Trees do have feelings – and they talk too!

Ever wondered about the language of trees? They have one.

If you haven’t spent much time walking or hiking through a forest, you may not grasp the amazing link trees have with each other. Scientists now know that they communicate with each other and support each other through difficult times.

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How composting can make a difference in the face of climate change

Compost, photo courtesy of Recology

Photo courtesy of Recology

The world’s soil has lost up to 80 percent of its carbon – runaway fossil fuel use, rampant deforestation and modern industrial agricultural practices that depend on widespread pesticide use are responsible for that.

That carbon, now CO2 in our atmosphere, is growing at an alarming rate. Governments are beginning to recognize that climate change due to increased greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is a reality.

To learn what Recology, a San Francisco Bay area composting facility, is doing about this and the international attention its innovative methods have attracted, click here to read the full article.

Ancient forests of Ireland helped by planting cloned saplings

Ireland - green hillsThoughts of Ireland bring to mind green lush hills, fairies and leprechauns, sunshine and blue seas. But throughout this magical country there are few trees or forests.

The ancient wild forests that stood for 9,000 years were cleared long ago. Since the Norman invasions, Ireland’s wild forests cover only 0.02 percent of the country. But remnants of these legendary forests exist and, with help from some innovative Americans, they could be flourishing again in years to come.

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Disappearing Glaciers – their impact effects us all

Melting World bookMost Americans have never visited Glacier National Park, which straddles northern Montana and southern Canada. Yet these beautiful ice-rock formations provide more than sixty five percent of the world’s fresh water – for drinking, irrigation, and for hydroelectric power.

The glaciers at Glacier National Park are disappearing faster than anywhere else in the world, says Christopher White, author of the new book “THE MELTING WORLD: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers.

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Mapped rising sea levels caused by the impact of climate change

Cities and Ses Level Rise map

It’s one thing to read about the threat of rising sea levels to our coastal areas. It’s definitely another to see the graphic projections of what this means.

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Conservation group planting cloned ancient trees today

Archangel-Ancient-Tree-Archive 1Forests used to cover a large majority of land across the globe hundreds of years ago. Today forests cover just 31 percent of the world’s land surface. Deforestation due to logging, for agriculture and pastures as well as harvesting wood for fuel and industrial use have taken a heavy toll, wiping out critical wildlife habitat and releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere.

David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, has been striving to help save some of our most ancient treasures – some of the oldest trees still in existence in the world. For the past two decades, Milarch and his two sons have raced against time, snipping branches and seedlings from the world’s biggest and most durable trees and have created clones of them in hopes of restoring ancient forests and helping to fight climate change.

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etnies shoes help plant trees to restore rainforests

Brett Simpson high in a tree in the Costa Rican rainforest in support of etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program

Brett Simpson in the Costa Rican rainforest in support of etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program, photo courtesy of etnies

According to leading scientists, at the current rate of deforestation, the world’s rainforests could vanish in a hundred years. The impact from this would be devastating to the planet.

According to Jim Robbins, author of “The Man Who Planted Trees”, a one-hundred year flood becomes a one-in-five year event when deforested land cover is one-quarter of the total, and floods last longer when forests are lost. Because forests naturally sequester large amount of carbon, with deforestation this would be released into the atmosphere. When forests are destroyed, countless species lose critical habitat.

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