Deforestation is the clearing of forested land with the purpose of converting it to be used for something other than forest, including the raising of livestock, agriculture, mining, development or other non-forest uses.
The second-ever Trees & Seas Festival will run from September 16 to 25 with events, tree-plantings and beach cleans around the world. The festival is the brainchild of Plastic Oceans International, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works to combat ocean plastic pollution by empowering sustainable communities.
Currently in the U.S., only eight tree species have federal protections and are officially considered threatened or endangered. But a new study from researchers at the Morton Arboretum shows that far more tree species are vulnerable, with 11% to 16% of trees in the contiguous U.S. under threat of extinction. According to the researchers, the […]
People across the UK have noticed trees changing color and losing their leaves early, but this isn’t because of a sudden cold snap. In fact, the opposite is to blame. A summer of heat waves and drought worsened by the climate crisis is putting pressure on the nation’s trees and might even kill some of […]
What is the oldest tree in the world? Up until recently, the record-holder was the “Methuselah” bristlecone pine in California’s White Mountains, which has been dated as 4,852 years old, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. However, a contender from another hemisphere is coming for its crown: an alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) in Chile known […]
The city of Paris will not move forward with a plan to clear more than 40 trees near the Eiffel Tower. The plan to redevelop the tower area in time for the 2024 Olympics would have created tourist facilities near the famous landmark but also reduced traffic and increased green space. However, Parisians were concerned […]
Oftentimes, where there are trees, there are birds, whether the landscape is woodland, forest, an urban park or rural farmland. In Australia, farmland is being revegetated to attract woodland bird species, a team of researchers wrote in The Conversation. Trees bordering paddocks are being planted, and stands of trees and shrubs that run beside creeks […]
A new study from Boston University School of Public Health has found a link between living with exposure to more green space and an improvement in cognitive function. The research suggests that living near greenery could especially boost cognitive function for middle-age women, ultimately reducing rates of depression and possibly dementia. The paper, published in […]
New data from the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Global Forest Watch found that 11.1 million hectares of tropical forest were lost in 2021, including 3.75 million hectares of primary rainforests that are important carbon sinks and biodiversity havens.