Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …

Lack of water is key stressor for urban trees

A study out March 13 finds that urban trees can survive increased heat and insect pests fairly well — unless they are thirsty. Insufficient water not only harms trees, but allows other problems to have an outsized effect on trees in urban environments. “We would see some vibrant urban trees covered in scale insects, but we’d also see other clearly …

US urban forests contain an estimated 5.5 billion trees that produce at least $18 billion in benefits to society, help avoid 575,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms

A new USDA Forest Service study projects that urban land in Lower 48 states will more than double between 2010 and 2060, which will affect forest and agricultural lands that are being converted to urban uses as well as expand the importance of urban forests in relation to environmental quality and human well-being. A USDA Forest Service study published in …

There are low cost ways to reduce carbon through ag, land and forest restoration, but attention is needed now to reach the contributions possible

By TNC, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science “New research by TNC and 15 other institutions . . . demonstrates that nature-based solutions provide up to 37 percent of the emissions reductions needed be 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius—30 percent more than previously estimated.” Globally, forest pathways offer about half of the lowest-cost climate opportunities, …

120 tree seed pods planted a minute by drones flying 10 feet off the ground over pre-screened areas

https://www.popsci.com/drones-plant-trees Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for animals and insects, and enhance our lives in countless other ways. It turns out that ecosystem restoration is also an emerging business opportunity. A new …

How walk-first cities are saving lives: Prioritizing people over cars means everyone wins

By Alissa Walker@awalkerinLA  Jan 31, 2018 Curbed Cars cause 20-50 million injuries every year and are a major cause of disability.  Mexico City’s downtown was extensively pedestrianized in 2012, closing many busy streets to cars completely, and now a network of wide sidewalks and bike lanes provide options for non-drivers. Perhaps most impressive is Chennai, India, where the local government has completely shifted …

How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism

The complex systems of the natural world can open our eyes to a new way of being. Adrienne Maree Brown posted Feb 01, 2018 in Yes! Magazine “If we are in rhythm with nature, we are in rhythm with ourselves.” —Micah Hobbes Frazier If we pay close attention, we can experience the wonder that emerges from the beauty, magic, miracles and …

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

By JOANNA KLEIN 2 Feb 2018, NYTimes In an experiment, scientists sedated plants like the Venus fly trap. When the drugs wore off, the plants came back to life, almost as if they were regaining consciousness. CreditKen Yokawa, et al. Plants don’t get enough credit. They move. You know this. Your houseplant salutes the sun each morning. At night, it returns to center. …

20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use

18 Jan 2018   read full ScienceDaily article here Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction, according to a study in Ecological Modelling. The authors of the study, which was carried out at Parthenope University of Naples in Italy, say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should …

Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land

by Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Andrew Wu, Juan-Carlos Altamirano, Andrés Anchondo Ortega, René Zamora Cristaless This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the benefits and costs of restoring forests and landscapes in countries around the world, demonstrating how smart policies and innovative financing can help governments meet their restoration targets. The authors find that finance, both public and private, for restoration is inadequate for seven reasons, …