How Was Your Day … Forest Firefighter?

In this occasional series, OZY takes to streets and neighborhoods across the globe to ask a simple question: “How was your day?” Tom RawlingsLibby, Montana We’ve been out on a fire in southern Oregon. It’s been crazy hot there — 109 in Medford. It’s hot and dry and in fire danger, and that’s why I’m […]

New wildfire tears through drought-stricken forest as California reels from its biggest fire in state history

AP Photo/Noah Berger The Delta Fire in Northern California scorched nearly 25,000 acres of dry wildland as it raged on for a third day. Fire officials said they were making progress, but there was no containment as of Friday night. This latest fire comes as California struggles to recover from the worst fire in state […]

Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?

Enlarge / Wildfire risk is set to increase, but regional differences in risk are incredibly important for fire management. (credit: flickr user: Tracy Vierra) As smoky, apocalyptic-looking skies spread across western North America, researchers are scrambling to improve their predictions of wildfire risk. A changing climate means not just higher temperatures, but also new patterns […]

Volley of outrage over tennis star Konta’s plan to build in Pooh forest

The 27-year-old British number one wants to transform a bungalow in Ashdown Forest into a four-bed home for her parents. But conservation charity the Woodland Trust has branded the plans “insensitive”, fearing the work will destroy some of the ancient woodland. The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework says any development involving the destruction of ancient […]

Spain holidays warning: Forest fires devastating popular tourist island of Mallorca

Spain holidays to Mallorca have only just been blighted by mini-tsunamis, but now forest fires are threatening the popular tourist island. The country is currently enduring one of its hottest summers in living memory. Tourists in Mallorca are now being warned that the forest fires could bring their holidays to a sudden end. The alarm […]

Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland

Enlarge / Lake Huila records centuries of environmental change in the Quijos Valley. (credit: Nicholas Laughlin) On the slopes of northern Ecuador’s Quijo Valley, perpetual clouds shroud the canopy of a seemingly pristine tropical forest. But the beauty of the cloud forest hides a violent, tragic history. A new study of sediments from the valley’s […]

Forest of Liars plays with art and trust as you tromp through the woods

Forest of Liars is a exploration game that features deck-building combat and characters with ulterior motives. It’s the debut from Umeshu Lovers, which will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for it next week. The studio plans it for the PC, with possible console launches to come. As a traveler, your goal is to get to […]

Drone crashes in Arizona National Forest, starts a wildfire

Coconino National Forest Earlier this week, a 16-inch-by-16-inch, battery-operated hobby drone crashed in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest, several miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. The drone caught fire when it crashed, igniting a grassland area called Kendrick Park. The Kendrick fire spread more than 300 acres, but it was contained by 30 firefighters within the day. […]

Forest Bathing: THIS Japanese tradition has arrived in the UK – would you try it?

Developed in Japan during the 1980’s, forest bathing has become an integral part of Japanese culture. Although the Japanese term ‘Shinrin-yoku’ translates to ‘forest bathing’, the practice is probably not what you think. Similar to other forms of mediation, the idea is to spend time walking through forests, soaking up the atmosphere. The idea is […]