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Restore UK woodland by letting trees plant themselves, says report
15 December 2020 The Guardian
Allowing trees and woodland to regenerate through the natural dispersal of seeds should become the default way to restore Britain’s forest cover, according to a new report by Rewilding Britain. It is cost-effective and boosts biodiversity.
Climate change is making autumn leaves change colour earlier – here’s why
26 November 2020 The Conversation University of Salford
Warmer temperatures cannot increase the amount of carbon deciduous trees absorb in each growing season, a new study suggests.
Amazon near tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah – study
5 October 2020 The Guardian
Climate crisis and logging is leading to shift from canopy rainforest to open grassland
Shorter lifespan of faster-growing trees will add to climate crisis, study finds
8 September 2020 The Guardian
Rise in carbon capture as global warming speeds growth of forests would be negated by earlier deaths, say scientists.
Across the world, trees are growing faster, dying younger – and will soon store less carbon
8 September 2020 The Conversation University of Leeds
We analysed 210,000 tree ring records from 80 different species, and found the trade off between growth and lifespan may neutralise the forest carbon sink.
Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?
30 July 2020 The Conversation University of Birmingham
The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.
How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years
18 June 2020 The Conversation Universities of St Andrews & Edinburgh
New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.
Tree diseases can change entire landscapes and must be taken seriously
4 May 2020 The Conversation Universities of Pretoria & Stellenbosch
These plants play a crucial role in a delicate ecosystem. If Cape Beech trees or in fact other native tree species are wiped out, that whole ecosystem shifts.
Planting trees must be done with care – it can create more problems than it addresses
30 January 2020 The Conversation United Nations University
Although China's tree-planting efforts have increased carbon sequestration for climate mitigation and protected the soil from erosion, they have also led to drastic water shortages.
Climate crisis: how to make space for 2 billion trees on a crowded island like the UK
28 January 2020 The Conversation Nottingham Trent University
Hitting the right balance – some commercial forestry, lots of new native woodland and millions of scattered trees – will be key to maximising the benefits they bring.