Temperate Broadleaf Forests More Susceptible To Heat Stress

Temperate broadleaf forests, such as the stands of red oak common in New England, absorb more carbon than expected along their edges, but are more susceptible to heat stress. Over centuries, as humans have cleared fields for farms, built roads and highways, and expanded cities, we’ve been cutting down trees. Since 1850, we’ve reduced global forest cover by one-third. We’ve also changed the way forests look. Much of the world’s woodlands now exist in choppy fragments, with 20 percent of the remaining forest within 100 meters of an edge, like a road, backyard, cornfield, or parking lot. [Read More]

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Green Biofuel with Microbes

Gathering carbon dioxide emitted from natural gas or coal-burning power plants that worsens global warming and using it to produce clean, green and renewable liquid transport fuels would be a win-win scenario for all concerned, but is it possible? Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) who have evolved a microbe now being used to produce biodegradable plastic into a strain that can produce a high-performance advanced biofuel think so. [Read More]