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Enjoy the color while you can before climate change makes a mess of this too. Enjoy the color while you can before climate change makes a mess of this too. chensiyuan

Fall foliage in the crosshairs of climate change

One of nature’s most spectacular events occurs every autumn, when the leaves of hardwood trees burst into brilliant color before falling to the ground. These autumnal displays in the eastern United States…
Research shows exposure to nature can relieve symptoms of ADHD in children. Research shows exposure to nature can relieve symptoms of ADHD in children. Tatters:)/Flickr

Hug a tree – the evidence shows it really will make you feel better

We know that trees have many benefits. In forests they provide habitat, wood, biodiversity and ecosystem services. In cities, they can mitigate the urban heat island effect by cooling the air and reducing…
Woods today, firewood tomorrow? Woods today, firewood tomorrow? Chris Ison/PA

Justified and ancient: our best woodland is irreplaceable

The threat to Britain’s ancient woodland has been much discussed recently, the suggestion being that where they are lost to housing development they might be replaced with new woods through biodiversity…
Using tree measurements by Papua New Guinean villagers such as Daniel and Jackson, scientists can estimate that this tree stores about one tonne of carbon in its trunk and branches. Using tree measurements by Papua New Guinean villagers such as Daniel and Jackson, scientists can estimate that this tree stores about one tonne of carbon in its trunk and branches. Michelle Venter

How tree huggers can save forests with science

While hugging a tree sounds relaxing, it’s harder than you might think - especially when the tree is 20 storeys high and 3 metres wide, it’s hot as hell, and you’re swatting away swarms of sweat bugs…
Citizen science: how do your trees measure up? Citizen science: how do your trees measure up? Yui Mok/PA

Citizen scientists have a role to play in our woods and cities

Everyone can contribute to scientific research, whether by exploring far-flung galaxies from the comfort of their computer, or by checking how clean the air is in their street by examining lichens growing…
Trees need stability and protection to get big, and both of those are in short supply. Trees need stability and protection to get big, and both of those are in short supply. William Laurance

The end of big trees?

When I was a small lad there was a stately old tree in our backyard. My little sister and I practically lived in it — it was our lair, our fortress, our stairway to the sky. Decades later, I sometimes…
The point of planting trees is to create ecosystems; we need science to tell us which trees work. The point of planting trees is to create ecosystems; we need science to tell us which trees work. Cyron Ray Macey

There’s more to successful revegetation than ‘getting trees in the ground’

One of my most vivid and lasting memories as an ecologist dates back to 1997. I was in the office of the then Environment Minister. I was told by the Minister and his minders that “we already knew everything…
Orchestra of nature: artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has converted pieces of trees into music. Orchestra of nature: artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has converted pieces of trees into music. Eric C Bryan

Forest sonata: listening to the music of the trees

What is the music of trees? German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck spun slices of logs on turntables that translate their textures and annual rings into music. Traubeck calls the result Years, and I played…
What is coming out of these trees? What is coming out of these trees? BouncedPhoton/Flickr

Trees are changing the air you breathe, but not in the way you think

Plants have long been known as the lungs of the earth. They play a major role in the exchange of moisture, carbon dioxide and oxygen with the atmosphere. However, no link has ever been found between trees…
Sure, it looks nice, but this tree is also saving you money. Sure, it looks nice, but this tree is also saving you money. UncanonicalAaron/Flickr

For a great return on investment, try trees

Perhaps it is a pity that so many Australians think of our parks, gardens, streetscapes and urban landscapes only in terms of their aesthetics. While green spaces are beautiful and decorative, these attributes…

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Walnuts are super-sensitive to climate

Warmer, drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome—possibly…