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Forest Digest: October 7, 2018

October 7th, 2018|Tags: , , |


Check out this week’s roundup of forest and environmental news!

First commercial flight partly fuelled by recycled waste lands in UK — The Guardian

Using a new blend of fuel partially made from waste gases, the Virgin Atlantic flight flew from Orlando to London. US LanzaTech, the company that produced the fuel, claims it could eventually cut the aviation industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by 65%.

Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research — Mongabay

Researchers have found they can use Twitter to do “quick and dirty” research that could otherwise take several years, tracking mentions of things like the flu or spiders in the home to develop models that may predict when such things occur.

New electric car charger is more efficient, 10 times smaller than current tech — Tech Xplore

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a groundbreaking new electric car charger, but aren’t stopping there. Now they are working on a version that will charge multiple cars at a time even more quickly.

Scientists say halting deforestation ‘just as urgent’ as reducing emissions — The Guardian

Stopping deforestation and restoring forests would help the world achieve 18% of the emissions mitigation needed to avert the planet’s current path toward catastrophic levels of global warming. Forty scientists from five countries say governments worldwide overlook this, which they say is a mistake.

Using Drones to Tell the Story of Climate Change — The New York Times
Two New York Times reporters are working to tell the story of how climate change is threatening cultural sites worldwide as part of an ongoing series, the first part of which can be found here.

Species-rich forests store twice as much carbon as monocultures — Phys.org

Biodiverse forests are found to be more productive, storing more than double the amount of carbon that monocultures store, in a study done by the University of Zurich.

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