Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off

Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off

Twilight of the baobabs?DeepEarth Photography / Alamy Stock Photo By Michael Le Page 500 BC. In Rome, King Tarquin the Proud has been sent into exile and there’s a brand new Roman republic. At around the same time, in what is now Zimbabwe, an elephant defecates after feasting on baobab fruits. A seed sprouts in […]

It is worth valuing trees, but all deserve our respect

It is worth valuing trees, but all deserve our respect

Marji Lang/LightRocket via Getty BEFORE humans came along with their polished axes and (much later) sawmills, there were as many as 6 trillion trees on this planet. Today there are roughly half that number, with their loss continuing apace in many developing countries. In the Amazon, deforestation has recently surged, after a decade of stability, […]

Dog poo bags hung in trees become new festive decoration|Humor

In a bid to bring some seasonal cheer to outdoor areas in the festive season, Natural England announced ‘Christmas bauble’ style dog shit bags were to go on sale this week. A spokesman for Natural England, the governing body behind all of England’s areas of outstanding national beauty, said ‘We have been bothered for many […]

Planting trees could mop up ten years’ worth of greenhouse gases

Planting trees could mop up ten years’ worth of greenhouse gases

Giuseppe Lami/EPA/REX/Shutterstock By Fred Pearce Only statistical numbskulls would call it good news, but 2017 is set to be slightly less warm than the record-breaking 2016. Instead, it will merely be one of the three warmest years on record, and the hottest ever without an El Niño to boost temperatures. However, a massive programme of […]