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  • Mapping tree density at a global scale

    09/03/2015 10:33:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Nature.com ^ | 9-2-2015
    The global extent and distribution of forest trees is central to our understanding of the terrestrial biosphere. We provide the first spatially continuous map of forest tree density at a global scale. This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. Of these trees, approximately 1.39 trillion exist in tropical and subtropical forests, with 0.74 trillion in boreal regions and 0.61 trillion in temperate regions. Biome-level trends in tree density demonstrate the importance of climate and topography in controlling local tree densities at finer scales, as well...
  • 'Settled Science' chronicle: world has 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/03/2015 6:09:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/3/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It seems that scientists were a little off in calculating the number of trees on the planet. You remember trees: they turn CO2 into oxygen and water. In fact, if you buy a “carbon credit,” you are paying to plant trees to buy an indulgence for your private jet travel -- just like Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supposedly do. Well, all those calculations of doom over purported CO2-caused global warming may be a little more unsettled. The Wall Street Journal reports:
  • Scientists undercount trees by 2.6 trillion, but assure us animals going extinct

    09/03/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/03/2015 | NewsMachete
    Every so often you will see articles warning that some species is going extinct. And usually it's not really a species -- you never hear about "leopards" going extinct, usually it's "purple dotted left handed bisexual Nepalese leopards" or some subvariety.  We are assured they are going extinct because fewer have been seen recently. But the Earth is so big, how can we really be sure that some subspecies is going extinct just because we see fewer of them? After all, only three percent of the land mass of the Earth is urbanized. Animals could easily be hidden in...
  • World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report Says

    09/02/2015 11:23:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | Mark Armao
    There are just over three trillion trees in the world, a figure that dwarfs previous estimates, according to the most comprehensive census yet of global forestation. Using satellite imagery as well as ground-based measurements from around the world, a team led by researchers at Yale University created the first globally comprehensive map of tree density. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. A previous study that drew on satellite imagery estimated that the total number of trees was around 400 billion. The new estimate of 3.04 trillion is multiple times that number, bringing the ratio of trees...
  • Three trillion trees: Study finds there are 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/02/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 112 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Provided by: Yale University
    The global map of tree density at the square-kilometer pixel scale. Credit: Crowther, et al A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories, and supercomputer technologies, the international team of researchers was able to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level. Their results, published in the journal Nature, provide the most comprehensive...
  • 777-Year-Old Tree Is a Babe in Muir Woods (Tallest Tree AT Muir Woods Not 1500 Yrs Old, Study Shows)

    06/01/2015 7:22:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, June 1, 2015 | Peter Fimrite
    The tallest redwood tree in Muir Woods — a giant that was assumed to have sprouted up to 1,500 years ago in the Middle Ages — is a measly 777 years old, a puerile sprig in the hallowed halls of old growth, an analysis of tree-ring data has revealed. The study, by a Humboldt State University scientist, is the first definitive determination of the age of trees in Muir Woods. The findings by Allyson Carroll, a tree-ring specialist, mean that a 249-foot-tall coast redwood known by the lackluster name of Tree 76 sprouted seven centuries later than originally believed, at...
  • The Man Who Grew His Own Forest

    When Jadav Payeng was 16 years old, he confronted a problem quite unlike those most teenagers devote their attention to. He lived in remote northeast India on Majuli Island, the largest river island in the world. Abnormal monsoon flooding was bombarding the island’s eastern side. It was rapidly eroding the landmass and stripping all vegetation from the remaining land. Jadav looked at the wasteland where lush forest had once stood, and made up his mind to reverse the trend. So he planted a tree. That was in 1979, and Jadav has continued planting trees, spreading seeds and nurturing the forest...
  • Gardening by the Yard: Planting Woody Stem Plants

