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Hikers, a Dangerous Risk May Be Growing

Beware falling trees in ailing forests, cautions a post at 'Outside'

(Newser) - This summer, a hiker on the Pacific Coast Trail died after a tree fell on him, while a woman on the Colorado Trail died when a tree came down on her tent. Fluke, one-in-a-million tragedies? Maybe not, writes Taylor Gee at Outside . Stats on such deaths are hard to come... More »

This Country Planted 353M Trees —in Half a Day

4B is the ultimate goal in Ethiopia

(Newser) - Ethiopia claims it has smashed a world record in the name of climate change—and the tree planting isn't even done. More than 353 million tree seedlings were planted across the country in just 12 hours as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Green Legacy reforestation campaign, per... More »

500-Mile Trek for Environment Has Unusual Twist

Indonesia's Medi Bastoni will be doing it backward, with the help of a rearview mirror

(Newser) - He's walking backward for a month in the hope of moving forward with forest conservation. The Guardian has the story of Medi Bastoni, an Indonesian man who set out Thursday to walk 500 miles in reverse from his village of Dono in East Java to the State Palace in... More »

Iceland Trying to Undo What the Vikings Did

The reforestation effort is a slow-moving one

(Newser) - That Iceland is the most lightly forested country in all of Europe is the doing of man, not nature—long-since-deceased man. The AFP reports more than 25% of the island was covered in trees, mostly birch, when the Vikings reached its shores in the late 800s. A century later, only... More »

'Mind-Blowing' Fix for Climate Change: Billions of Trees

Scientists say a massive tree-planting initiative might be most efficient way to stop global warming

(Newser) - There are 3 trillion trees on Earth, but adding between 500 billion and 1.5 trillion more could help solve a big crisis on the horizon. New research in the journal Science proposes fighting climate change by planting enough new trees to cover 3.5 million square miles of land,... More »

Macron on Friendship Tree's Death: No Biggie

He plans to send a replacement oak

(Newser) - France wants to give it another go, so look out for "friendship tree" No. 2. French President Emmanuel Macron says he'll send a new oak sapling to President Trump after the one planted on the grounds of the White House last spring apparently croaked . A dead tree—even... More »

Trump, Macron's 'Friendship' Tree Vanished. Now, Bad News

French media says oak sapling died while in required quarantine

(Newser) - Where an oak sapling once stood on the White House lawn, now lies an empty patch of grass—and the French media are using it as "a metaphor ... for the deteriorating relations between the US and Europe," per Deutsche Welle . The tree that used to stand on that... More »

Country's New Law Could Bring 525B New Trees to the World

Philippines bill would mandate students plant at least 10 trees each before graduating

(Newser) - Advocates for a new bill in the Philippines say it could result in 525 billion new trees over the course of a generation, and the ones set to be on the front lines for this initiative are students. The Independent and CNN Philippines report on the proposed legislation, which mandates... More »

Surprise Find in Backyard Tree: This Mountain Lion

Calif. firefighters, wildlife officials converged on the scene to remove the big cat

(Newser) - When you've got a cat stuck in a tree, call the fire department. When you've got a really big cat stuck in a tree—well, still call the fire department and they'll see what they can do. California firefighters came through with flying colors when that exact... More »

Plea to Tree Thieves: Please Water the Bonsai

Japanese couple mourning loss of 7 'tree babies'

(Newser) - Victims of a recent theft in Japan have a plea for the thieves: Please water our "tree babies." Seiji Iimura, a bonsai master whose family has dabbled in the art form for centuries, and his wife, Fuyumi Iimura, are sharing detailed care instructions for seven miniature bonsai trees... More »

Brothers Who Cleared 1.4K Trees Face $450K Fine

Michigan township says they needed permission; brothers say it's 'misguided overreach'

(Newser) - An attorney for two brothers calls it "misguided overreach," but a Michigan township says it's a necessary move to keep local trees in place. All that Gary and Matt Percy know is they're now facing a possible fine of more than $450,000 after they cleared... More »

One of the World's Biggest Organisms Is in Trouble

A Utah forest of genetically identical aspen trees is dying, says new study

(Newser) - You wouldn't know it to look at it, but a forest of aspen trees in Utah qualifies as one of the biggest—certainly the heaviest at 13 million pounds—living organisms on the planet. And scientists say it's in real danger for the first time in millennia, reports... More »

Unusual Investment Strategy Misfires 30 Years Later

Lots of Southerners planted trees 30 years ago; now they're ready to harvest, but there's a glut

(Newser) - It's not a strategy that typically comes up in investment planning: plant a field of pine trees. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, it made much sense to thousands of Southerners about 30 years ago, thanks in part to a federal incentive to reforest the land. "If... More »

She Was Surveying the Land. Then the Wolves Came

Woman scoots up tree in Washington state, is rescued by helicopter

(Newser) - Dispatchers in Okanogan, Wash., received an unusual call right around lunchtime Thursday: A woman phoned to say she was perched 30 feet up in a tree near a local campground, with wolves hovering at the bottom and waiting for her to come down, the AP reports. The research student said... More »

Scientists Make Alarming Find About Ancient Trees

Africa's oldest baobabs are dying, quickly

(Newser) - Researchers taking a survey of some of the world's oldest and funkiest trees have bad news to report: Africa's legendary baobabs are dying. The statistic getting the most attention out of the new study in Nature Plants is that eight of the continent's 13 oldest baobabs have... More »

Nazis' Attempt to Cloak Its Ship Affected Norway's Trees

The Tirptiz tried to create a 'chemical fog'

(Newser) - A German dendrochronologist stumbled on something puzzling while gathering wood cores on the Norwegian coast in 2016: some trees were missing rings. "We got back to the lab and measured the tree rings, and saw that they were very narrow—in some cases nearly absent—for 1945," Claudia... More »

Woman Marries Landmark Tree in Bid To Save It

The 100-year-old ficus could get the axe in a Florida park

(Newser) - A Florida woman who's hoping to save a 100-year-old tree from being cut down held a wedding ceremony in which she pledged to honor and protect the imposing ficus. Karen Cooper wants to save the landmark Ft. Myers tree, whose 8,000-foot canopy graces a park near her home.... More »

Good News for Chilly NYC Trees: Sweaters Stay

City's parks department reverses decision to take down crocheted sweaters in West Village

(Newser) - The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation says a cluster of trees in a Manhattan neighborhood can keep their crocheted sweaters, reports the AP . The department says it has reversed a prior decision to remove the trees' sweaters after residents of the West Village neighborhood told the New ... More »

As American Forests Change, One Tree Is Emerging

Beech is booming, but that may be bad news overall as temperatures rise

(Newser) - Beech trees are dominating the woodlands of the northeastern United States as the climate changes, and that could be bad news for the forests and people who work in them, according to a group of scientists. The scientists say the move toward beech-heavy forests is associated with higher temperatures and... More »

A White House Staple for Nearly 200 Years Is Vanishing

Magnolia tree planted by Andrew Jackson in memory of his wife is too decayed to stay up

(Newser) - The oldest tree at the White House is set to be taken down later this week, bringing to an end a piece of Americana that's been in place in DC since the mid-1800s. Per CNN , the Jackson Magnolia, one of several magnolias on the presidential grounds, has been the... More »

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