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Author: Laura Oleniacz

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. 

Dead ponderosa pine trees in California.

Nov 1, 2021

During An Historic Drought, Higher Temperatures Helped a Beetle Kill More California Pine Trees

Higher temperatures during an historic California drought helped a beetle kill more ponderosa pine trees, an NC State-led study found. 

Children in nature - Study Finds Natural Outdoor Spaces Are Less Common at Schools - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Sep 21, 2021

Study Finds Natural Outdoor Spaces Are Less Common at Schools

NC State researchers found natural spaces like woods or gardens were relatively rare in a small sample of elementary and middle schools in Wake County. 

Mountain forest - Saving America's Forests Could Help Curb Climate Warming -

Sep 10, 2021

Saving America’s Forests Could Help Curb Climate Warming

NC State researchers modeled the role that forestry and agriculture could play in reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions across multiple future economic scenarios. 

Black bears captured on camera in North Carolina.

Sep 9, 2021

When Do Black Bears Have Cubs?

Young female bears living in Asheville, North Carolina, had their first litter of cubs earlier than expected. 

Black bears in Asheville - Young Female Black Bears in Asheville, North Carolina Are Big, Have Cubs Early - Forestry and Environmental Resources NC State University

Sep 9, 2021

Young Female Black Bears in Asheville, North Carolina, Are Big, Have Cubs Early

A new study found urban female black bears in Asheville were larger and had cubs earlier than rural bears. 

Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest - Saving the Brazilian Amazon Sustainability Is a Team Effort - Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at NC State

Aug 3, 2021

Saving the Brazilian Amazon Sustainably Is a Team Effort

An NC State-led study analyzed a state program in Brazil designed engage local governments in rainforest protection. 

Long-tailed weasel - AStudy Tracks Decline of Weasels, the Smallest Carnivore, in North America - Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at NC State

Aug 3, 2021

Study Tracks Decline of Weasels, the Smallest Carnivore, in North America

Three species of weasels are likely in decline in North America, a study co-authored by an NC State scientist found. 

Coffee tree - Many Nonprofits, Companies Report Using Commercial Species in Tree Planting Projects - Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at NC State

Jul 8, 2021

Many Nonprofits, Companies Report Using Commercial Species in Tree Planting Projects

A new study led by a researcher from NC State provides a detailed look at what forest restoration organizations across the tropics are actually doing on the ground.