Modified wood product aims to save hardwood forests from the axe

 

Australia's famed hardwood tree - the Eucalyptus obliqua - could be spared in favor of 3Wood

Australia’s famed hardwood tree – the Eucalyptus obliqua – could be spared in favor of 3Wood

Waste is a terrible thing, particularly when it comes to the use of hardwood trees. The World Wildlife Fund says that about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s a huge amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from deforestation.

David Lewis, Australia’s Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) Director and co-developer,  says “if you take a big tree, only a small percentage of that becomes hardwood; the rest is chipped and burned.”

But there’s hope on the horizon.

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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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Sale of primeval forests puts Central American Cloud Forest in jeapordy

Cloud forest 3Out-of-control pests and unsustainable logging practices.are killing our world’s forests. The latest victim-in-progress are Guatemala’s Cloud Forests of Cerro El Amay. Home to thousands of acres of untouched primeval trees and thriving diverse ecosystems, the local Maya have begun selling off the ancient forests which they had held in commons.

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2,000 year old Florida cypress tree to be cloned

Lady Liberty 2000 yr old Florida Cypress treeThe world has lost over 90 percent of its forests. We’re feeling the impact of this with increasing weather “events”.

One non-profit organization has been stepping up to help turn the tide by cloning and preserving some of our oldest and largest champion trees. And the latest example is Lady Liberty, a 2,000 year old bald cypress tree in Florida.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, an organization we’ve written much about over the past few years, has plans to scale this magnificent 89 foot tall tree sometime today and collect samples and genetic material so that they can clone and preserve it as part of their genetic living library of trees. Continue reading

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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Celebrate International Day of Forests today

International Day of the Forest poster

A view of the Amazon rainforest, photo by Violeta Villacorta

What better way to celebrate the magnificence of trees! They help protect the earth, clean its air and give homes to so many of Nature’s creatures.  International Day of Forests, a global celebration designated by  the United Nations General Assembly, is meant to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.

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Sustainable Singapore balances building and Nature

Singapore's Forest Walk is part of their continuing success to green the island-nation

With a population of over 4.4 million, Singapore is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Known at various times throughout its history as The Little Red Dot, the Lion City, and the City in the Garden, this tropical island city-state covers less than 300 square miles, over ten percent of which is land reclaimed from the sea.

Juxtaposed to this crowded urban area is also over 2,000 plant varieties, 57 types of mammals, 98 types of reptiles, and 25 varieties of amphibians. Hundreds of bird and butterfly species migrate there each year and one-third of the world’s hard coral reefs are found in its surrounding waters. The natural diversity that is Singapore includes rainforests, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, and coastal forests.

To discover the amazing success of Singapore’s green efforts, see the full article at http://bit.ly/A18uHL.