Standing beneath especially tall trees in a forest and looking up can invoke a feeling of awe. Large trees — especially those that are 21 inches in diameter or more — offer valuable benefits to forests, as well as outsized help with the biodiversity and climate crises. They provide unique habitat for wildlife, as well […]
If you live in a polluted neighborhood, allergy season could be worse for you. A new study published in PLOS ONE Wednesday found that silver birch trees growing in more polluted areas of Poland had higher levels of the allergen Bet v1. “This research aligns with previous studies that have found that levels of allergic […]
Americans are well known for their evenly clipped, bright green lawns. But rather than being beneficial, these manicured greenspaces are actually detrimental to the environment. In the U.S., more than 40 million acres of land is covered in some form of lawn, reported Insider. These lawns have the ability to act as carbon sinks that […]
Yet another study has bolstered the connection between urban green space and mental health. Research led by ISGlobal, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, found that residents of the city had better markers for mental wellbeing when their living situations met certain criteria for access to greenery, yet fewer than 5 percent of city residents […]
The practice of agroforestry, from a broad perspective, is farming with trees, but looking at it more closely, it’s a land management system that capitalizes on the biological interconnectedness of trees, crops and livestock to create thriving ecosystems.
A new report, called the Land Gap Report, from researchers around the world has found that climate pledges from governments and corporations that rely heavily on tree planting are not realistic. That’s because there likely isn’t enough land on Earth to support all of these carbon offsetting pledges. Researchers calculated the land needed to fulfill […]
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.
It’s hard to imagine a world without palm trees. Members of the recognizable Arecaceae family drop coconuts onto white-sand beaches, pierce their fronds through the greenery of rainforests and line glamorous boulevards from Los Angeles to Miami. But a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution Monday warns that we might have to. A […]