Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.
Interesting articles about trees across the world
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Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source
Guardian 28 Sept 2017
Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers.
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben review – wooded wonder
Guardian 13 Sept 2017
They communicate, filter the air and are as complex as any animal. Welcome to the world of trees
'Once this was all trees, but they burned them to plant cocoa': the ruin of West Africa's rainforest
Guardian 13 Sept 2017
A journey into the heart of Ivory Coast reveals its forests are being ripped up to feed the growing global demand for chocolate
Put a price on urban trees – and halt this chainsaw massacre
Guardian 11 Sept 2017
From chestnuts in south London to elms in Sheffield, they improve mental health, and stem pollution and floods. Yet policymakers fail to see them as assets.
How to offset Trump's climate science ignorance – plant 10bn trees
Guardian 27 August 2017
An ambitious tree-planting campaign aims to counteract the CO2 released by Donald Trump’s climate policies
Reasons Living Trees Are Valuable
ThoughtCo 21 August 2017
The trees around us are extremely important and have always been necessary for improving the human condition - both during its life and after harvest.
The Songs of Trees by David George Haskell, The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred, and Oak and Ash and Thorn by Peter Fiennes, review – fascinating insights from the forest
Guardian 20 August 2017
Three books celebrating the complex life of trees highlight why we should learn to love them before it’s too late
Tories to miss 11m tree planting manifesto promise by vast margin, figures suggest
Telegraph 19 August 2017
Tory manifesto promise to plant 11 million trees by 2020 is set to be missed by a vast margin, according to new official figures released this week. A report by the Forestry Commission found that less than 2.5 million trees have been planted since the pledge was made at the 2015 election.
The council pays me to protect trees from destruction – but for how long?
Guardian letters 12 August 2017
Tree officers have the power to challenge developers and conserve urban trees in the interest of the community. But cuts to budgets are jeopardising that.
Michael Gove demands end to Sheffield tree-felling programme
Guardian 10 August 2017
Michael Gove has intervened in a long-running battle to try to stop a controversial tree-felling programme in Sheffield. A number of Sheffield residents have been arrested trying to protect some of the 6,000 trees that face being chopped down as part of a 25-year £2bn highway maintenance scheme called Streets Ahead.
We know how to reduce deforestation – so where's the money?
Guardian 28 July 2017
Paying people not to cut down trees works, evidence shows – so can we really afford not to do so?
Vietnamese smallholders help end deforestation
Guardian 24 July 2017
In the foothills of Vietnam’s Annamite mountains, hundreds of small forest owners are joining forces to produce sustainable acacia used in furniture around the world. With much of the country’s plantations owned by individuals, expanding the approach may be the best chance for saving forests in the Greater Mekong
India plants 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of record-breaking environmental campaign
Independent 3 July 2017
More than 1.5 million volunteers were involved in the huge operation. India committed under the Paris Agreement to increasing its forests by five million hectares before 2030 to combat climate change.
Earth’s dry zones support a surprising number of trees
Science News 26 June 2017
New study boosts estimate of forested area in parched zones by at least 40 percent. Earth’s dry regions have more trees than once thought — a hopeful note in the fight against climate change.
Trees in eastern US head west as climate changes
Nature.com 17 May 2017
Ecologists have long predicted that climate change will send plants and animals uphill and towards the poles in search of familiar temperatures. Such movements have increasingly been documented around the world. But a study now shows that changing rainfall patterns may be driving some tree species in the eastern United States west, not north.
Tree Therapy? ‘Forest Bathers’ Say It Helps
Wall Street Journal 7 May 2017
Can the chemicals that plants and trees give off be good for your health? Yes, say forest bathers, who are immersing themselves in nature to combat stress.
Carbon report: Plant native trees, save cash
New Zealand Herald 23 April 2017
The case to plant more native forests to off-set emissions has been again pushed in another major research report - and this time, researchers say businesses could benefit.
To save forests, cut some trees down, scientists say
Science 21 April 2017
Forests are feeling the heat. In places like the American West, rising temperatures and drought mean less water for trees, sometimes shrivelling swaths of woodland. Now, scientists have found that thinning early in forest growth creates tougher trees that can endure climate change. What’s more, these thinned forests can suck carbon out of the air just as fast as dense forests.
Could planting trees save the world's largest river island?
BBC 31 March 2017
A man has made it his life's mission to help save the world’s largest river island, Majuli, from erosion by planting trees. Over several decades Jadav Payeng, known as the Forest Man of India, has turned a barren area into a forest larger than New York’s Central Park.
How Many Trees Can You Plant This Year?
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 28 March 2017
Ontario is partnering with families, community organizations and businesses across the province to reach its goal of planting six million trees this year to promote cleaner air and help fight climate change.
The man who planted a tree and grew a whole family of forests
Guardian 21 March 2017
As Brazil’s deforestation begins to climb again, one man has spent over 40 years planting a forest of his own
Speaking for the trees: hope, despair and regrowth in Tasmania's charred forests
Guardian 12 March 2017
Large parts of the Tarkine wilderness – the biggest tract of temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere – burned in the fires of 2016.
Author Ben Walter visited the region and found devastation, and hope.
Can tree rings predict volcanic eruptions?
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
9 March 2017
Scientists made a surprising discovery on their mission to find better indicators for impending volcanic eruptions: it looks like tree rings may be able to predict eruptions,
Teenager Is on Track to Plant a Trillion Trees
National Geographic 7 March 2017
Starting his project as a nine-year-old, Felix Finkbeiner aims to restore the world’s forests.
Hundreds of previously undiscovered ancient oak trees found in English countryside
Independent 3 March 2017
Scientists discover England has more ancient oak trees than rest of Europe put together
Foreign beetles destroying Japan's famed cherry blossom trees
Telegraph 2 March 2017
Japan's iconic cherry blossoms, which bring millions of tourists to the country each year, are under attack from a foreign species of beetle that experts fear could decimate trees across the nation.
Research articles about trees
Cool insights for a hot world: trees and forests recycle water
Forest-driven water and energy cycles are poorly integrated into regional, national, continental and global decision-making on climate change adaptation, mitigation, land use and water management. This constrains humanity’s ability to protect our planet’s climate and life-sustaining functions. The substantial body of research we review reveals that forest, water and energy interactions provide the foundations for carbon storage, for cooling terrestrial surfaces and for distributing water resources. Forests and trees must be recognized as prime regulators within the water, energy and carbon cycles.
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