 2000'

    03/25/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 25, 2014 | Breitbart London
    The British Medical Association (BMA), the trade union representing all National Health Service (NHS) doctors, has said that the sale of cigarettes should be banned "to anyone born after the year 2000". In a new policy position of the organisation which claims to lobby Parliament in its members' interest, the BMA has stated that "humanity has never developed anything more deadly than the cigarette". Dr Crocker-Buqué, a "London research assistant in academic public health" reportedly told last week's BMA annual public health medicine conference that eight in 10 smokers started in their teenage years and that someone who started smoking...
  • If a Government Shutdown Falls In the Forest, And No American Is There to Hear it...

    10/13/2013 7:34:34 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 2 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 12 October 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    I really wanted to go shooting this morning, at the very nice Uchee Shooting Range at the Tuskeegee National Forest near Auburn, Alabama. I have some new .223 loads I am just dying to try out. But no. King Barry has decreed that there will be no recreating, and has erected his Barrycades, along with His Royal Decree. The roads in the Tuskeegee National Forest were open, as reported in the MSM, so I assumed the shooting range would be. I stopped by the Torch85 Truck Stop, as was my custom, to pay my $3 Federal User Fee and get...
  • Who They Were: The ‘Granite Mountain Hotshots’ – 19 Brave Souls Who Perished in Arizona Fire

    06/30/2013 10:40:26 PM PDT · by montag813 · 43 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-01-2013 | John Hill
    Above: The Granite Mountain Hot Shots of Prescott, Arizona. 19 of 20 crew members perished in the Yarnell Hill fire today.- Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 80 years - and the worst since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001/ Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were forced to deploy their fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and...
  • Sound Garden: Can Plants Actually Talk and Hear?

    03/12/2013 10:31:07 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 3-12-2013 | Becky Oskin
    The forest really does hum with life. Though often too low or too high for human ears to detect, insects and animals signal each other with vibrations. Even trees and plants fizz with the sound of tiny air bubbles bursting in their plumbing. And there is evidence that insects and plants "hear" each other's sounds. Bees buzz at just the right frequency to release pollen from tomatoes and other flowering plants. And bark beetles may pick up the air bubble pops inside a plant, a hint that trees are experiencing drought stress. Sound is so fundamental to life that some...
  • Pitkin Confrontation with Forest Service

    02/04/2013 6:58:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | AmbassadorofJustice
    RS 2477. What is it? It is a provision of federal law supporting the actions of these courageous townspeople. Though repealed in 1976, its powerful effects are not repeal-able. It is about preservation of public property, i.e. rights of way. It is a matter of liberty!! Of the freedom to travel!
  • Now the Forestry Dept is needing quarter million rounds of ammo (?)

    08/26/2012 1:29:21 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 70 replies
    fbo.gob ^ | 08/23/2012 | fbo.gov
    Ammunition Solicitation Number: AG-91S8-S-12-0031 Agency: Department of Agriculture Office: Forest Service Location: R-5 Pacific Southwest Region "DELIVERY IS IMPORTANT. AMMO NEEDED WITHIN 30 DAYS." PDF link at site.
  • Urban Forestry

    06/27/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 11 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Urban Forestry. The term itself appears to be either a typo by the author, or an oxymoron. So just what is Urban Forestry...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Closure

    06/15/2012 8:25:54 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 10 replies
    PROHIBITIONS: Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551, and 36 CFR 261.53 (a), the following acts and omissions are prohibited on the areas, roads, and trails described in this Order, and depicted on the attached map incorporated into this order as Exhibit A, the "restricted area," all within the Reserve, Wilderness, Black Range and Glenwood Ranger Districts, Catron and Grant Counties, Gila National Forest, New Mexico. 1. Going into or being upon the restricted area as described in this order, 36 CFR 261.52(e) EXEMPTIONS: Pursuant to 36 CFR 261. 50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: 1. Persons with a...
  • Police release photo of mysterious 'forest boy'[Germany]

    06/13/2012 9:30:56 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 13 June 2012 | David Rising
    Berlin police on Wednesday released photos an English-speaking teenage boy who wandered into the city nine months ago saying he had been living for the last five years in the forest with his father. Police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said all attempts to identify the boy since he emerged in the German capital on Sept. 5 have been unsuccessful, and they are now hoping the release of his photo may produce some leads. "We have checked his DNA against all missing person reports, sent the data to Interpol so that they could check it internationally, but unfortunately without any success," Neuendorf...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire

