That dried-out Christmas tree is a fire hazard

Christmas tree disposal can prevent fire hazards and potentially benefit the environment. Here are some expert tips.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tiny treetop flowers foster incredible beetle biodiversity

In the Amazon, beetles and flowering trees have developed a tight bond. Hundreds of beetle species thrive off of and pollinate blossoms, helping to maintain some of the highest biodiversity on Earth.

Caroline S. Chaboo, Adjunct Professor in Insect Systematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Climate change could make trees lose leaves early

While some scientists have predicted that trees will lose their leaves later as climate change continues, new research finds the opposite.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

How green is your Christmas tree?

It depends on where and how it's grown, and how it is disposed of or recycled.

Ian D. Rotherham, Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Climate change is making autumn leaves change colour earlier – here's why

Warmer temperatures cannot increase the amount of carbon deciduous trees absorb in each growing season, a new study suggests.

Philip James, Professor of Ecology, University of Salford • conversation
Nov. 26, 2020 ~6 min

Is that mulch really cypress? Maybe some of it

People buy cypress mulch for rot resistance and other qualities, but new research finds that the label on the bag may be a lie.

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~6 min

New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

AI counts 1.8 billion trees in Sahara Desert

There are more trees in the West African Sahara Desert that you might think, according to a study that used artificial intelligence and satellite imagery.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Gardens help towns and cities beat countryside for tree cover

A survey of tree cover in England and Wales throws up a few surprises.

Oct. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Multiple droughts can be a mixed bag for forests

When multiple droughts build on each other, they affect forests differently than one drought alone. Researchers are beginning to understand how and why.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min