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  • Scientists Propose Plan to Suck CO2 Greenhouse Gas From Air, Turn Into Fuel

    06/08/2018 1:22:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 8, 2018 | By Dana Dovey
    Scientists announced they are on the cusp of perfecting technology that would pull CO2 from the air and convert it into a fuel source. The tool could help humans reverse some of the effects of global warming and perhaps give our planet a second chance. In a study published Thursday in Joule, scientists at the Canadian company Carbon Engineering explained their CO2 extraction plans. The machine works by sucking air into cooling towers, the. Once inside the towers, the CO2 comes into contact with a liquid that captures the gas. Once captured, the CO2 would then be used as the...
  • Women Are Marrying Trees to Help Save Them

    03/01/2018 1:24:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Alexandra Deabler
    A group of female activists in Oaxaca, Mexico, held a mass marriage ceremony where they each wed their own splintery groom to draw attention to illegal logging – a serious and devastating problem in the country. Around a third of Mexico’s land is covered by forest. Oaxaca is one of five states hit hardest by deforestation, mostly caused by criminal groups, Metro reports. The women are trying to take a stand against the practice and are hoping the mass marriage will get people more involved with saving the woodlands.|
  • Botanist Likely Finds First New Species of Cherry Tree in a Century

    02/19/2018 12:23:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | February 19, 2018 | HIKARI MOKUTA
    The Kumano-zakura, photographed in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, in March 2017 (Provided by the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute) Photo/Illustraion WAKAYAMA--A botanist says he has identified a new species of cherry tree in the Kii Peninsula, which, if verified, will be the first to be discovered in the wild in Japan in about a century. The early-blooming “Kumano-zakura” (Kumano cherry) is thought to be distributed in Wakayama, Nara and Mie prefectures over an area measuring 90 kilometers from north to south and 60 km from east to west. Toshio Katsuki, 50, who heads the cherry tree preservation team at the...
  • These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

    01/24/2018 8:42:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | January 22, 2018 | By Josh Landis and Owen Agnew
    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 report from the World Resources Institute and the Nature Conservancy says governments around the world have committed to reviving nearly 400 million acres of wilderness — an area larger than South Africa. As countries push to regrow forests, startups are dreaming up...
  • 'Racist' trees separating a black neighborhood from a golf course will come down

    12/19/2017 10:48:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 123 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | December 18, 2017 | Corinne S Kennedy
    Palm Springs [California] will remove a row of trees blocking a historically African-American neighborhood from a city-owned golf course. [Snip] Many longtime residents of the neighborhood previously told the (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun they believed the trees were planted for racist reasons in the 1960s, and remained a lasting remnant of the history of segregation in the city. Residents said the invasive tamarisks, which block views of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course and San Jacinto mountains, have artificially depressed property values and prevented black families from accumulating wealth in their property over the past half century.
  • Plant trees to protect against terror attacks, says Italian architect

    08/21/2017 8:15:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 21 August 2017 17:27 CEST+02:00
    Renowned Italian architect Stefano Boeri has argued that public spaces should be redesigned to include natural barriers such as giant plants to protect pedestrians from possible terror attacks. Boeri is the brain behind the sustainable residential building project Vertical Forests, the first of which was built in Milan, hosting thousands of trees and plants on a tower block. He has championed the idea of incorporating greenery into urban planning to tackle problems caused by urbanization, including air pollution, and a larger green “city” will be built near the Chinese city of Liuzhou in the next few years. Now Boeri has...
  • Hippies - Crying Over Dead Trees

    07/16/2017 4:29:07 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 21 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 10/20/08 | Ferrarifanlellewtc
    Hippies - Crying Over Dead Trees
  • Another US appeals court keeps Trump’s travel ban blocked

    06/12/2017 10:39:39 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 49 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | June 12, 2017 1:15 pm | AP
    SEATTLE (AP) — Another federal appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. The ruling Monday from a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deals the administration another legal defeat as the Supreme Court considers a separate case on the issue. The judges say the president violated U.S. immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality and that Trump failed to show their entry into the country would hurt American interests.
  • Trees have sex, feel pain, says German forester

    06/02/2017 12:52:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.02.2017 | Elizabeth Schumacher
    Peter Wohlleben’s bestselling book claims that trees can talk to one another and have relationships and social structures. A petition started by German academics is now circulating to denounce these “fairy tales.” “Trees are very social beings,” says German forester Peter Wohlleben; “the parents, the ‘mother trees’, look after their offspring…they like to stand close together and cuddle.” They also talk to each other, have sex, form friendships and feel physical pain, he told the Canadian documentary series “Intelligent Trees.” Wohlleben’s bestselling book “The Hidden Life of Trees,” caused a stir at Britain’s Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts...
  • Chainsaw-wielding vandals cut down trees at Trump-run golf course

    05/11/2017 1:33:56 PM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 11, 2017
    President Donald Trump ran up a steep security tab in New York City before taking office in January.   Now, a Bronx golf course operated by the Trump Organization might be in need of a little more protection. Two men with a chainsaw jumped over an 8-foot-high fence along the 15th hole of Trump Links at Ferry Point in New York and started toppling trees on Tuesday morning, CBS New York reported.
  • The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast

    05/07/2017 7:28:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 76 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 18, 2017 | Louis Sahagun
    The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.“We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,” says Greg McPherson, a supervisory research forester with the U.S. Forest Service who has been studying what he and others call an unprecedented die-off of the trees greening Southern California’s parks, campuses and yards. Botanists in recent years have documented insect and disease infestations as they’ve hop-scotched about the...
  • Pakistani man eats leaves for 25 years, never falls ill