    05/30/2012 8:37:58 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 14 replies
    Incident Information System ^ | 5-30-2012 | government
    The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, under the direction of Incident Commander Tony Sciacca, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Saturday 5/26. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Mogollon and the Willow Creek Subdivision. Road/Trail/Area closures and Catwalk National Rec Trail Closure are in place on the Gila National Forest. Visit the Gila NF website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila for details. Smoke advisories are in effect. View the Smoke Advisory article under "Announcements" for further information. Smoke projection models are posted in "Photographs." Areas around Albuquerque, Belen, Socorro, Magdalena and Carrizozo will see smoke during...
  • Maya Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

    05/13/2012 8:34:28 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | 13 May 2012 | Christopher Joyce
    Conservator Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilizes the surface of a wall of a Mayan house that dates to the ninth century. The figure of a man who may have been the town scribe appears on the wall to her left. Archaeologists working in one of the most impenetrable rain forests in Guatemala have stumbled on a remarkable discovery: a room full of wall paintings and numerical calculations. The buried room apparently was a workshop used by scribes or astronomers working for a Mayan king. The paintings depict the king and members of his court. The numbers mark important periods in...
  • Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

    04/10/2012 4:28:51 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies
    Vanity based on recent news | 10 April 2012 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It just never ends. First, National Public Radio had a feature this morning on the race riots in Tulsa around 1921. The people involved in that incident were completely wrong and everyone knows it. No further discussion needed. However, why bring this up in the middle of severe racial tension in the nation? Is NPR trying to bring about a peaceful, with-justice resolution to the national wound? No way. It's all about politics and race now, values have nothing to do with it. The reporter in talking about that event, said, "....Oklahoma, where not a single county voted for Barak...
  • 300 million year old fossilized forest discovered under coal mine in China

    02/22/2012 4:01:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    ZME Science ^ | 2/21/12
    There’s some good coming off China’s extensive coal exploitation (the nation holds the top place for most pollutant emissions resulting from burning coal), as recent mining activities around Wuda in Inner Mongolia, China, has uncovered an almost perfectly preserved 298 million year-old forest. The forest, which also features intact trees with leaves, branches, trunk and cones, was buried by volcanic ash, and thus kept away from time’s unforgiving touch. The researchers dubbed the forest the “Pompeii of the Permian period, since the manner in which it was preserved bared a striking resemblance to the famous Roman namesake event. The volcanic...
  • Fort is diligent in preparing to battle fire

    06/25/2011 8:23:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — This southern Arizona Army post is on a war footing. But the enemy is not a foreign power — it’s fire. As with anything involving the nation’s armed forces, operational plans have been developed and additional resources called forward to deny Mother Nature her way. The fort’s response is both defensive and offensive, Garrison Commander Col. Timothy Faulkner said, adding commanders of all units are being kept in the loop to provide manpower and other assistance needed to fight the Monument Fire’s attempt to breach the post’s boundaries. A large portion of military intelligence training has been...
  • Wildfires Rage in Arizona

    06/07/2011 9:14:59 AM PDT · by Rogle · 16 replies
    Massive wildfires in Arizona continue to grow, burning at least 192, 000 acres of timber and brush, and prompting evacuations most recently in the town of Greer. The fires sent smoke into skies visible from 200 miles away. Residents in White Mountain community of Alpine in eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border were also ordered earlier to evacuate as the fire neared.
  • Why Are Vines Overtaking the American Tropics?

    02/18/2011 5:52:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 02-17-2011 | Staff
    Sleeping Beauty's kingdom was overgrown by vines when she fell into a deep sleep. Researchers at the Smithsonian in Panama and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee received more than a million dollars from the U.S. National Science Foundation to discover why real vines are overtaking the American tropics. Data from eight sites show that vines are overgrowing trees in all cases. "We are witnessing a fundamental structural change in the physical make-up of forests that will have a profound impact on the animals, human communities and businesses that depend on them for their livelihoods," said Stefan Schnitzer, research associate...
  • Russia to build forest highway despite protests

    12/14/2010 7:05:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/10 | Stuart Williams
    MOSCOW (AFP) – The Russian government on Tuesday approved a plan to build a highway through a forest outside Moscow, in defiance of protests that had become a rare rallying cause for the opposition. Demonstrations against the building of the new highway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg through Khimki forest had prompted President Dmitry Medvedev to postpone the project, in a rare nod by the state to popular pressure. But Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said the government commission tasked with investigating the project had after all given its green light to the plan. The commission approved the building of...
  • Foreign crews help Israel battle massive forest fire

