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We found methane-eating bacteria living in a common Australian tree. It could be a game changer for curbing greenhouse gases
9 April 2021 The Conversation Southern Cross University
Trees are the Earth’s lungs – it’s well understood they drawdown and lock up vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But emerging research is showing trees can also emit methane, and it’s currently unknown just how much.
'Treethane': A New Frontier in the Global Carbon Cycle?
Destruction of world's forests increased sharply in 2020
31 March 2021 The Guardian
Calls for forests to be high on Cop26 agenda after loss of 42,000 sq km of tree cover in key tropical regions
Disease outbreaks more likely in deforestation areas, study finds
24 March 2021 The Guardian
Tree-planting can also increase health risks if it focuses too narrowly on small number of species, paper says.
Legume trees key to supporting tropical forest growth
March 8, 2021 Science Daily University of Sheffield
Researchers have found that nitrogen-fixing legume trees can support themselves and surrounding trees not only with increased access to nitrogen, but with other key nutrients through enhanced mineral weathering.
New data allows scientists to accurately measure the carbon flux of forests
3 March 2021 GreenBiz
The world is getting a better understanding of just how important forests are in the global fight against climate change. New research, published in Nature Climate Change and available on Global Forest Watch, found that the world’s forests sequestered about twice as much carbon dioxide as they emitted between 2001 and 2019.
Drax Purchase Would Implicate the United Kingdom in Loss of Canadian Forests
25 February 2021 NRDC
The operator of the world’s largest wood-burning power station is doubling down on its destructive wood-burning business model.
Row over UK tree-planting drive: 'We want the right trees in the right place'
23 February 2021 The Guardian
Forestry Commission accused of funding non-native plantations that damage peatlands and imperil rare species
Keeping trees in the ground where they are already growing is an effective low-tech way to slow climate change
22 February 2021 The Conversation - Oregon State University and Tufts
Permanently protecting large, mature forests is a faster and cheaper way to stabilize Earth's climate than complex carbon capture and storage schemes, and more effective than planting new trees.
Save the trees: Never-ending construction in cities threatens the urban forest
15 February 2021 The Conversation - Université Laval
To protect urban trees, it's important to reduce the impact from construction. Advance planning and close supervision can help.
Why keeping one mature street tree is far better for humans and nature than planting lots of new ones
1 February 2021 The Conversation - Swansea University
Greenwashing spin is often used to justify chopping down mature street trees. Size really matters with trees.
Forests go into growth ‘overdrive’ to recover from drought – new study
18 January 2021 The Conversation University of Stirling
Trees may be more resilient to future dry spells than scientists first thought.