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Graffiti Meets Oil Painting in Stunningly Realistic Murals

Artist Ant Carver floods the streets with a new technique.<p>Combining graffiti techniques with detailed oil painting, London-based street artist Ant Carver creates expressive, gestural murals using a rainbow palette of spray paints. An exploration into alternative approaches to street art, Carver's …

Art

How walking in the woods benefits your health

<b>Walking among trees makes us more relaxed, nicer people.</b><p>It should come as no surprise that walking among trees has health benefits. <i>Shinrin-yoku</i> or …

Forests

Fall Foliage in New York | Autumn Leaves, Scenic Drives

<i>This is the ninth and final 2017 Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected</i> …

UM students calculate benefits of trees on campus

For the next week, trees across the University of Montana campus will be wearing price tags showing off the value they provide to the school.<p>Josh …

California's drought is proving deadly to the state's trees

California’s drought has drained lakes, caused land to subside and forced the state to enact draconian water rules.<p>Now, a new study find the years of little or no rain is taking a heavy toll on the state’s forests.<p>The researchers at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science concluded …

Forests

From Tree to Shining Tree

A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and …

Fungi

Infographic | Why should we plant trees in cities?

For the first time, just over half the world's population live in cities with an expected increase to 70% by 2050. Planting urban trees can help …

Agriculture

The Race to Save the World’s Biggest Trees

Extreme climbers and climate scientists work hundreds of feet in the air to study the effect of drought on sequoias.<p>For nearly two decades, Anthony …

‘Unprecedented’: More than 100 million trees dead in California

California’s lingering drought has pushed the number of dead trees across the state past 100 million, an ecological event experts are calling dangerous and unprecedented in underlining the heightened risk of wildfires fueled by bone-dry forests.<p>In its latest aerial survey released Friday, the U.S. …

Forests

Nature Matters - The importance of a healthy natural environment

We depend entirely on a healthy natural environment for our wealth and wellbeing. It is fundamental to our economy and social structures, our homes …

How Nature Benefits Your Mental Health

Recently, scientists have been working out whether grass and trees could be used to treat depression and anxiety.<p>Have you ever come home from a day in the countryside and felt... better? Mood altered, anxiety soothed, mind hushed? It seems obvious that getting out of the clanging grind of the city …

Mental Health

Concrete jungle? We'll have to do more than plant trees to bring wildlife back to our cities

The federal environment and acting cities minister, Greg Hunt, on Tuesday pledged to increase the number of trees in Australian cities. In a bid to …

The 102 million dead trees in California's forests are turning tree cutters into millionaires

A low gargle echoes against granite cliffs and resounds in the wooded canyons.<p>Each pull of a starter handle and squeeze of a throttle is punctuated by the crack of splintering wood as another dead tree falls in a forest that's changing all too rapidly.<p>NilesKant stands at the base of a red fir. Its …

What Knowledge Of How Trees Communicate Means For Forest Conservation

<i>Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Bruce Kirby)</i><p>Japanese people are generally familiar with <i>shinrin-yoku</i> or <i>forest bathing</i> -- the practice of being …

A Modern-Day Cubist Examines Warped Beauty in His Murals

Muralist deconstructs the human visage with street-wise surrealism.<p>A graffiti artist decorates the surfaces of walls with surreal portraits of human faces, broken down and emphasized in abstract shapes. Each surreal piece blends sharp lines against lively, expressive eyes staring from creamy …

Art

How Personality Traits Tip Over Into Mental Illness

Psychologists are aware that personality can factor into mental health ― for example, perfectionism leading to clinical depression and anxiety disorders ― but the relationship between certain personality traits and psychiatric illnesses isn’t entirely clear.<p>A fascinating new study published in …

Psychology

Fallacy of wilderness: There’s no landscape on Earth untouched by humans, scientists say

Implicit in much, if not all, modern environmental sentiment is the idea that the natural world has been despoiled by humans – and if we could just …

In a Queens Park, Reclaiming an Urban Wetland

The once-polluted Alley Creek is slowly but surely making a comeback<p>Alley Creek has undergone a remarkable recovery since its nadir in the 1970s, when it was a neglected dumping ground suffering under a legacy of industry and pollution. Today, the waterway, which flows through Alley Pond Park in …

A Sky Garden In Istanbul

Suspended in the air above Ortaköy Square, Istanbul, ‘Sky Garden’ not only introduces greenery to one of the busiest spot in the city, but also …

The Reign of Recycling

If you live in the United States, you probably do some form of recycling. It’s likely that you separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You …

Sustainability

Nature Conservancy | Global Solutions

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The Nature Conservancy

Do Wildlife Corridors Work?

The world is running out of space for wildlife. National parks and other protected areas can have great benefits, but can end up functioning as …

There Are Twice as Many Species of Birds as We Thought, Study Finds

A recent study flies in the face of currently accepted species classifications.<p>Bird-watchers of the world: your list may have just doubled. A recent study published in the journal <i>PLOS One</i> suggests that the way bird species are defined has traditionally been too narrow, and there are actually more …

Birds

How forensics is boosting the battle against wildlife trade

From rapid genetic analysis to spectrography, high-tech tools are being used to track down and prosecute perpetrators of the illegal wildlife trade – …

Extinction

How tourism and illegal wildlife trade are threatening the Amazon rainforest

LETICIA, COLOMBIA—When you think of the Amazon you may think of an immense tropical forest covering more than 2 million square miles and spread …

Amazon Rainforest

America’s Wildlife Corridors Are in Danger

Most of them are still a mystery to science, and the ones we know about have big problems.<p>Right about now a few thousand mule deer are moving south through the grass valleys near the bottom of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. They summered in the high alpines near Yellowstone National Park, and as …

Wildlife

Mapped: The countries doing most to protect their land (#1 might surprise you)

Last week the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its Red List of threatened species - and it doesn’t make for cheery reading.<p>According to the conservation organisation some 24,307 species are now threatened with extinction. They include the giraffe, whose numbers have …

SNC Instructor's Magical Underwater Photography

SNC Instructor’s Magical Underwater Photography<p><i>December 12, 2016</i><p>Journalist and photographer Dylan Silver has been been swimming and snorkeling in …

Tahoe

TimesLIVE

Turn Down The Lights: Low Light Landscapes

Dawn and dusk have become two of my favorite times to photograph the landscape. There’s a short window of time that can be magical. The light is …