    04/07/2015 6:37:48 AM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 5 replies
    Its spring time in America - a time when the musky marxists residue of a long winters night is washed away by the cleansing flood of purer more forgiving capitalism. So as you begin searching for plants to purchase for your landscape, lets discuss: -New and exciting plants for the landscape -Ways to recover from freeze damage -Techniques for planting trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants -General lore, tall tales, and history of gardening
  • Research findings back up Aboriginal legend on origin of Central Australian palm trees

    04/06/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 03 April 2015 | ABC
    The scientific world is stunned by research which backs an Aboriginal legend about how palm trees got to Central Australia. Several years ago Tasmanian ecologist David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback and near Darwin. The results led him to conclude the seeds were carried to the Central Desert by humans up to 30,000 years ago. Professor Bowman read an Aboriginal legend recorded in 1894 by pioneering German anthropologist and missionary Carl Strehlow, which was only recently translated, describing the "gods from the north" bringing the seeds to Palm Valley. Professor Bowman said he was amazed....
  • Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar

    03/27/2015 4:22:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    My Fox NY.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | AP
    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey. Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park's reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Trees Really Are 'Pleasant to the Sight'

    11/18/2014 8:41:18 AM PST · by fishtank · 27 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 11-17-14 | Brian Thomas
    Trees Really Are 'Pleasant to the Sight' by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Genesis 2:9 records one of the Lord's original intentions for creating trees, saying, "Out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." A new study has quantified just how pleasant to the sight trees can be, inadvertently confirming the truthfulness of this ancient biblical passage. Professor William Sullivan and lecturer Bin Jiang of the...
  • Trees Won't Stop Tsunamis, Scientists Warn

    12/26/2008 2:01:26 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 13 replies · 436+ views
    Phys Org ^ | December 26th, 2008
    Claims that coastal tree barriers can halt the might of a tsunami are false and dangerous, a team of international marine scientists said today.
  • To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees (causes global warming)

    09/23/2014 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/19/14 | NADINE UNGER
    **SNIP** Of course, this is counterintuitive. We all learn in school how trees effortlessly perform the marvel of photosynthesis: They take up carbon dioxide from the air and make oxygen. This process provides us with life, food, water, shelter, fiber and soil. The earth’s forests generously mop up about a quarter of the world’s fossil-fuel carbon emissions every year. So it’s understandable that we’d expect trees to save us from rising temperatures, but climate science tells a different story. Besides the amount of greenhouse gases in the air, another important switch on the planetary thermostat is how much of the...
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    © 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Have you ever seen an Excavator Mulcher?

    07/02/2014 6:42:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    deniscimaf.com ^ | 7-2-2014 | DENIS CIMAF
    Advantages of forestry mulchingBy processing trees and other vegetation where they stand, mulching machines eliminate many of the steps involved in land clearing such as site prep, cutting/felling/hauling, and site cleanup. This also eliminates the need for multiple machines such as a bulldozer accompanied by some combination of excavators, tree shears, wood chippers or grinders, and hauling equipment. One simpler jobs only one mulching machine is required, reducing fuel requirements and emissions. Some mulching machines also have the ability to operate on steep slopes and in small or tight areas, in poor ground conditions, and in wet or snowy weather....
  • Firewise Landscaping

    06/06/2014 5:31:47 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected...
  • Rare Redwood Faces Chopping Block in Cotati (Albino Redwood)

    03/12/2014 3:08:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Standing inconspicuously beside a block wall across the street from a glass shop in Cotati is one of the rarest living life forms in the world, an albino chimera coast redwood tree. Researchers say fewer than 10 of the genetically mutated trees are known to exist. But if SMART's rail plans proceed, the tree — the largest of its kind — soon will be cut down so commuter trains can safely zoom past. “This tree is irreplaceable,” said Tom Stapleton, a former Sonoma County arborist who is now based in Amador County and studies the rare mutations. “They need to...
  • A Somerville Tree Saga: Redefining Private Property (Barf)