    04/22/2017 10:08:44 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 46 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | PTI
    "Eating wood and leaves has become my habit now," Butt was quoted as saying. Lahore - A man in Pakistan's Punjab province has been surviving on fresh leaves and wood for the last 25 years and has never fallen ill. Mehmood Butt, 50, who hails from Gujranwala district in Punjab province, started eating on leaves at the age of 25 as he had no work and could not afford a basic meal. "There was too much poverty in my family. Everything was beyond limit and it was very difficult for me to get a meal, so I thought it is...
  • Thousands of fruit trees destroyed for ‘security reasons’ in Turkey’s Kurdish region

    03/27/2017 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    KOM News ^ | 27 March 2017 | none stated
    Trees destroyed in Turkey's Kurdish province Sirnak, 27 March 2017, (Photo: Evrensel) Thousands of fruit trees have been destroyed for the “security of the villagers” by local village guards allegedly acting with orders from the local Gendarme Commander in Sirnak province, Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish region, reported the daily Evrensel on Monday.The trees were cut within the last month in the Besta region of Uludere district, located near the border with Iraq.The trees are being cut daily in the early hours of the morning by village guards (state paramilitary force) accompanied by soldiers who stand back and do not participate in the...
  • ‘Insane’: Anger in Mobile, Ala., as city robs park of beloved old cedar for Trump rally backdrop

    12/21/2016 3:26:30 PM PST · by madprof98 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/16 | Samantha Schmidt
    On the day leading up to the final rally of Donald Trump’s “thank you” tour, city officials in Mobile, Ala., raved about its plans for a festive, Christmas welcome for the president-elect. The mayor’s chief of staff tweeted that the city “did the impossible,” erecting and decorating a 50-foot Christmas tree as a backdrop for Trump’s speech. But some Mobile residents soon speculated that the majestic cedar tree was one they had seen before, AL.com reported. Just over a mile away from the stadium where Trump would speak, in a public park, a massive cedar tree was gone. As skeptical...
  • Christmas trees are now going for $1K in NYC

    12/05/2016 7:53:26 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    Yuletide capitalism is running rampant this year — with the cost of a Christmas tree topping $1,000 in one Manhattan neighborhood. Longtime Greenwich Village tree seller Heather Neville said Sunday that her tallest — and priciest — offering will command an astonishing $77 per foot from any buyer who can’t haul it home. “This 13-foot tree — a beautiful fir — is $750, and with delivery, installation with a stand and tip would be $1,000,” said Neville, who bills herself as the NYC Tree Lady. Neville, 40, broke down the add-ons as $200 for the stand, $25 for delivery and...
  • Beaver walks into Md. store, finds only artificial Christmas trees, and proceeds to trash it

    12/01/2016 6:27:33 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1 Dec 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Cpl. Yingling had a unique call for service when the suspect, pictured, was witnessed causing prop. Destruction at a store in Char. Hall. The “suspect attempted to flee the area,” as the sheriff’s office put it in a statement, but it was apprehended by animal control and released to an animal rehabilitator — hopefully not just to be released into the wild, but to be taught basic shopping etiquette.
  • Do trees have brains and talk to each other? They are intelligent, express emotions and make friends

    09/16/2016 9:38:24 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 119 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | P Wohllenbeen
    There's increasing evidence to show that trees are able to communicate with each other. More than that, trees can learn. The main reason humans cannot perceive how clever and complex they are is because we exist in such short time scales by comparison. There's a tree in Sweden for instance, a spruce, that is more than 9,500 years old. That's 115 times longer than the average human lifespan.
  • Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

    05/31/2016 8:51:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 18 May 2016 | Arthur Neslen
    Europe’s last primeval forest is facing what campaigners call its last stand as loggers prepare to start clear-cutting trees, following the dismissal of dozens of scientists and conservation experts opposed to the plan. Poland’s new far right government says logging is needed because more than 10% of spruce trees in the Unesco world heritage site of Białowieża are suffering from a bark beetle outbreak. But nearly half the logging will be of other species, according to its only published inventory. Oak trees as high as 150 feet that have grown for 450 years could be reduced to stumps under the...
  • Trees seen resting branches while ‘asleep’ for the first time.

    05/19/2016 9:31:20 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 37 replies
    New Scientist ^ | May 18, 2016 | Andy Coghlan, Daily News
    They don’t snore, but might creak during their slumbers. For the first time, trees have been shown to undergo physical changes at night that can be likened to sleep, or at least to day-night cycles that have been observed experimentally in smaller plants. Branches of birch trees have now been seen drooping by as much as 10 centimetres at the tips towards the end of the night. “It was a very clear effect, and applied to the whole tree,” says András Zlinszky of the Centre for Ecological Research in Tihany, Hungary. “No one has observed this effect before at the...
  • 'Urban Forest' Coming to Illinois Tollway

    05/13/2016 8:06:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Downers Grove Patch ^ | April 25, 2016 | Morgan Searles and Illinois Tollway
    Submitted by the Illinois Tollway. Downers Grove, IL - The Illinois Tollway is partnering with the Morton Arboretum to enhance aesthetics and expand tree canopy coverage along the tollway system as part of its efforts to increase environmental benefits and sustainability. In recognition of the new effort, the Tollway will celebrate Arbor Day on April 29 by giving away 15,000 tree seedlings to customers at the Tollway’s Downers Grove headquarters and at tollway oases. In partnership with the Morton Arboretum, the Illinois Tollway develop a systemwide landscape master plan for trees, shrubs and other native plantings on Tollway property. The...