Posts Tagged ‘trees’

It Pays to Grow Green

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The old saying “money grows on trees” may not be literally true, but a sustainable landscape comes close. New studies demonstrate that environmentally friendly gardening practices not only can decrease utility and maintenance costs but also increase property value.

Global Warming: A Doubling of Tree Deaths

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

More bad news: According to a new study published in the current issue of Science, tree deaths in old-growth forests throughout the American West have more than doubled in recent decades. During the past decade, for example, mountain pine bark beetles have killed roughly 3.5 million acres of lodgepole pine forests in northwestern Colorado, and spruce bark beetles have also killed large areas of spruce forest in northern and southwestern areas of the state.

The study’s authors ruled out a number of possible reasons for the increasing die-offs, including air pollution, long-term effects of fire suppression, and normal forest dynamics, while concluding that regional warming and related droughts were the likely causes. Scarier still is their speculation that these deaths could lead to a series of harmful “cascading effects” on wildlife, and even more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as there are fewer trees to absorb it and as the dead trees decaying on the forest floors become a significant source of the greenhouse gas.

Tree Portraits

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

South Korean artist Myoung Ho Lee encourages viewers to see trees in a new way by photographing each one against an enormous backdrop of canvas in the landscape.

“Trees are attractive objects in that they enable people to think philosophically and appreciate aesthetically. But too often, we don’t recognize the value of ordinary mundane objects around us. Seeing trees in a refreshing way or restoring the value of trees is to awaken all beings on earth in my work,” he told The Morning News

Great Green Wall

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

It’s telling that while China’s first Great Wall was built to hold back warrior horsemen from Central Asia, its new Green Wall is designed to counteract human-caused climate change.

Fifty years of forest cutting have left few trees to block the ferocious sandstorms that have pushed the Gobi Desert southward, ever closer to Beijing. According to a new study, the Green Wall, a 70-year project to plant a 2,800-mile shelterbelt of trees, could lead to an increase in precipitation of up to 20 percent and decrease the temperature in the area. The project also will improve relative humidity and soil moisture, and reduce prevailing winds. It is expected to be an international model for dealing with hotter and drier conditions expected due to climate change.

Could It Come to This?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Ilka Halso’s Museum of Nature, where forests and rivers are preserved under glass.

They’re not Just for Ewoks Anymore

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

I thought my obsession with treehouses was bad — I’ve been fantasizing about treehouses since I first saw Swiss Family Robinson as a kid — but the design mavens at Inhabitat have really been bitten by the bug. This roundup of their favorite treehouse finds over the past few years ranges from a glowing Japanese lantern-like structure nestled among fir trees on Lake Muskoka, Ontario to two Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic domes linked by a canopy walk.

As I said the other day, every arboretum and botanical garden needs at least one of these awesome arboreal aeries. 

What Every Arboretum Needs

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Some of the most spectacular treehouses you’ve ever seen, constructed around the world by a company called Baumraum.