    01/21/2014 1:42:02 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 01/20/2014 | Patrick Smith
    Time out. This time around, I don't want to talk about airlines, airports or airplanes. I want to talk about trees. That's right, trees. Specifically, I want to talk about the decision made by a Somerville neighbor of mine to fell an old, beautiful, and perfectly healthy tree because it was "in the way" of his backyard improvement project -- in the process adversely affecting the quality of life for me and several of my neighbors. Is it crazy or un-American to suggest that, at a certain point, a tree is no longer one person's private property per se, and...
  • Us and Them (Rabbinical commentary about Tu B'Shvat)

    01/16/2014 9:22:26 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    Email | 16JAN2014 | Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz
    Insights and Inspiration from the Holy Land from Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz "Your friend in Karmiel" January 16th 2014 -Volume 4, Issue 15 -15th of Shevat 5774 Beshalach/Tu Bishvat Us and Them 'The Arabs are bad, Daddy, right?" my six year old Elka turns to me at one dinner recently and asks. "Uhhhh...no...Elka'la there are some bad Arabs, but there are also some good ones." Continuing to take a bite of my supper and hope that this conversation is over. But this is Elka, the conversation is just beginning. "But they are Goyim (gentiles), Daddy. Aren't Goyim bad? Aren't the Goyim,...
  • Alternative Christmas Trees~

    12/20/2013 6:16:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Extreme Antarctic Winds Shape Trees Into Beautiful Forms on Slope Point, New Zealand

    11/17/2013 9:27:48 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | November 14, 2013
    As wonderful and useful as our modern technologies are, there are still plenty of places in this world where Mother Nature rules supreme. One such place is Slope Point in New Zealand. Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. It lies 4800 km (2982 mi) from the South Pole and 5100 km (3168 mi) from the equator, so it’s regularly exposed to unimaginable weather conditions. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this...
  • When is the Correct Time to Burn Fallen Trees?

    11/11/2013 5:11:28 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 22 replies
    11/11/2013 | MosesKnows
    When is the Correct Time to Burn Fallen Trees? Has the forest benefitted from government interference with Mother Nature? When the government does not allow the forest to burn off naturally the result is uncontrollable fires in the future. I think they may be a correlation between all misguided government endeavors and the outcomes. The government interferes with the natural order of the economy and the economy remains broken. The government interferes with the world’s absolutely finest most advanced health care delivery system and chaos results. The government attempts to correct poverty results in more poverty. The government borrows money...
  • Free exotic tree tours are taking place at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (San Jose, CA)

    11/05/2013 6:43:51 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/4/13 | Mary Gottschalk
    The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is not only home to human and cat mummies, a replica of an underground tomb and a planetarium; it's also home to exotic trees. There's the Bunya pine with its cones weighing 10 to 15 pounds; the giant taro plant with its massive leaves and edible roots; the Australian flaxleaf paperbark tree that produces medicinal tea tree oil; and, of course, papyrus, which the ancient Egyptians used for creating writing paper, boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals and baskets. These are just a few of the dozens of trees and plants to see on Our City Forest's...
  • More settled science: Climate change/warming speeds up tree life cycles instead of causing migration

    09/12/2013 4:12:14 AM PDT · by Rocky · 9 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 12, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From Duke University and the “I was sure those tree rings were linear indicators” department, comes this news: Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles DURHAM, N.C. – Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to higher latitudes. Instead, they’re staying in place – but speeding up their life cycles. The Duke University-led study,...
  • The Three Trees [Catholic Caucus]

    07/23/2013 9:39:50 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 6 replies
  • Canadian Paratrooper Can't Avoid Trees, Is The Luckiest Man Alive [video only]

    07/18/2013 11:51:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 6-25-2013 | ThePegasus315
    Stick Commander footage of 3 PPCLI paratroopers being "Off-dropped" during Ex Maple Flag. Nothing says pucker factor than the fear of a pine tree up the tail! FYI, drills worked, amazingly only one minor injury. ------------- Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI, generally referred to as The Patricias) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Forces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAvPEzvrbX8
  • Tress Make Nosies, and Some of Those Sounds Are Cries For Help

