Dead old-growth beech trees in the forest of the University of Würzburg in the Steigerwald, 2019 (Martin Wegmann/University of Würzburg)

Climate extremes will cause forest changes – study

WNM | Jun 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM

No year has been as hot and dry as 2018 since climate records began. Central European forests showed severe signs of drought stress. Mortality of trees triggered in 2018 will continue for several years.

Upper Grindelwald Glacier and Schreckhorn (FAU/Christian Sommer)

Glaciers in the European Alps are dwindling

WNM | Jun 25, 2020 at 12:07 PM

Models suggest a potential loss of most glacial areas by the end of this century. 17 percent of the entire volume of the ice has been lost since the start of the new millennium.

Deforestation (Pok Rie from Pexels)

Environmental factors driving the emergence of zoonotic diseases – WWF

WNM | Jun 18, 2020 at 12:20 AM

In a new report WWF says that the environmental factors driving the emergence of zoonotic diseases are the trade and consumption of high-risk wildlife, land-use change leading to deforestation and conversion, expansion of agriculture and unsustainable intensification and animal production.