Large-scale ‘disturbances’, including fires, harvesting, windstorms and insect outbreaks, which kill large patches of forest, are responsible for more than a tenth of tree death worldwide, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. The research, published in Nature Geoscience, also showed wide regional variation, with parts of Scandinavia, the USA, […]

Allowing trees to regenerate naturally is a more effective, immediate and low-cost method of removing and storing atmospheric carbon than planting new trees. Credit: Shutterstock Tomorrow a special report on how land use affects climate change will be released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Land degradation, deforestation, and the expansion […]

The caterpillars form big clumps and nests on oak trees GETTY IMAGES Germany and the Netherlands are battling many infestations of oak processionary caterpillars, whose tiny toxic hairs can trigger allergic reactions and skin irritation. The mild winter and warm spring this year boosted caterpillar numbers. In Louvain, Belgium, firefighters […]