It's no secret that wild elephant populations are approaching dangerously low numbers. Overhunting, poaching, and shrinking habitats are keeping elephants down. Now, new research shows that if elephants go down, they're taking the trees with them.
Even as winter closes in, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) continues to be a threatening nuisance to states across the East Coast, destroying ash trees and jacking up the price of firewood just before we need it. Now it has spread to new states and Canada, sparking renewed efforts to keep it contained.
The walnut twig beetle was once nothing but a nuisance for black walnut trees across the western United States. Now, however, it appears that the beetle has gained a partner in crime - a mutated fungus that infects anywhere the beetles go. This has allowed the once-pests to "go rogue," now inflicting near-irreversible and sometimes fatal damage to these trees and trees like them.
Quick! Can you remember how many maple seeds were helicoptering over your head this past spring? Was it more than the year before? Knowing this might be helpful in predicting if and when pancake-lovers everywhere could face a disastrous shortage of real maple syrup.
A great number of coral populations across the globe have been steadily declining due to the adverse effects of climate change. The NOAA even recently recognized 20 different types of coral as threatened species due to notable decline. However, some coral have found themselves an ally. Mangroves appear to be harboring a great number of coral species, protecting them from things like ocean acidification and elevated temperatures.
To some species of bats, trees and turbines are one in the same, resulting at times in a gruesome fate, according to a new study.
Trees are currently threatening growing grasslands, turning tallgrass prairies into shrublands and forests, and a pair of researchers is concerned that if nothing is done to stop or slow down this process, an important part of the ecosystem may soon be lost.
Every year dozens upon dozens of people flock to places like the East Coast countryside to gape at the incredibly vibrant and beautiful color change of foliage that happens each autumn. However, experts are now saying that the leaves will be changing color later and later into the season, with the average leaf-turning process taking a little longer.
New research has confirmed that trees can be identified by certain types of bacteria found on their leaves, kind of like their own genetic fingerprint, so to speak.
Climate change is accelerating the assault on Western US forests, bringing threats like drought, insect infestations and wildfires, and if left unchecked large swaths of lush greenery could be "fundamentally altered," scientists warned in a new report released Wednesday.
New research indicates that scale insects may be able to flourish, even among global climate change, and their increased presence threatens to weaken and kill trees.
What makes a tree tall? Or rather, what stops a tree from growing? These are questions that have kept researchers scratching their heads for centuries. Now, a team of scientists claim they have it pretty much figured out.
The tech world is buzzing about a new breakthrough in nature imitation, synthetic leaves. Julian Melchiorri has crafted an artificial leaf made of silk that can allegedly produce oxygen if exposed to light and water. He claims that a technology such as this could revolutionize a number of industries and help make the world a little greener.
Trees are nature's answer to diminishing air pollution, as well as reducing respiratory problems for the human population, according to US Forest Service scientists and collaborators behind a new study.
No, trees won't be thrusting out their collective branches to gently catch the next unlucky skydiver with a defective parachute, but they have been cleaning our air. The US Forest Service has just released a report that says that the worlds trees are saving an estimated 850 human lives a year by preventing acute respiratory symptoms.