    04/16/2013 3:57:53 PM PDT · by Dysart · 87 replies
    It’s easy to dismiss trees as inanimate features of the landscape, but these living, breathing organisms aren’t as stoic as they appear. Trees, it turns out, make all kinds of noises as they grow and respond to their environment. Happy, regularly growing trees sound different from drought stressed trees. Now, a team of researchers from Grenoble University in France is trying to pick out these cries for help amidst all the normal tree white noise in order to provide better, more targeted aid to trees suffering from drought, according to National Geographic. In the case of drought, trees undergoing stress...
  • New Jersey golfer dies after tree falls on him as he attempts to retrieve errant ball

    04/15/2013 10:01:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    AP ^ | April 15, 2013
    Police say a New Jersey golfer is dead after a tree fell on him while he tried to retrieve an errant ball from the backyard of a home adjacent to an exclusive country club. Alpine police identified the man as 60-year-old Sung Paik of Union City.
  • Sound Garden: Can Plants Actually Talk and Hear?

    03/12/2013 10:31:07 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 3-12-2013 | Becky Oskin
    The forest really does hum with life. Though often too low or too high for human ears to detect, insects and animals signal each other with vibrations. Even trees and plants fizz with the sound of tiny air bubbles bursting in their plumbing. And there is evidence that insects and plants "hear" each other's sounds. Bees buzz at just the right frequency to release pollen from tomatoes and other flowering plants. And bark beetles may pick up the air bubble pops inside a plant, a hint that trees are experiencing drought stress. Sound is so fundamental to life that some...
  • NM legislation to take federal lands

    02/02/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 01/31/2013 | Jim Kalvelage
    Legislation that would move the ownership and management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico to the state has been introduced at the Roundhouse. The Transfer of Public Lands Act is sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, D-Espanola... Herrell said New Mexico has a rich history of farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and oil drilling. "In our past we have also had a thriving timber industry that is unfortunately near nonexistent ... ... A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating...
  • Article: "Do People Live Longer among Trees?"

    01/28/2013 10:21:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 28, 2013. | Brian Thomas
    Do People Live Longer among Trees? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Could living near trees possibly affect human health? Increasingly, studies indicate that trees can improve human health. Evolution doesn't expect this, but biblically speaking, trees and people have close ties. New research included steps to demonstrate that living longer was not linked to living among trees, but instead linked to more sensible factors "like income, race, and education," according to the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service based in Portland.1 But the researchers found that cardiovascular health clearly declined in people from very different ethnic, income,...
  • All-You-Can-Eat Food Forests: Coming to a City Near You

    10/14/2012 9:00:22 AM PDT · by Donkey Odious · 103 replies
    TakePart.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Megan Bedard
    Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun. At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city's parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards. "Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a...
  • (400) Trees coming down so space shuttle can roll in LA (dozens of MLK trees saved)

    09/04/2012 11:01:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/4/12 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles is trading the trees for the stars -- and not everybody's happy about it.</p> <p>Crews on Tuesday are chopping down hundreds of pine, ficus and other trees along the streets where the space shuttle Endeavor will roll next month.</p>
  • The Secrets of Hissing Trees(Methane,Hissing Seem Inextricably Intertwined Perhaps Cosmic By Design)

    08/13/2012 1:16:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | Joanne Foster
    Three years ago, a researcher collecting tree core samples in Connecticut was startled to see one of the trees begin to hiss and spit. Even more surprising, he found that the leaking gas could be set on fire. It’s been known since around the 1970’s that a relatively rare bacterial infection in trees responsible for the damaging rot known as wet wood can cause trees to emit methane, a greenhouse gas with 20 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide. Trees in wetland soils can also act as straws, sipping methane from soggy, oxygen-poor soil. Yale School of Forestry and...
  • Urban Forestry

    06/27/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 11 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Urban Forestry. The term itself appears to be either a typo by the author, or an oxymoron. So just what is Urban Forestry...
  • Climategate Continues

