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Traffic light sign under water - Gaps Found in Research on ‘Climate Gentrification’ - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Mar 28, 2022

Gaps Found in Research on ‘Climate Gentrification’

Climate change, and policies related to it, are displacing vulnerable communities. But a new analysis of research on this phenomenon – called “climate gentrification” – finds that there is a lack of long-term research that examines these issues. What’s more, the analysis finds that members of vulnerable communities under study are not being given a… 

Gray fox - Tree Cover Helps Gray Foxes Coexist With Coyotes in the Country - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Mar 21, 2022

Tree Cover Helps Gray Foxes Coexist With Coyotes in the Country

Preserving tree cover may be essential in helping the gray fox survive with coyotes in rural areas, according to a new study from NC State researchers. 

Bradford pear tree in bloom - Bounty Offered on Bradford Pear Trees - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Mar 10, 2022

Bounty Offered on Bradford Pear Trees

Through the “Bradford Pear Bounty” program, you could get up to five new native trees in exchange for cutting down the same number of Bradford pears in your yard while supplies last. 

Aerial of forests - During Droughts, Thirstier Mountain Forests Could Mean Less Water Downstream - College of Natural Resources News NC State University

Mar 3, 2022

During Droughts, Thirstier Mountain Forests Could Mean Less Water Downstream

Increased water use by upstream mountain forests could leave less water for other forests, cities and wildlife during drought. 

Map of the United States showing predicted average flood damage risk by state or district.

Feb 22, 2022

Study: U.S. Flood Damage Risk Is Underestimated

In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers used artificial intelligence to predict where flood damage is likely to happen in the continental United States, suggesting that recent flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not capture the full extent of flood risk. In the study, published in Environmental Research Letters, researchers… 

Jones Lake State Park, circa 1940s - Tracking Injustice in the History of U.S. Public Parks - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Feb 3, 2022

Tracking Injustice in the History of U.S. Public Parks

A study led by an NC State researcher traces patterns of injustice in the creation of public parks in the United States. 

Ghost forest in North Carolina - Microbes Making Tree Methane 'Farts' in Ghost Forests Are in the Soils, Study Says - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Feb 2, 2022

Microbes Making Tree Methane ‘Farts’ in Ghost Forests Are in the Soils, Study Says

Understanding how ghost forests create methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is important to calculating the environmental impact of the forest-to-ghost forest transition. 

Forest - Researchers are studying ghost forests in North Carolina - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Jan 26, 2022

Study Finds Saltwater Thresholds for Plants in Freshwater Forests

Findings from the study could help researchers identify coastal landscapes in transition from forest to marsh or open water – and in need of help. 

Shasta Lake during a drought in California.

Jan 5, 2022

Climate Change Could Lead to Blackouts, Higher Power Costs on West Coast

Projections from two studies show how climate change or shifting to renewable energy could impact West Coast power supplies. 

Animal movement data from Movebank

Dec 15, 2021

Wildlife scientists are solving big data problems to track animals around the globe

An NC State researcher led a study on Movebank, a system for analyzing, visualizing and storing wildlife tracking data.