    12/03/2010 4:42:54 AM PST · by decimon · 18 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | December 3, 2010 | Unknown
    Foreign firefighting crews have begun to arrive in Israel to help battle a massive forest fire out of control in the north of the country.Further global assistance is due to arrive later on Friday, as fire crews battled high winds driving the blaze towards the city of Haifa. > Aircraft from Bulgaria, Jordan, Greece and the UK have arrived, after Israel issued a rare request for foreign assistance. Planes from Cyprus, Turkey and Russia were on their way, while flame-retardant materials were being flown in from France, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. "The Russians are sending and we are waiting...
  • US Forest Service admits putting surveillance cameras on public lands

    03/22/2010 10:04:52 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 93 replies · 2,601+ views
    Islandpacket.com ^ | March 15,2010 | Tony Bartelme
    Last month, Herman Jacob took his daughter and her friend camping in the Francis Marion National Forest. While poking around for some firewood, Jacob noticed a wire. He pulled on it and followed it to a video camera and antenna. The camera didn't have any markings identifying its owner, so Jacob took it home and called law enforcement agencies to find out if it was theirs, all the while wondering why someone would station a video camera in an isolated clearing in the woods. He eventually received a call from Mark Heitzman of the U.S. Forest Service. In a stiff...
  • Chicago-style gun ban in Ozark National Forest(AR)

    02/12/2010 5:48:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 456+ views
    Fort-Smith-Gun-Rights-Examiner ^ | 11 February, 2010 | Steve D. Jones
    As related in a previous article, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crossed the boundaries of their law-making power in 1995. In March of 1997, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled the AGFC’s “power to regulate the manner of taking game certainly does not translate into a general power to regulate the general possession of all firearms…” This ruling, however, did not stop the AGFC from enacting even stricter gun laws. Memorandum of Cooperation In recent years, the U.S. Forest Service and the AGFC have entered into a “Memorandum Of Cooperation” between the two agencies. Under this agreement, the AGFC has...
  • Forest plan gets the ax at UN climate talks

    12/19/2009 5:01:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 426+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/09 | Michael Casey - ap
    COPENHAGEN – A plan to protect the world's biologically rich tropical forests by paying poor nations to protect them was shelved Saturday after world leaders failed to agree on a binding deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Burning trees to clear land for plantations or cattle ranches and logging forests for wood is blamed for about 20 percent of the world's emissions. That's as much carbon dioxide as all the world's cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships combined. About 32 million acres (13 million hectares) of forests are cut down each year — an area about the size of England...
  • Obama asks court to block forest road building (The rot and burn gang rides again!)

    08/13/2009 1:58:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 2,446+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it will defend a 2001 rule imposed by President Bill Clinton that blocked road construction and other development on tens of million acres of remote national forests. The administration's decision was contained in court papers filed Thursday in a case in Wyoming that could help settle the fate of remote federal forests. The administration is siding with environmentalists in the case.
  • Forest Service: $228M to fix roads, bridges

    06/02/2009 7:00:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 575+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2009 | MATTHEW DALY,
    National forest roads and bridges in 31 states will get long-needed repairs under an economic stimulus spending plan announced by the Obama administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that $228 million in economic stimulus money will be used for road maintenance and decommissioning and watershed restoration in dozens of national forests. A total of 106 projects in 31 states will be paid for as part of the $1.15 billion in economic stimulus funding awarded to the Forest Service
  • Rain Forests Can be Regrown? All of those quarters to save the rain forest for nothing?

    03/23/2009 7:35:44 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 17 replies · 581+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 03 23 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    Don't tell me I donated all of those quarters to save the rain forest for nothing? No one told me we could simply plant another one. All those wasted quarters. I say, we cut it all down so we can use the wood for nice toilet paper, hard wood floors and toothpicks, then just replant it later. Not only would that create jobs in harvesting the wood, but all the libtards could get jobs replanting it. Win, win. April 17, 2008 How campus researchers helped to rescue a rain forest By Beth SkwareckiHalf a century after most of Costa Rica's...
  • Study: Western forests dying at increasing rate (Enviro-wacko alert)