    05/24/2012 3:21:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 24, 2012 | Andrew Montford & Harold Ambler
    Climategate, the 2009 exposure of misconduct at the University of East Anglia, was a terrible blow to the reputation of climatology, and indeed to that of British and American science. Although that story hasn’t been in the news in recent months, new evidence of similar scientific wrongdoing continues to emerge, with a new scandal hitting the climate blogosphere just a few days ago.And central to the newest story is one of the Climategate scientists: Keith Briffa, an expert in reconstructing historical temperature records from tree rings. More particularly, the recent scandal involves a tree-ring record Briffa prepared for a...
  • Mitt Romney Won't Stop Talking About Michigan Trees

    02/25/2012 6:17:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 100 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/12 | Brent Lang
    The Republican presidential aspirant was at it again on Friday, praising the greenery of his birth state in advance of next week's primary. "This feels good, being back in Michigan,” Romney said during a speech in Detroit. “The trees are the right height. The streets are just right.” The latest bout of rhapsodizing almost perfectly echoes Romney’s earlier comments about the size of the Great Lake state’s timber earlier this week.
  • This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US

    01/12/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by blam · 101 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-`12-2012 | Dina Spector
    This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US Dina Spector Jan. 12, 2012, 2:48 PM NASA's Earth Observatory just released a map illustrating where all the trees are in America. The map was created over six years by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey. The dark swaths of green represent parts of the country with the greatest concentration of biomass. You can see dense tree cover in the Pacific Northwest as well New England, which has been reforested after intensive...
  • Sisters survive deadly attack at Utah cabin

    12/15/2011 4:23:13 PM PST · by KyGeezer · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2011 | Gail Zimmerman and Stephen McCain
    OAKLEY, Utah -- When the Tiede family headed off to spend a snowy Christmas at their remote family cabin, they had no idea what the trip would bring. Two sisters who survive a harrowing home invasion share the terrifying story in their first extended television interview. Linae Tiede: My family owns a beautiful cabin in Oakley, Utah. The sound of the river, the horses that are down in the pasture, the birds -- it's absolutely heaven on earth to me. My mom had given it a name: "Tiede's Tranquility," because of the serenity and peace. Trish Tiede: The cabin was...
  • Sabbath 'Kiddush' where Arabs Uprooted Trees

    11/12/2011 3:33:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/11/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    More than 250 Gush Etzion residents marched to a field on the Sabbath, prayed end enjoyed a “Kiddush” in the same place where Arabs uprooted tree last week. A Kiddush over wine and cakes or cookies is traditionally held before the morning Sabbath meal. The nationalist Women in Green organization last week reported that the Arabs not only uprooted trees planted by Jews in the field at Netzer, located opposite the city of Efrat in Gush Etzion, but also appeared to have the full support of the United Nations. The international body’s workers were photographed at the field in a...
  • Giant sequoia falls, raising questions about what to do next

    10/29/2011 12:26:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 216 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 29, 2011 | Bettina Boxall
    The giant sequoia lies across the popular Trail of 100 Giants at Sequoia National Forest, Calif. No one was hurt when it fell. (Sequoia National Forest / September 30, 2011) Along the Sierra Nevada's famed Trail of 100 Giants, the mammoth sequoia had stood sentry since King Arthur's knights gathered at the Round Table. It witnessed the arrival of the first European settlers and the flurry of miners in search of gold. The onset of the Medieval Warm Period and the passing of the Little Ice Age. It stood, unperturbed, through the Great War and the one that followed. Then...
  • Dead trees as biomass energy might lift economy

    09/26/2011 1:59:56 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 60 replies
    Daily Sentinel ^ | 9/25/11 | Gary Harmon
    The dead wood of Colorado’s lodgepole pine forest should be harnessed as biomass energy before it becomes fuel for a conflagration, a former Aspen mayor said. One way to do that could be a biomass project in Eagle County, where a Provo, Utah, company is considering construction of a 10-megawatt plant. Dean Rostrom, principal of Evergreen Clean Energy LLC, will discuss plans for a plant at a regional biomass summit from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Carbondale town hall. The denuded lodgepole forest covering 4.2 million acres is becoming more dangerous, not less, as trees killed by the...
  • Photos: The Creepiest Trees on Earth

