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You can’t spell environmental without AI: how scientists are using LLMs

You can’t spell environmental without AI: how scientists are using LLMs

By: Dr. Gabriel Smith, lead scientist at Crowther Lab, Zurich While news of AI and its dangers frequent our headlines, Large Language Models – otherwise known as LLMs in the tech world – can also ...

The Integrated Global Forests Assessments: FAQ

The Integrated Global Forests Assessments: FAQ

Here we provide answers to some frequently asked questions on the Integrated Global Forests Assessment.

We need to kill greenwashing for nature, people and climate

We need to kill greenwashing for nature, people and climate

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/we-need-kill-greenwashing-nature-people-climate-thomas-w-crowther-hx5af/

Seeing the forest for the leaves

Seeing the forest for the leaves

We set out to count the abundance of different tree types – but by looking at leaf data instead of tree density data. Now why leaves? We explain here.

What do rabbits and the Dutch economy have in common?

What do rabbits and the Dutch economy have in common?

Oryctolagus cuniculus – otherwise known as the European rabbit – is an adorable little creature. Native to Southern Europe and specific regions in North Africa, these rabbits have made their home ...

The summer solstice effect

The summer solstice effect

Spring keeps getting earlier, but the timing of leaf fall in autumn has been more of a mystery. For the first time, a study helps solve this mystery by revealing the pivotal role of the summer solstic...

We need nimble policy to keep pace with technology

We need nimble policy to keep pace with technology

Dr. Ian Brettell, Biodiversity Policy Officer at the lab, muses on how we can make sure that the latest technology benefits nature and biodiversity. Technological progress is outstripping our ability ...

What are we without biodiversity?

What are we without biodiversity?

Humans need biodiversity to thrive. We have to take action now to protect it, so that we can flourish for generations to come.

5 key things to know about forest restoration

5 key things to know about forest restoration

Forests cover 31% of land on Earth. Healthy, biodiverse forests are key to human health and wellbeing, filtering our air and water, providing food and medicine, capturing carbon, and offering pl...

The evenness of species within a community is key to increasing forest productivity

The evenness of species within a community is key to increasing forest productivity

New research shows that high forest productivity is not only the result of how many different species occur in a forest, but also how abundant the species are. Typically, a greater number of species i...