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Awakening

IN NOVEMBER 2011 an American icebreaker, <i>USCGC Healy</i>, set off from Seward, Alaska, to sail north through the Arctic Circle into the Chukchi Sea. It …

Global Warming

Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? (Part II)

Why sustainability is important? Let's take a look at the global trends regarding sustainability in 2014.<p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents several climate change scenarios based on carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent emissions and their influence on Earth's temperature …

Extreme weather exposes the vulnerability of our cities to climate change

Despite the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, January and February were not kind months for the people of Boston and New England. By February 10th, …

Climate Change

Saving the Planet the Easy Way

Barack Obama's administration wants to spend more than $10 billion to spur renewable energy development -- a move that has been cast as an important …

Fossil Fuels

Geoengineering Not The Best Way To Fight Climate Change... Yet

Drastic measures like geoengineering are seen as a last resort for heading off the impacts of climate change, but scientists are beginning to look seriously at the possibility that the time for such techniques will inevitably come.<p>For a few decades now, we’ve been hearing from scientists and …

Valentine's Day: Show your love for Great Reef Barrier by breaking up with fossil fuels

This Valentine's Day will be different. On 14 February, thousands of people across the globe will be using their economic power as individual …

Why is it so hard to believe in climate change?

Environmental activists demanding action to stop climate change. Credit: Demotix/Birmal Sharma.<p>Humans celebrate natural landscapes in numerous …

Slate: ‘Inaction On Climate Change” Leading Cause Of Global Death, 400,000 People Killed Every Year

Earlier this week, President Obama claimed in the Vox interview that the media ‘overstated’ the risk of terrorism as compared to things like global …

Water Conservation- Key to Reforestation

For most of my life I thought reforestation was an effort led by tree planting. The concept seemed straightforward; cut trees need to be replaced. …

6 Catchphrases to Connect Your Children to Nature

In my last post exploring children's relationship with nature, I described eight ways that parents can nurture their children's love of nature. Because words send powerful messages to children, you can further help your children connect to nature by associating their wonderful experiences in nature …

Pictures of Paradise in Italy’s Oldest National Park

Photographer Stefano Unterthiner shares the park through his lens, capturing the richness of the wildlife and nature around him.<p>Ibex. Chamois. Ermine. Grouse. Red foxes. As a teen, Stefano Unterthiner spent countless hours observing these animals in Gran Paradiso National Park, an hour or so drive …

World's Oldest Trees: 3,000 to 9,500 Years Old

Many a tree has quietly, peacefully stood watching the changes of the Earth for thousands of years.<p>Some of them are giants, declaring clearly their …

Most Of My Time I Spend Walking In The Forests And Photographing Nature

Japanese character “Kanji” “休” can be interpreted as a person snuggling tree. 亻means person, 木 is for a tree. If you add them together (亻+木=休), you …

Forests

BWPA

Top Shot: The Green Carpet

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.<p>A mossy-floored forest in Maple …

Utopia Arkitekter unveils gorgeous green-walled plan for transforming a Stockholm neighborhood

Imagine living in a complex where lush terraces spill beautiful greenery down over the walls, just a few steps away from the nearest metro station. …

12 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

Easy eco compromises you can make.<p>You should...you shouldn't...you can't...so much guilt about going green! One of our green expert takes the hard line, while another shows how to compromise. Just do something!

Cleaning

8 Incredible Green Spaces That Are Thriving In The Biggest Urban Jungles

Living and working within a system of architectural behemoths and concrete streets can be taxing, to say the least. And for many city-dwellers, a few patches of green can be a celebrated refuge from the urban landscape.<p>Through a study that spanned 18 years, researchers from University of Exeter …

Cities Find Creative Ways to Fund Parks

Even though the benefits of urban parks are widely acknowledged, municipal parks departments around the U.S. must grapple with tight budgets in …

Economic Value of San Francisco Parks Approaches $1 Billion Annually

San Francisco’s park system plays a particularly outsized role in the City’s economy and is worth almost $1 billion a year, according to a recent …

Visiting a park could save your life, scientists say

City dwellers should visit parks more often and take advantage of this free and easy way to boost their physical and mental health, environmental …

Want Your City to Thrive? Look to Its Trees

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a major economic and environmental asset: the tree canopy.<p>To paraphrase a beloved children's book, trees are nice—they give us oxygen, filter air pollutants, and absorb rainwater. Plus, research shows that …

Laser scanning trees

Trees do the vital job of absorbing carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming, and producing oxygen. But at the moment, the only way to measure how much carbon is stored in a tree is to chop it down and weigh it.<p>So a new technique is being developed, which uses a terrestrial laser scanner …

Tree simple tricks for making our cities cooler

Melbourne, Australia, is burnin’ up. In recent years, summer temperatures have peaked at about 113 degrees F — and the mercury is projected to keep …

Immune System

How Much Carbon Are Our Trees Actually Sucking Up?

For the last several years, Greg Asner has been mapping some of the most important forests in the world, not only measuring how many trees are left …

Ecology

Finding a better word for “tree”: why naming the landscape could be the thing to save it

Photographer Dominick Tyler began the “The Landreader Project” to collect countryside vocabulary after finding his own impoverished. Could saving the …

britain

How to prune an apple tree in five simple steps

Apple trees are left in a sorry state by heavy-handed pruning and rampant re-growth, but this guide will leave your fruit tree happy and healthy<p>A lustrous green dome and branches heavy with rosy red fruit — that’s how an apple tree should look in August, but most garden trees fall well short of …

Gardening

New Hope for an Ancient Forest

On tonight's episode of PBS's <i>EARTH A New Wild</i>, host M. Sanjayan travels deep into some of the most spectacular forests on the planet, from uncharted areas of the Amazon to the jungles of Sumatra. But this isn't your typical nature documentary. Tonight's episode demonstrates that in forests around …