Is this the end of forests as we’ve known them? Trees lost to drought and wildfires are not returning. Climate change is taking a toll on the world’s forests

By Alastair Gee, The Guardian, 10 Mar 2021, Camille Stevens-Rumann never used to worry about seeing dead trees. As a wildland firefighter in the American west, she encountered untold numbers killed in blazes she helped to extinguish. She knew fires are integral to forests in this part of the world; they prune out smaller trees, giving room to the rest …

Trees Talk to Each Other and Recognize Their Offspring

By Derek Markham Updated January 11, 2021, Treehugger The Lorax might have spoken for the trees, but it turns out that trees can speak for themselves. At least to other trees, that is. While it’s not news that a variety of communication happens between non-human elements of the natural world, the idea of mycelia (the main body of fungi, as opposed …

Rising temperatures force trees to release more CO2. And leave the trees! The largest three percent contain almost half of forest carbon.

New Yorker: Southeast United States, where, according to a long investigative piece in The Daily Climate, by Danielle Purifoy, the industrial-scale deforestation—hold your surprise—“is bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.” As one North Carolina resident put it, “When I looked at the officer that was choking George Floyd, and he said ‘I can’t breathe,’ this …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Listen to this story, Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer on As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange? The cool breath of evening slips off the wooded …

Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees: Plants communicate, nurture their seedlings, and get stressed

Nautilus by Brandon Keim, 2020 https://getpocket.com/explore/item/never-underestimate-the-intelligence-of-trees Photo credit: Mimadeo / Shutterstock. Consider a forest: One notices the trunks, of course, and the canopy. If a few roots project artfully above the soil and fallen leaves, one notices those too, but with little thought for a matrix that may spread as deep and wide as the branches above. Fungi don’t register …

Controlling for income, education, and age, 10 more trees on a block provide a 1% increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. To get that with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood $10,000 or make people seven years younger.

How Trees Calm Us Down, By Alex Hutchinson July 23, 2015 In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in …