    06/30/2011 12:58:51 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 34 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/30/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    There are some things in nature and in the wider world that are disturbing. Humankind has definitely produced plenty of ideas and goods that have creeped out many. However, one element that is not usually thought of in this context is arboreal life. So now we're going to pick out some of the highlights (or if you prefer, the lowlights) from the world's creepiest trees. Not for the faint of heart or aboraphobes:
  • Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning

    05/28/2011 11:29:56 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 86 replies · 1+ views
    charlotteobserver ^ | May. 28, 2011 | Brittany Penland
    Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church. But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees. "We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member. The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000. "I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," Sales said. "We trim our trees back every three years all over our property,...
  • Do trees cause global warming? (rotting wood in rainforests biggest culprit)

    05/26/2011 9:04:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Do trees cause global warming?By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 5/25/11 8:33 PM EDT Looking for a solution to global warming? Maybe start clear-cutting many of the world's forests, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs oversight subcommittee made it clear during a Wednesday hearing that he doesn't believe in man-made global warming. But if it were true — and most of the world's scientists agree it is — Rohrabacher said he's hit on an answer by tackling the 80 to 90 percent of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions "generated by nature itself": Namely, yank down old trees and...
  • Hippies - Crying Over Dead Trees

    04/24/2011 1:39:43 PM PDT · by streetpreacher · 86 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 30, 2008 | Stupid Hippies
    Stupid Hippies crying over dead trees...
  • Ezra Celebrates Earth Day In His Own Way (Ezra Levant Nails It! Must See Video)

    04/22/2011 5:08:46 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 23 replies
    Sun Network News ^ | April 22, 2011 | Ezra Levant
    Ezra Levant, the King of Canadian conservatism, celebrates Earth Day...with a chain saw.Ezra Performs Tree Surgery
  • THE NEXT DISASTER shall come in a form of threes , Not a stone left unturned T

    03/26/2011 10:57:26 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 35 replies
    The next disaster will come in a form of threes , The first one shall affect the forest and the trees , The second the waters , their taste you shall find , Shall become as that of lime , The third a fire from heaven that can not be overcome , It shall destroy both buildings and nations in that all it touches shall be over run , No life in these places shall be found , For all that was shall be burnt to the ground , The foliage shall die as if from a disease , Every...
  • Arrrest Made in Deliberate Poisoining of Historic Auburn University Oak Trees

    02/17/2011 9:54:12 AM PST · by americanophile · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2011 | Garrett Tenney & AP
    DEVELOPING: Police say they have arrested a 62-year-old Alabama man for allegedly poisoning trees at a historic site on Auburn University's campus, where fans have long celebrated big wins and hundreds gathered after the Tigers won the football national championship on Jan. 10. The Auburn Police Division said Thursday that Harvey A. Updyke, of Dadeville, Ala., was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief. Police allege Updyke deliberately poisoned oak trees at Toomer's Corner with a commonly used herbicide, applied in "lethal amounts" to the soil around the two trees. The 130-year-old trees likely cannot be saved, officials said.
  • Oak trees at Auburn's historic Toomer's Corner poisoned

    02/17/2011 7:18:45 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 90 replies
    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University says someone deliberately poisoned trees at Toomer's Corner, where fans have long celebrated big wins and hundreds gathered after the Tigers won the football national championship on Jan. 10. The university said in a statement Wednesday that a herbicide commonly used to kill trees was applied "in lethal amounts" to the soil around the two trees, and that they likely can't be saved. Auburn discovered the poisoning after taking soil samples on Jan. 28, a day after a man called a syndicated radio show based in Birmingham saying he had used the herbicide on...