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​​Forests are a multitrillion-dollar asset. Vibrant Planet bets SaaS can save them

Vibrant Planet is definitely a software play — from its cloud focus to its per-seat licenses, it’s SaaS through and through — but its end goal...

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Vibrant Planet raises $17M seed round to grow forest restoration SaaS

The public benefit startup is developing Land Tender, SaaS for forest management, something they call an “operating system for forest...

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Kettle books $25M for its reinsurance platform against fire and other catastrophes

One of the most noticeable — and noted — effects of climate change has been its impact on how other events in the environment — be...

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Using tech to transform vegetation management in the wake of the Dixie Fire

The hurdles of scalability and the operations to initiate an inspection need improved management foresight. Satellite analysis is a feasible,...

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Google beefs up wildfire tracking, tree cover and Plus Codes in Maps

Google has updates for a handful of tools aimed at helping people use Maps for more, or get on them in the first place. The company is improving...

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DroneSeed’s $36M A round makes it a one-stop shop for post-wildfire reforestation

DroneSeed started as a tech-powered alternative to the backbreaking work of large-scale tree planting, but this important task is only one small part...

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When wildfires rage close, Perimeter wants to tell you where to go

Out the window, a fire is raging — and it’s moving ever closer. Confusion. Fear. A run for the car. Roads open and then suddenly closed by...

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BreezoMeter, which powers air quality in Apple’s Weather app, launches Wildfire Tracker

BreezoMeter has been on a mission to make environmental health hazard information accessible to as many people as possible. Through its air quality...

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a16z leads investment in Firemaps, a marketplace for home hardening against wildfires

Wildfires are burning in countries all around the world. California is dealing with some of the worst wildfires in its history (a superlative that I...

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Max Q — China’s space station gets a staff

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. This week, China started...

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OroraTech’s space-based early wildfire warnings spark $7M investment

With wildfires becoming an ever more devastating annual phenomenon, it is in the whole planet’s interest to spot them and respond as early as...

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