A new study lays out a green (very green), data-driven plan to capture much of our atmosphere's carbon pool.
- The right trees planted in the right place could have a major impact on climate change.
- The study identifies .09 billion hectares of available land for the necessary new forests.
- The new forests would capture 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide.
Intense lightning could have burned us out of the trees.
- A new paper proposes that a couple of supernovae led to the loss of our tree habit, forcing us down to the savannah.
- The telltale clues are iron-60 isotopes and lots of unexplained charcoal and soot in the geologic record.
- The theory is an intriguing combination of astronomy, physics, geology, and anthropology.
A new paper in Nature adds urgency to the fight against climate change.
- "Seventy-seven percent of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87 percent of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities," states a new paper in Nature.
- Just 5 countries — Russia, Canada, Australia, the U.S., and Brazil — contain 70 percent of the world's wilderness (excluding Antarctica).
- The paper emphasizes the urgent need to protect large-scale ecosystems, calling them a buffer against the Anthropocene.
Trees are far from dumb; they talk and share, because they need each other to live better lives.