Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by

The British countryside is famed for its hedgerows. According to scientists, cities need more dense lines of shrubs in order to effectively combat automobile-borne air pollution. (Photo: Jenny Brown/flickr) Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, air-scrubbing power of urban trees cannot be underestimated. But as far as that last bit — the removal of […]

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Are some forests better than others at migrating climate change ?

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

Photo credit: Travel Photos HD. 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 […]

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The TreeSisters Million Trees Campaign

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

Restoring Our Forests – One Woman At a Time Women as a Force of Nature, On Behalf of Nature BECOME A TREESISTER We are calling for women to become treesisters by contributing monthly to tropical reforestation. We are planting well over One Million Trees per year, and are now aiming for One Million Trees per […]

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A ‘green revolution’ that may save Filipino coconut farmers

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

GUINAYANGAN, Philippines – Rizal and Renida Marjes’ backyard reminded me of a wild version of the vegetable and fruit stalls in my neighborhood grocery. Like those well-lit stalls, produce was presented in different levels. Stoic coconut trees towered above us, as if on the highest shelf. A rung below were the mango and chico trees […]

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Intercropping with Tea Best Improves Water Use Efficiency of Rubber Trees

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

Rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) have great economic and social value throughout South-East Asia. The dramatic expansion of rubber plantations has caused many environmental problems, especially hydrological consequences. Although rubber agroforestry systems provide promising solutions, the associations of water use between rubber tree and other intercropped species are poorly documented.  Prof. LIU Wenjie and his […]

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The unsung heroes of climate change

Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by

Rainforests are the poster child for conservation. They’re packed with charismatic wildlife and are essential for the health of the planet. Why wouldn’t you want to try to save them? But they are not the only ecosystems playing a crucial role on Earth. For example, did you know that 450 billion tonnes of carbon is […]

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12 Fascinating Facts About The Boreal Forest

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by

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 by

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

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by

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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Farming with forests

Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by

In the race to feed a growing population, it is important to consider sustainability. University of Illinois researchers are promoting the practice of agroforestry—the intentional planting of trees and shrubs with crops or livestock—to achieve sustainability goals. A number of practical and policy challenges have prevented adoption of agroforestry practices on a large scale in […]

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