Seeing the wood for the trees

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try to manage, conserve and restore forests across the world, they often rely on scanty and scattered information […]

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6 groundbreaking examples of tech innovations inspired by biomimicry

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Da Vinci was definitely on to something when he observed birds and copied their forms to create his own wings for flight. Although biomimicry wasn’t ultimately successful in helping Da Vinci achieve flight, it has a solid track record for getting engineers, thinkers, and inventors to approach problems in design and technology by returning to […]

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How does reforestation help the environment?

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Planting new trees can help to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air. Gases like carbon dioxide and methane are major contributors to the changing climates. Reforestation is an effective mitigation strategy to fight global warming. In addition to benefiting the climate, reforestation helps protect important species of animals. Reforestation helps to rebuild […]

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12 Fascinating Facts About The Boreal Forest

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The boreal forest or snow forest, is a biome, or in other words a constellation of different habitats, characterized by coniferous forests such as pines, spruces and larches. It is found in high northern latitudes, between the tundra, and the temperate forest, but there is considerable regional variation. Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, […]

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Nonprofit Clones Giant Sequoias To Combat Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

A nonprofit in Michigan is cloning California’s giant sequoias in an attempt to refurbish the earth with a natural combatant of greenhouse gases, one 200-foot tree at a time. According to the team of voluntary arborists heading this project, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive says, “We are creating living libraries of old-growth tree genetics by cloning […]

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Restore the Mississippi River Delta

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, the state’s blueprint for coastal restoration and protection, includes a variety of projects to rebuild and sustain land across Louisiana’s coast to protect wildlife, people and jobs. Saving Louisiana’s coast will require a suite of restoration solutions working together to provide maximum ecosystem benefits. SEDIMENT DIVERSIONS Sediment diversions mimic nature’s historic […]

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Forest Restoration & Reforestation

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

In places where forests have been lost or degraded, restoration or reforestation projects may be undertaken in order to guarantee or accelerate the recovery of forests. Objectives of forest restoration can range from economic incentives, to social or cultural values, to ecosystem services, to biodiversity conservation. The task of forest restoration can be a complex […]

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Are Some Forests More Useful Than Others At Stopping Climate Change?

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

LIFE ON EARTH wouldn’t be the same without forests. An estimated 1.6 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests provide food and timber, preserve water quality and soil fertility, and act as a home for 80% of the planet’s terrestrial species. They also act as the planet’s lungs. Forests produce one […]

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Out goes paddy rice farming, in comes a new efficient method

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Mr Kyshan Rao, an Indian engineer and farmer, shows farmers how to select good planting seeds in Ahero Irrigation Scheme, Kisumu County. @ ANITA CHEPKOECH Time seems to be up for paddy rice farming as researchers unveil a new method of growing the important cereal. Paddy rice farming has been used across the […]

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Reducing methane emissions from rice farming

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The rice farmers are perceived as emitters of GHGs (mainly methane) which they are largely unaware of. Nepalese rice farmers bear the adverse effects of GHGs in terms of climate change felt in forms of erratic monsoon rainfalls, which is the main source of water for rice cultivation. Unpredictable and inadequate monsoon directly […]

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