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Monday, May 18, 2015
More than half the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last century but all of those surviving in Sri Lanka, one of their most important havens, are now to be protected in an unprecedented operation. The organiser of the project, the biggest of its kind, see the role of women as the key to its success. Mangroves are...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  In 2005, the director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, Elaine Solowey, germinated an ancient seed. The seed was recovered decades ago at an archaeological excavation at Masada, a historic mountainside fortress. It spent years in a researcher's drawer in Tel Aviv. The male date...
Friday, March 27, 2015
Lawns, shrubs and trees cool and clean the air in urban environments, absorbing air pollutants and particulate matter and improving human health, according to an analysis released by the David Suzuki Foundation. Urban forest is a particularly potent filter for airborne particulates, which is an aggravating factor in lung...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Much of the Earth was once cloaked in vast forests, from the subarctic snowforests to the Amazon and Congo basins. As humankind colonised the far corners of our planet, we cleared large areas to harvest wood, make way for farmland, and build towns and cities. The loss of forest has wrought dramatic consequences for...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Chile has declared a red alert for three national parks and reserves where massive wildfires are threatening forests that are thousands of years old, officials said Tuesday. The fires have been raging for more than a week in the southern region of La Araucania, which has been hit by a severe drought. The National Emergency...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Forests are so important to people and our planet that the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, providing homes to animals, plants and insects while also supplying shelter, jobs and security to communities...
Friday, March 6, 2015
An Estonian oak tree in a football field has received the European Tree of the Year Award with nearly 60,000 votes. The Estonian oak tree received 59,836 votes, almost a third (32 percent) of the 185,000 votes cast in total for 14 trees from countries across Europe. All the trees join the European Trail of Trees, which...
Friday, March 6, 2015
Scientists say signs of spring are appearing earlier in British woodlands because of temperature rises in past decades. They predict that climate change will alter the order in which different trees start to grow leaves, with long-term implications for the survival of some woodland plants. A 200-year-old record from a...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive. But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher was first observed 15 years ago. But a team of researchers have only recently been able to collect and analyze the bird's DNA, confirming the species' genetic distinctiveness. In a new paper, researchers from Michigan State University, Princeton University and the Indonesian Institute of...

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