Common trees absorb less carbon as temps rise

"More warming for trees could mean more stress, more tree death, and less capacity to slow global warming..."

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change trees forests temperature earth-and-environment north-america

Sunny spots for rattlesnakes also attract predators

Removing tree canopy to create breeding areas for timber rattlesnakes also brings in predators like hawks and bobcats, research finds.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation trees snakes earth-and-environment predators rattlesnakes

Swaying trees could power new forest fire alarm

"The self-powered sensing system could continuously monitor the fire and environmental conditions without requiring maintenance after deployment."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity trees fires forests sensors earth-and-environment

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

Forest ‘parks’ could offer green protection against tsunamis

With the right design, tsunami mitigation parks can help protect against tsunamis without affecting access to coasts, all in a green way.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: trees natural-disasters tsunamis science-and-technology

Pollen shows which plants bees in the city need most

Honey bees that live in cities depend on a varied diet of trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, depending on the season, a new study shows.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities trees pollination honey-bees earth-and-environment flowers

More mangrove trees could prevent hurricane damage

Mangrove trees, which grow in coastal waters and have dense and stable root structures, may be one useful tool for staving off damage from hurricanes.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation trees hurricanes weather earth-and-environment roots

Model warns of genetic modification gone awry in trees

A new model could help prevent unintended consequences when researchers use genetic modification on trees for things like biofuel.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: trees genomes genetic-engineering wood science-and-technology

Old trees play big role in rainforest carbon storage

“People have been arguing about whether these long-lived pioneers contribute much to carbon storage... We were surprised to find that they do."

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: carbon trees forests rainforests earth-and-environment

Tree ring ‘time capsules’ are a clue to Thera volcano mystery

Though it's been hotly debated for decades, tree rings may pin down the year the Thera volcano erupted over the Minoan civilization.

U. Arizona • futurity
April 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: tree-rings trees volcanoes science-and-technology ancient-history

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