Planting trees is a popular way to do something for nature, but putting seedlings in the ground is just the first step. And without long-term care, those sprouts may not last.
A new study finds more deciduous trees like aspen are growing in after severe fires in the region, and that has some unexpected impacts.
Scientists are learning trees can emit methane, which could be a big problem for global warming. But a world-first discovery of methane-eating bacteria in paperbark can help moderate this.
A stable ecosystem of organic matter is the key to improving agricultural yields in the surrounding farmland and fighting climate change.
As sea levels rise along the Atlantic coast, saltwater is intruding inland, killing trees and turning coastal forests into marshes. Should scientists try to slow the process, or work with it?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has made two big decisions related to the conservation of the African elephant.
Permanently protecting large, mature forests is a faster and cheaper way to stabilize Earth's climate than complex carbon capture and storage schemes, and more effective than planting new trees.
Trees may be more resilient to future dry spells than scientists first thought.
Large areas targeted for forest restoration in Africa are covered by savanna and grassland, which provide important ecosystem services that would be lost should they be converted to forests.
Protecting forests means protecting a rich biodiversity of plants, animals and the livelihoods of many people.
Removing trees killed by fires can have long-term consequences for wildlife.
Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.
A fire scientist offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.
Restoring western forests – thinning out small trees and dead wood – is an important strategy for reducing the risk of massive wildfires. But these projects aren't fast, easy or cheap.
Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.
Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.
We counted the number of standard trees in Australia. It turns out that since 1990, we've actually been gaining trees faster than losing them.
Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.
As in humans, environmental changes provoked chimpanzees to develop a diverse range of behaviours.
We analysed 210,000 tree ring records from 80 different species, and found the trade off between growth and lifespan may neutralise the forest carbon sink.