    01/23/2009 1:41:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies · 235+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2009 | Jeff Barnard
    Trees in old growth forests across the West are dying at a small, but increasing rate that scientists conclude is probably caused by longer and hotter summers from a changing climate. While not noticeable to someone walking through the forests, the death rate is doubling every 17 to 29 years, according to a 52-year study published in the Friday edition of the journal Science. The trend was apparent in trees of all ages, species, and locations. "If current trends continue, forests will become sparser over time," said lead author Phillip J. van Mantgem of the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological...
  • Scientists discover new forest with undiscovered species on Google Earth[Africa]

    12/22/2008 8:30:13 AM PST · by BGHater · 22 replies · 7,188+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 22 Dec 2008 | Louise Gray
    Conservationists have found a host of new species after discovering uncharted new territory on the internet map Google Earth. The mountainous area of northern Mozambique in southern Africa had been overlooked by science due to inhospitable terrain and decades of civil war in the country. However, while scrolling around on Google Earth, an internet map that allows the viewer to look at satellite images of anywhere on the globe, scientists discovered an unexpected patch of green. A British-led expedition was sent to see what was on the ground and found 7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity, known as Mount...
  • Scientists angry after feds ax forest study (Free Air CO2 Enrichment released CO2 near trees)

    11/15/2008 4:59:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,221+ views
    Fay Observer ^ | 11/12/08 | Jeff Barnard
    Scientists angry after feds ax forest studyThe government wanted to see how forests responded to carbon dioxide. By Jeff Barnard The Associated Press Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 DURHAM — For more than a decade, the federal government has spent millions of dollars pumping elevated levels of carbon dioxide into small groups of trees to test how forests will respond to global warming in the next 50 years. Some scientists believe they are on the cusp of receiving key results from the time-consuming experiments. The U.S. Department of Energy, however, which is funding the project, has told the scientists...
  • Partisan divide stymies progress on forest policy

    08/16/2008 12:08:19 PM PDT · by marsh2 · 6 replies · 230+ views
    Redding Record Searchlight ^ | 8/15/08 | editorial
    Our view:It’s criminally negligent when politicians can’t set aside differences long enough to talk for a morning about an urgent public safety hazard The organizers of a wildfire forum in Sacramento on Wednesday brought together three members of the U.S. Congress and half a dozen state lawmakers. They drew the California fire marshal, the head of the state Fire Safe Council, Forest Service researchers and officials, and county supervisors from around the region. STORY TOOLS E-mail story Comments iPod friendly Printer friendly News alerts Subscribe to the paper Submit a news tip More Editorials Delta overhaul can't undercut northern rights...
  • Rainbows displace Boy Scouts

    06/24/2008 10:29:33 AM PDT · by girlangler · 66 replies · 173+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 6/24/08 | CHRIS MERRILL
    By CHRIS MERRILL Star-Tribune environment reporter Tuesday, June 24, 2008 > LANDER -- Since Rainbow Family participants have chosen to stay put at Big Sandy in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains, leaders with the Boy Scouts of America have decided to alter plans for a major service project that had been scheduled to take place in the same general area. > > Leaders with the Boy Scouts' Order of the Arrow have decided to cancel a long-planned forest restoration project near Dutch Joe Guard Station in the Wind Rivers, said Mary Cernicek, spokeswoman with the Bridger-Teton National Forest. > > The...
  • The mysterious forest rings of northern Ontario

    05/23/2008 2:18:46 PM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,022+ views
    CBC ^ | 21 May 2008 | Elle Andra-Warner
    The Cheecka Ring is a ring measuring about 1 kilometre in diameter, located 20 km east of Hearst, Ont. Scientists believe it was formed by a natural gas deposit. (Courtesy S. Hamilton, OGS) It is a strange phenomenon: thousands of large, perfectly round "forest rings" dot the boreal landscape of northern Ontario. From the air, these mysterious light-coloured rings of stunted tree growth are clearly visible, but on the ground, you could walk right through them without noticing them. They range in diameter from 30 metres to 2 kilometres, with the average ring measuring about 91 metres across. Over...
  • Appeals court stops feds plan to log Sierra Nevada forest (9th Circus strikes again)

