University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database

University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database. “Researchers from the University of Washington and Michigan Technological University have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Called the North American Wildland Fuel Database, the tool incorporates the best available measurements of vegetation in specific locations, and allows fire managers to see where information about fuels is missing altogether.”

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees

The Verge: MrBeast partners with more than 600 YouTubers, including PewDiePie and MKBHD, to plant 20 million trees. “More than 600 YouTubers are teaming up to take on one of the biggest fundraising challenges the platform has ever seen: raising $20 million by the end of the year to plant 20 million trees.”

The New York Times: Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

The New York Times: Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers. ” This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rainforests, had a problem with illegal loggers…. So, residents asked a local environmental group for camera traps or some other equipment that might help. In July, they got more than they expected: a treetop surveillance system that uses recycled cellphones and artificial intelligence software to listen for rogue loggers and catch them in the act.”

CNBC: Google buys 40 acres of farmland in Silicon Valley so it can grow trees for its campuses

CNBC: Google buys 40 acres of farmland in Silicon Valley so it can grow trees for its campuses. “The Alphabet-owned company spent $2.1 million on 40 acres of land in Gilroy, California, according to a recent report by the San Jose Mercury News. The intent is to use the property as a tree farm to produce foliage for its existing and new campuses, a company spokesperson told CNBC.”

The Eagle: Texas A&M, forestry experts create interactive map of regional timber resources

The Eagle: Texas A&M, forestry experts create interactive map of regional timber resources. “The interactive map of 13 Southern states… estimates the amount of timberland, standing timber, trucking time of sites and the growth and removals within different distances.”

Tree ‘fingerprinting’: a new weapon to defend forests (The Nation Thailand)

The Nation (Thailand): Tree ‘fingerprinting’: a new weapon to defend forests . “A timeworn laboratory in Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens may not seem like the obvious epicentre of efforts to halt international illegal logging. Beakers bubble away on a hotplate, while suspect guitars that have been sent by customs officials for testing sit on top of shelves lined with tattered old journals and reference books in a multitude of languages. But scientists at the Wood Anatomy Laboratory, part of the research centre at the gardens in Kew, southwest London, are working on a new global project to help precisely identify the origin and species of timber.”