Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest!
- 3D ‘cyberforests’ created to predict effects of climate change — Economic Times
A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science reveals a 3D-model computer simulation of forests that will help scientists predict the effects of climate change and other related concerns, including drought and wildfires, on actual living forests.
- New insights into the seasonality of Amazon’s evergreen forests — National Science Foundation
In this Q&A learn about new research being conducted into the individual details of tropical evergreen forests, revealing the seasonality of the Amazon rain forest.
- House Republicans seek to open up national forests to mining and logging — The Guardian
Just following the recent takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge, Congress is considering two different bills which would potentially loosen federal authority and allow states to release tracts of public land for mining, logging and other commercial operations.
- How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease — Yale Environment 360
Additional research provides evidence of the impact of the felling of tropical forests on the increase and spread of diseases, such as malaria and dengue, via mosquitos as well as diseases spread by primates and other animals due to forest clearing.