    05/14/2008 12:17:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 147+ views
    A federal appeals court has barred logging in the Sierra Nevada forest. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the federal government failed to explore other ways to raise money to fight forest fires when it approved a plan to award timber contracts to cut down trees on three sites. The Forest Service says the logging of commercially valuable trees is needed to help pay for thinning of less desirable smaller trees and brush. Environmental groups say the logging plan fails to protect scarce species such as the California spotted owl, martin and Pacific fisher. Attorney General Jerry Brown...
  • Anglo-Saxon Mound Found In Sherwood Forest

    ANGLO-SAXON MOUND FIND IN SHERWOOD FOREST 11:27 - 25 April 2008 A Mysterious mound in Notts that was once thought to mark the boundary of two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms is to be investigated by historians, the Forestry Commission has said. Known as Thynghowe, the hillock was only discovered three years ago in the Birklands area of Sherwood Forest by former teacher Lynda Mallet and her husband Stuart Reddish. With their friend John Wood, the couple used an original 19th Century perambulation document to find Thynghowe, which is believed to be an ancient meeting place dating back to Viking times. Experts think...
  • Agriculture chief's priority: avoid jail

    02/24/2008 12:24:14 PM PST · by girlangler · 12 replies · 111+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/23/2008 | Matthew Daly
    Agriculture chief's priority: avoid jail By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer Sat Feb 23, 10:12 AM ET WASHINGTON - He overhauled federal forest policy to cut more trees — and became a lightning rod for environmentalists who say he is intent on logging every tree in his reach. After nearly seven years in office, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey still has a long to-do list. Near the top: Persuade a federal judge to keep him out of jail. Rey, a former timber industry lobbyist who has directed U.S. forest policy since 2001, also wants to set up state rules making it...
  • Snow damage 18.6 million ha of Chinese forest(46 million acres)

    02/14/2008 2:31:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 622+ views
    Snow damage 18.6 million ha of Chinese forest Source:www.chinanews.cn BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The extreme weather that hit China in recent weeks has damaged 18.6 million hectares of forest in 19 snow-afflicted provincial regions, the State Forestry Administration announced here Wednesday. The total included 6.83 million ha of bamboo, 11.62 million ha of woods and 15,333 ha of saplings, according to the administration. The 19 provincial-level areas plagued by snow and cold weather were Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Yunnan,Sichuan, Chongqing, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Gansu, Xinjiang, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan. The administration has earmarked 4.3 million...
  • U.S. intel alerted to threat of 'Forest Fire Jihad'

    01/21/2008 10:07:51 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 66 replies · 118+ views
    World Tribune ^ | January 15, 2008 | Staff
    U.S. officials monitoring terrorist web sites have discovered a call for using forest fires as weapons against “crusader” nations, in what may explain some recent wildfires in places like southern California and Greece. A terrorist website was discovered recently that carried a posting that called for “Forest Jihad.” The posting was listed on the Internet on Nov. 26 and reported in U.S. intelligence channels last week. The statement, in Arabic, said that “summer has begun so do not forget the Forest Jihad.” The writer called on all Muslims in the United States, Europe, Russia and Australia to “start forest fires.”...
  • Caribbean Forests Thrived In 'Little Ice Age'

    10/01/2007 7:20:31 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 114+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-1-2007 | Jeff Hecht
    Caribbean forests thrived in 'Little Ice Age' 22:00 01 October 2007 NewScientist.com news service Jeff Hecht Some Caribbean forests were at their densest for the past 2000 years during the 'Little Ice Age', new research shows. This forest growth was not expected, because other areas in the region were cool and dry, but the curious finding shows that the effects of climate change can vary from place to place, say researchers. From approximately 1350 to 1850, the Little Ice Age cooled low latitudes and dried the Caribbean including the Yucatan Peninsula. So you might expect to see evidence of this...
  • Greek Forest Fires Kill 47 As Blaze Nears Athens

    08/25/2007 8:18:41 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 510+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2007 | Roya Nikkhah
    Greek forest fires kill 47 as blaze nears Athens By Roya Nikkhah, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:40am BST 26/08/2007 Forest fires have ripped through southern Greece, killing 47 people, injuring 40 and leaving hundreds homeless. A hot, dry summer and a three-day heatwave with temperatures of 40C created the tinderbox conditions A national state of emergency was declared yesterday as firemen fought up to 170 fires which have raged since Friday, forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages. The southern Peloponnese region was described as a "crematorium" by officials, who said the death toll was expected to rise as gale-force...
  • Lost Forest in Africa Yields (6) New Species (a bat, a rodent, two shrews and two frogs)

