City trees suffer from not getting enough sleep

CC BY 2.0 Max Pixel Streetlights and other city circumstances lead to poor health and prevent urban trees from being all that they can be. From the “Trees, They’re Just Like Us!” department, my favorite forester has weighed in on an issue I have long suspected: Urban trees, like much of the natural world, have a hard time when the …

When the trees disappear from the outskirts of the forest, it creates significant local warming and changes air circulation patterns throughout the Amazon area during the dry season leading to more loss

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not only the climate that is adversely affected by deforestation. In fact, the very stability of the ecosystem in the entire Amazon region is altered when deforestation takes place in the …

The Earth Has Lungs. Watch Them Breathe.

Robert Krulwich’s excellent program, RadioLab is now one of the most widely downloaded weekly podcasts.  His blog from 9 March 2016 is below What a difference a leaf makes! Well, not one leaf. We have 3.1 trillion trees on our planet—that’s 422 trees per person. If we count all the leaves on all those trees and take a look at …