Repopulation of countryside is essential tool to avoid major fires, Spanish experts say

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Repopulation of countryside is essential tool to avoid major fires, Spanish experts say

Posted: 28 Oct 2012 01:06 PM PDT

A preliminary report on the major fires Valencia, Spain suggests that repopulation of the countryside is an essential tool to avoid major forest fires, and points out alternative solutions such as biological firewalls that involve developing pastures.

Uncertainty of future South Pacific Island rainfall explained

Posted: 28 Oct 2012 11:23 AM PDT

With greenhouse warming, rainfall in the South Pacific islands will depend on two competing effects — an increase due to overall warming and a decrease due to changes in atmospheric water transport — according to a new study. In the South Pacific these two effects sometimes cancel each other out, resulting in highly uncertain rainfall projections.