    08/08/2007 7:20:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 568+ views
    LiveScience.com on yahoo ^ | 8/8/07 | Charles Q. Choi
    In a once-lost forest in Africa, six animal species new to science have been discovered, members of a two-month expedition now reveal, including a bat, a rodent, two shrews and two frogs. "If we can find six new species in such a short period, it makes you wonder what else is out there," said Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Andrew Plumptre. The bat appears to be a kind of horseshoe bat (genus Rhinolophus), known for the large horseshoe-shaped "nose leaves" used for directing their ultrasound. These new species were discovered in an expedition from January and March 2007 into woods just...
  • Archaeologists discover 8-million-year-old forest in Hungary

    08/08/2007 3:09:13 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 93 replies · 1,802+ views
    BreitBart ^ | August 6, 2007 | Staff
    Archaeologists have found an eight-million-year old forest of cypresses, well preserved and not fossilised, in Bukkabrany in north eastern Hungary. "The discovery is exceptional as the trees kept their wooden structure, they neither turned into coal nor were petrified," Tamas Pusztai, the deputy director and head of the archaeological department at the local Otto Herman museum who oversaw the excavation, told AFP. Archaelogists announced the find last week after uncovering the mysterious forest of taxodiums, a kind of swamp cypress, after a few days of digging. Miners working in a brown coal mine had first uncovered several tree trunks that...
  • S.Africa Rural Fires Kill at Least 26 People

    08/01/2007 8:43:18 PM PDT · by JohnA · 1 replies · 148+ views
    PlanetArk ^ | August 2, 2007
    SOUTH AFRICA: JOHANNESBURG - Rural fires that blazed for weeks in South Africa killed at least 26 people, marking the worst loss of life from such infernos since the 1980s, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday. Ten deaths have been confirmed in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga and 16 in Kwazulu-Natal, where veld and forest fires broke out on July 2, Department of Provincial and Local Government spokesperson Zandile Ratsitanga said. Most of the fires have been contained and were no longer a threat, officials said. Another two deaths were still unconfirmed by police in Mpumalanga. "Work is still continuing...
  • Almost 10,000 people evacuated from Canary Islands

    07/31/2007 8:12:58 PM PDT · by JohnA · 17 replies · 635+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 31/ 07/ 2007
    MADRID, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - Some 10,000 people have been evacuated from two major islands on Spain's Canaries swept by forest fires, a local government spokesman said Tuesday. "The island of Gran Canaria, where over 20,000 hectares of pineland has burnt down, is seeing the worst situation, and 13,000 hectares of forests have been destroyed on Tenerife," the source said. However, the spokesman said the fires were raging in inland areas of the islands, while coastal regions where numerous hotels and popular beaches are located were under no threat. The official said strong winds and scorching temperatures of up...
  • Montana fire spreads nearly unchecked

    07/29/2007 8:37:39 PM PDT · by JohnA · 10 replies · 700+ views
    AP ^ | SARAH COOKE
    Hot, dry and windy weather helped a wildfire near Glacier National Park grow to roughly 5,000 acres on Sunday and continue to threaten an evacuated lodge. The blaze had grown from 1,000 acres a day earlier and was just 2 percent contained, fire information officer Dale Warriner said. The fire was running into heavy timber. On Sunday, authorities reopened a highway near the park in northwestern Montana, but they warned that U.S. 2 could be closed again if the blaze flared up. Guests and 18 workers at the Summit Station Lodge along the highway remained evacuated as flames burned within...
  • Official: Chinese forests contribute a lot to absorbing world's CO2 (really?)

    07/20/2007 7:43:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 321+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 07/17/07
    Official: Chinese forests contribute a lot to absorbing world's CO2 www.chinaview.cn 2007-07-17 21:02:36 BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- China's forest coverage has risen constantly for almost two decades, increasing the nation's contribution to the world's carbon dioxide absorption, Zhu Lieke, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration (SFA), said on Tuesday. The world's forested area decreased by about 0.2 percent annually or 9.39 million hectares between 1990 and 2000, said Zhu, citing statistics from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. However, forests in China had been growing by 1.2 percent or 1.81 million hectares every year in...
  • CA: Fire follies - Common sense missing in forest policy

