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Eastern cougar is extinct, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concludes

Eastern cougar is extinct, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concludes | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Although the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, its existence has long been questioned. The U.S.
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Molecular basis of infection of tick-transmitted disease uncovered

Molecular basis of infection of tick-transmitted disease uncovered | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Researchers have identified the "keys" and "doors" of a bacterium responsible for a series of tick-transmitted diseases.
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Climate change could cripple southwestern U.S. forests: Trees face rising drought stress and mortality as climate warms

Climate change could cripple southwestern U.S. forests: Trees face rising drought stress and mortality as climate warms | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Combine the tree-ring growth record with historical information, climate records, and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and you get a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States, according to a new study.
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Severe economic loss for European forest land expected by 2100

Severe economic loss for European forest land expected by 2100 | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
By 2100 the climate change is expected to reduce the economic value of forest land by 14 to 50 percent, which equates to a potential damage of several hundred billion Euros unless effective countermeasures are taken.
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Bringing back the tree that built America: Scientists harvest a unique stand of white pine

Bringing back the tree that built America: Scientists harvest a unique stand of white pine | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is harvesting a unique stand of white pine, part of an effort to restore the economically valuable tree.
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New Hampshire leads contiguous United States in percent tree cover

Tree cover in the nation's Lower 48 states covers 659 million acres, more than one-third of the nation, according to a US Forest Service study of national tree cover and impervious surfaces.
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Can nature parks save biodiversity?

Can nature parks save biodiversity? | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it

Small "arks" of temperate forests also give shelter to biodiversity.

 

As human activities put increasing pressures on natural systems and wildlife to survive, 200 scientists around the world carved up pieces of the puzzle to present a clearer picture of reality and find ways to mitigate the destructive forces at work.

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Bacterial community inside the plant root: Plants choose soil bacteria that they allow into their roots

Bacterial community inside the plant root: Plants choose soil bacteria that they allow into their roots | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Soil is the most species-rich microbial ecosystem in the world.
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Nature News Blog: Carnegie advances carbon mapping in Colombia : Nature News Blog

Nature News Blog: Carnegie advances carbon mapping in Colombia : Nature News Blog | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have rolled out their latest carbon-counting methodology in partnership with Colombian scientists, mapping carbon stocks across 40 percent of the Colombian Amazon using a new methodology that relies...
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Green plants reduce city street pollution up to eight times more than previously believed

Green plants reduce city street pollution up to eight times more than previously believed | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found.
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Urban noise 'killing baby birds'

Urban noise 'killing baby birds' | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Noise in urban areas could stop adult house sparrows hearing their young, resulting in a rise in the mortality rate of baby birds, a study shows.
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Role of urban greenery in CO2 exchange demonstrated

Role of urban greenery in CO2 exchange demonstrated | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
In what might be the first study to report continuous measurements of net CO2 exchange of urban vegetation and soils over a full year or more, scientists conclude that not only is vegetation important in the uptake of the greenhouse gas, but also...
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History and Research Converge in American Chestnut Reintroduction

History and Research Converge in American Chestnut Reintroduction | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
“...my parents’ conservation ethic is something that I have always lived.” http://t.co/aPOt5wLI...

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Natural playgrounds more beneficial to children, inspire more play, study finds

Natural playgrounds more beneficial to children, inspire more play, study finds | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Children who play on playgrounds that incorporate natural elements like logs and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment, according to a recent study.
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Mathematics of leaf decay: A mathematical model reveals commonality within the diversity of leaf decay

Mathematics of leaf decay: A mathematical model reveals commonality within the diversity of leaf decay | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Researchers have analyzed data from a variety of forests and ecosystems across North America, and discovered general trends in decay rates among all leaves.
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How future urban sprawl maps out

How future urban sprawl maps out | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Projections of urban growth indicate areas where biodiversity is at high risk.
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Forest fires: Burn out

Forest fires: Burn out | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Forests in the American west are under attack from giant fires, climate change and insect outbreaks. Some ecosystems will never be the same.
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How forests thrive after fires and volcanoes

How forests thrive after fires and volcanoes | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Forests hammered by windstorms, avalanches and wildfires may appear blighted, but a researcher says such disturbances can be key to maximizing an area's biological diversity.
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Diseased trees new source of climate gas

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Campus forests can be a laboratory for studying methogenesis from trees.

 

Diseased trees in forests may be a significant new source of methane that causes climate change, according to researchers.

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Gibson settles discord on timber

Gibson settles discord on timber | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
The US government settles its legal case against the iconic Gibson Guitar company over use of illegal timber from Madagascar.

 

Where wood comes from matters.

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Research into oaks helps us understand climate change

Research into oaks helps us understand climate change | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Biologists are tracking the evolution of the live oaks of eastern North America, seeking to understand how the trees adapted to climate change during glacial periods.
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News of the Deer: Woman kicked in face by rabid deer

News of the Deer: Woman kicked in face by rabid deer | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
A Maryland woman is being treated for rabies exposure after the bizarre incident behind Jolly Roger Discount Liquors.
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As mushrooms evolve to live with trees, they give up DNA associated with decomposing cellulose

As mushrooms evolve to live with trees, they give up DNA associated with decomposing cellulose | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
New research finds that Amanita mushrooms' evolution has largely been away from species that help decompose organic material and toward those that live symbiotically on trees and their roots.

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Attack of the zombie maples

Attack of the zombie maples | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
Last month, I spent several days in Harvard Forest, 3500 acres of woods dedicated to scientific research. The forest is home to dozens of research projects, some short-term, others stretching over decades.
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Nitrogen pollution changing Rocky Mountain National Park vegetation

Nitrogen pollution changing Rocky Mountain National Park vegetation | Urban, Suburban, and Campus Forests: Conservation and Curation | Scoop.it
A new study indicates air pollution in the form of nitrogen compounds emanating from power plants, automobiles and agriculture is changing the alpine vegetation in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Nitrogen pollution and forests of all types is an emerging area of study.

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