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June 28, 2022

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Amazon Landscape Change Study Highlights Ecological Harms and Opportunities for Action

A major study into landscape changes in the Brazilian Amazon sheds new light on the many environmental threats the biome faces -- but also offers ...

Modeling Historical Biomass Could Be Key to Buffering Climate Change

A new study paints a vivid image of how forests developed over centuries and contribute to Earth's carbon balance -- a crucial component to maintaining a steady global climate. The study ...
A new study has unraveled the earliest evidence for domestication of a fruit tree, researchers report. The researchers analyzed remnants of charcoal from the Chalcolithic ...

Beyond 'Plant Trees!': Research Finds Tree Plantations Encroaching on Essential Ecosystems

Trees planted in the tropics as part of nations' reforestation commitments can have unintended consequences, sometimes degrading biodiversity ...
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Invasive Species Are Taking Over Some American Forests

A new botanical survey of southwest Ohio found that invasive species introduced to the United States over the past century are crowding out many native ...

A Family of Termites Has Been Traversing the World's Oceans for Millions of Years

A comprehensive family tree, based on DNA sequences, has revealed that drywood termites have made at least 40 oceanic journeys over the last 50 million years to reach far flung ...

Rainforest Trees May Have Been Dying Faster Since the 1980s Because of Climate Change

Tropical trees in Australia's rainforests have been dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of climate impacts, according to the findings of a long-term ...

High Rates of Landscape Degradation Not Product of Landscape Fires

Once humans discovered how to tame fire, they began using it for heat, cooking, to scare away animals and to alter their environs, especially burning areas to plant and to restore grazing land. In ...

What We're Still Learning About How Trees Grow

A new study finds that tree growth does not seem to be generally limited by photosynthesis but rather by cell growth. This suggests that we need to rethink the way we forecast forest growth in a ...

Water Makes Tree Branches Droop at Night

Terrestrial laser scanning data show that trees move their branches in a diurnal pattern, settling down for the night -- as if falling asleep. Changes in the water status of leaves and branches ...

Climate Change Increases Risks of Tree Death

All of that carbon in trees and forests worldwide could be thrown back into the atmosphere if the trees burn up in a forest fire. Trees also stop scrubbing carbon dioxide from the air if they die due ...

Climate Change Is Pushing Pine Defoliating Moth Northward 50 Years Ahead of Earlier Predictions

In Finland, climate change is causing the pine pest Panolis flammea, or pine beauty moth, to shift its range northward 50 years ahead of predictions. Changes in both the distribution and size of the ...

Studies Find the Seeds of a Forest's Renewal After Wildfire, Drought

By quantifying the seed production of more than 700 trees species worldwide and how each species' productivity can vary by location, two new studies can help boost the success of efforts to ...

Bird Populations in Eastern Canada Declining Due to Forest 'Degradation,' Research Shows

Bird species that live in wooded areas are under stress from human-caused changes to forest composition, according to new research that quantifies the effects of forest 'degradation' on ...

Study Suggests Tree-Filled Spaces Are More Favorable to Child Development Than Paved or Grassy Surfaces

A study has found that living in a tree-filled environment is associated with better early childhood development than living in an environment where vegetation takes the form of grass cover. The ...

Factors Including Extreme Winds, Topography and Vegetation Influenced the Severity of Burns from Oregon's Devastating 2020 Megafires

In a new study examining burn patterns from the 2020 Labor Day fires, researchers studied the influence of weather, topography, vegetation and other factors on burn severity in areas where the fires ...

Deforestation Drives Climate Change That Harms Remaining Forest

Scientists using climate models and satellite data reveal for the first time how protecting tropical forests can yield climate benefits that enhance carbon storage in nearby ...

U.S. Trees May Provide Over $100 Billion Dollars in Savings Via Environmental Benefits -- But Face Growing Threats

The concept of ecosystem services allows researchers to quantify the benefits that nature contributes to people into monetary units. A new study suggests that trees provide greater economic value ...

Global Team of Scientists Determine 'Fingerprint' for How Much Heat, Drought Is Too Much for Forests

A new study has compiled a global database of climate-induced forest die-off events, from 1970-2018, across 675 locations. After analyzing the climate conditions at each location during each event, ...

Cutting Palm Trees to Harvest Fruit? Better to Let Trees Grow

Scientists have shown for the first time the widespread harm caused in Peru by cutting down the palm tree Mauritia flexuosa in order to harvest its fruit. The scientists examined where and why the ...

Increased Heat and Drought Stunt Tropical Trees, a Major Carbon Sink

For a long time, ecologists assumed tree rings to be absent in tropical trees because of a lack of temperature and rain fluctuations in the trees' environment. But in recent decades, the ...

Stormwater Harvesting Benefits City Trees

Reports of tree canopy coverage dwindling across city suburbs raise pressure on local government and other authorities' efforts to improve the health of urban street trees. New research has ...

The Mystery of an Unusual Panamanian Plant’s Dispersal

Camera traps in the forest canopy document a nocturnal mammal that may be helping Zamia pseudoparasitica survive up in the ...

Neighborhoods Feeling the Heat as Medium Density Housing Robs Suburbs of Street and Garden Trees

Researchers are calling for new national planning policies to mandate the inclusion of trees in any future housing developments and architectural ...

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