    07/05/2007 1:17:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 607+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/5/07 | Editorial
    The recent loss of more than 200 homes in the Angora fire near Lake Tahoe was another ugly reminder that California hasn't gotten its act together on forest policy. As San Diego County residents know painfully well from fall 2003, when the Cedar and Paradise fires destroyed more than 2,400 homes, much of the state is at risk. But long before 2003, fire experts had zeroed in on the especially destructive possibilities of a wildfire in the Tahoe basin, where thousands of homes are built in forests that are vastly thicker than they were in the days when there were...
  • A buried treasure of trees (15 million year-old fossilized tree forest found intact)

    06/29/2007 9:02:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies · 2,169+ views
    LAT ^ | 06/28/07 | Tomas Alex Tizon
    A buried treasure of trees A Washington state man who always loved to dig in the dirt unearths a petrified forest, covered by lava 15 million years ago while still upright. By Tomas Alex Tizon Times Staff Writer June 28, 2007 Yakima, Wash. — Clyde Friend's life changed the moment his bulldozer hit the first tree on a hot summer afternoon in 2002 as he leveled a hill behind his workshop. Chips flew everywhere, a small explosion of brown and white shards. He hopped off the dozer to investigate. There, embedded in the hill, was a mostly intact fossilized tree...
  • Fire in Sequoia forest burns 2,400 acres (Horse Meadow evacuated as Goldledge Fire inches its way)

    06/05/2007 8:02:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 620+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/5/07 | AP
    SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. - Firefighters were trying to contain a wildfire that had burned about 2,400 acres of grass and brush in Sequoia National Forest and was spreading into wooded areas Monday. Officials asked residents in a recreation area called Horse Meadow to evacuate their cabins and trailers after the Goldledge Fire inched about a mile away from the private property, said Geri Adams, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. "We're getting some really strong winds and the humidity is low, so the fire is really active," she said. The fire started across the street from the Goldledge Campgrounds on...
  • North Oregon Coast Beach Reveals Ancient Ghost Forest Again

    05/29/2007 3:32:10 AM PDT · by Renfield · 50 replies · 2,544+ views
    Beach Connection ^ | 5/28/07 | Unknown
    <p>Arch Cape, Oregon) – The mysterious chunks of wood have shown up periodically over the last few decades, sticking out of the sand like doomed creatures trying to make their last, desperate escape from a dreadful fate beneath the rest of the world. They make momentary impressions on passersby, who have no clue to the real meaning of these muted witnesses to an age practically before Mankind. They are unintentional memorials to the grandiose forest that once stood here, now reduced to twisted, tortured shapes that scream silently from another epoch.</p>
  • Forest Of Broken Urns

    04/06/2007 2:37:36 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 604+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 4-6-2007 | Karen J Coates
    Forest of Broken Urns Volume 60 Number 2, March/April 2007 by Karen J. Coates Borneo's unexplored past is dying by the chainsaw. Tony Paran sits near a jar that held the remains of one of his ancestors. Soon, the forests that shelter these jars will be logged. (Jerry Redfern) Walter Paran was a lucky boy. Three minutes out his front door lay an old grave in the forest marked by big stone slabs, a broken jar, and human bones. A few minutes another way was a pit where the riches of the dead were purportedly buried. What more could an...
  • Forest growth is encouraging, say researchers (Bush's fault?)

    11/15/2006 3:10:18 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 30 replies · 526+ views
    New Scientist ^ | November 14, 2006 | Catherine Brahic
    Contrary to common belief, forests in many nations are expanding not shrinking, say researchers. They say that while the majority of the world's most forested countries are still losing trees, the number that are gaining forests is rising. However, much of the new forest is cultivated, not natural, leading some experts to caution that planted forests do not support the same level of biodiversity. The new work assessed the 50 most-forested countries around the world from 1990 to 2005. It reveals that forest area increased in 18 of the 50 nations, while total biomass increased in 22 countries. “There is...
  • Audit faults forest program controls ( Healthy Forests ag Fires )

    10/07/2006 8:02:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Star-Tribune Washington bureau ^ | October 07, 2006 | NOELLE STRAUB
    The U.S. Forest Service has not developed national guidelines to assess the risks communities face from wildfires and is unable to ensure that the most important fire prevention projects are funded first, an independent government audit has found. And while the majority of catastrophic wildfires occur in the West, nearly 58 percent of the total acres treated in fiscal year 2004 were in the southeastern states, the report said. "The Forest Service cannot clearly identify the level of risk to communities from wildfire," it said. "It cannot demonstrate to stakeholders its accomplishments in reducing those risks with the funds provided."...