Scientists are increasingly worried for the Earth's forests as climate change stresses out plants with warming temperatures, affecting their growth and development. But new research may offer hope, as trees apparently cope by using less water with more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the air.
Eat your heart out Johnny Appleseed. That's practically what Lorena Tapia, Ecuador's minister of environment, said on Wednesday when she announced that the country plans to plant 350,000 trees simultaneously.
It's no secret that despite abundant supplies in developed worlds, a worrying number of people are still starving in the modern age. This problem may only grow worse as net populations rise and agricultural production sinks. Now, new research has shown that even deforestation could make things worse, as forests have proven themselves to be more important to global food security than previously thought.
It is well known that tropical deforestation is just as costly as carbon pollution when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. But while research has mostly focused on forests that have been completely mowed down, scientists are now saying that partially logged forests play just as crucial a role, and may emit more carbon than previously thought.
It turns out that California wildfires release more greenhouse gases than previously thought, according to new research.
Scientists have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster which, in the face of climate change, could help increase the supply of renewable resources, according to new research.
Deforestation is driving changes in the climate that threaten to impact global food production, according to a new study.
With a little bit of luck, China has helped to reverse global forest loss despite ongoing large-scale deforestation in the tropics, according to recent research.
According to new research, drought damage will likely cause widespread forest death by the 2050s as a result of climate change.
It's no secret that human activity is transforming our world. For example, increasing development for agriculture or new communities is shrinking forest habitats, and new research shows that this is having a significant impact on global ecosystems.
If you've ever taken an evening hike, you may have seen them: mushrooms that are a little brighter than they should be in the failing light. Thousands of years ago, Greek philosophers called this "cold fire" as the light emanated from decaying wood, but today's scientists know better. It's bioluminescence, and researchers are revealing how and why exactly some mushrooms have it.
New fossil evidence suggests that humans adapted to living in tropical rainforests thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to a recent study.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working hard to help scientists better understand and manage the Earth's plant life. On Tuesday, the agency moved to introduce the world to FLEX, a novel approach that could help experts assess the health of vegetation across the globe by measuring their photosynthetic activity from space.
In the face of climate change tropical forests are rapidly declining, but soon they may be getting some help from space, according to new research.
You've likely heard all about how climate change is impacting our forests, changing how fast they grow, and which species grow fastest. Now, new research has revealed that a warming clime is even impacting forests in California, where a statewide change in tree species and density has been occurring for nearly a century. Still, there is also reason to remain skeptical.