• Global forest ecosystems

    Global forest ecosystems, widely considered to act as the lungs of the planet, ‘held their breath’ during the most recent occurrence of a warming hiatus, new research has shown. The international study examined the full extent to which these vital ecosystems performed as a carbon sink from 1998-2012 – the most recent recorded period of global warming […]

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  • Building greener cities: nine benefits of urban trees

    For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. By 2050, this number is expected to increase to 66 percent. The shift from rural to urban areas, mainly in Africa and Asia, is due to poverty and related socio-economic factors. For the most part, […]

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  • Tree biodiversity critical to forest productivity

    A few years back, Jingjing Liang started to notice a pattern in his work as a forest ecologist who spends a lot of time studying the complex relationships within forests. Whether he was in the taiga of Alaska where pine-rich stands push into the Arctic Circle, amid the western hemlocks and Douglas firs that predominate in […]

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  • Landscape Trees and Climate Change

    We all hear a great deal these days about climate change and its potential problems. And, we who work with landscape and urban trees have heard that we can greatly reduce these problems by planting and caring for trees. Certainly trees are good for our environment. But can urban trees make a difference in climate change? […]

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  • Increase Your Home’s Value With Mature Trees

    Towering trees on your property provide more than beauty — they increase the value of your home. Several recent nationwide surveys show that mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase the value of a house by 7 percent to 19 percent. A lush lawn with flower gardens is pretty, but didn’t add to the […]

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  • Briton remains president of EU nursery stock

    Tim Edwards was reelected as president of the European Nursery Stock Association. This happened at the annual meeting of the ENA in Sofia, Bulgaria. Previously Edwards, one of the British nursery  stocks in Boningale,  had already stated that he wanted to remain the next two years as leader of the European nurseries. Jan-Dieter Bruns, Director […]

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  • Watching a forest breathe

    For the first time, scientists have been successful in measuring the processes by which an entire forest “breathes,” using sophisticated technology involving flux towers and new instrumentation that can precisely measure two different types (isotopes) of carbon dioxide in the air. A team led by Richard Wehr and Scott Saleska at the University of Arizona […]

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  • How trees can help reduce climate change

    Trees store carbon While they are growing, trees use sunlight to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it as carbon in the form of wood. One of the practical ways to combat climate change is to plant more trees in order to take more carbon out of the atmosphere (as long […]

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  • Growing the Urban Forest

    Climate change, like urbanisation, is happening rapidly. According to multiple government agencies worldwide, 2015 was the hottest year to date, taking over from 2014, and that trend is happening concurrently with rapid urbanisation. By 2050, 66 per cent of the planet’s 9.7 billion people will reside in cities, according to the United Nations. That sort […]

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