Indigenous Maori and western scientists work through past injustices to save a threatened species

Threatened by a foreign pathogen, iconic kauri trees find allies in cross-cultural collaboration.

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Helping the environment, one small sensor at a time

New York City nonprofits are using a cloud-based service from the start-up Temboo that helps monitor storm-water runoff and other environmental factors.

Ad Crable: State pollution goal aims to put the 'sylvan' back in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, under criticism by fellow Chesapeake Bay drainage states for being far behind in meeting pollution reduction goals, has turned to trees in a big way to make up ground.


Human activity devastated the American chestnut. Can we bring it back?

The tree helped build industrial America before an estimated three billion or more were destroyed. To repair the damage, we may need to embrace tinkering with nature.

40,000 trees being planted to help West Michigan forests through climate change

The $375,000 project aims to keep existing forests healthy and to plant new and resilient forests.

How a trillion more trees could combat climate change

One of the low-tech ways of fighting climate change is to plant more trees. Today, I discuss that idea in detail with an expert from the University of Washington.

More signs of the pressure on our environment

A new study suggests that mature forests are limited in their ability to absorb "extra" carbon as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase, which has implications for climate change modeling.


Superfund, meet super plants

Can the plant microbiome help clean up contaminated land?
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Which trees should planners plant in cities to fight pollution?

Placing trees between roads and pedestrians can make life way healthier, but some trees perform their task better than others.

Longing for the great outdoors? Think smaller

Access to parks, nature, and wildlife is critical for physical and emotional well-being. Now some city dwellers sheltered at home must find it in new ways.  

How dead trees help forests tolerate drought

Some forests, particularly in more arid regions, have become more drought tolerant, primarily thanks to the death of less hardy trees.

Why a walk in a forest is the perfect antidote to anxiety

Not only do trees offer the potential of salvation from the ravages of climate change, but they are also a font of mindfulness and well-being, resources that surround all of us, and that we need now – more than ever – during these times of anxiety and isolation.


The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming

It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees - a lot of trees - all over the world, and watch the planet's temperature fall.


'UK's first tiny forest' helps urban environment

A "tiny forest" - said to be the first of its kind in the UK - is being planted in Oxfordshire in a bid to tackle urban wildlife loss.

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Reevaluating fish consumption advisories during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis

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‘Them plants are killing us’: Inside a cross-border battle against cancer and pollution

Two communities — one in Canada, one in the U.S. — share both a border along the St. Marys River and a toxic legacy that has contributed to high rates of cancer. Now the towns are banding together to fight a ferrochrome plant.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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