• Planting trees to save the planet

    Mark Maslin     |      July 8, 2019

    Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale may be the best climate change solution available. Covering 900m hectares of land with trees could store up to two thirds of the carbon that humans have released into the atmosphere.

  • Hedging against climate change

    Open Forum     |      July 5, 2019

    Researchers from Macquarie University and Western Sydney University have assessed whether the trees that characterise our urban landscapes will be resilient to our changing climate over the next 50 years.

  • A million urban trees for Melbourne should be just the start

    Judy Bush     |      March 13, 2019

    Trees and green spaces are essential for urban sustainability and liveability, but so is planting the right things in the right places. Urban planners must make more room for trees and we must cherish the mature ones we have as well as planting more saplings.

  • Why tropical trees die

    Isabelle Dubach     |      November 26, 2018

    Scientists have shed light on tropical tree deaths – with results predicted to have important implications for managing forest biodiversity.

  • Protecting thirsty urban trees from ever harsher summers

    Stephanie Choo     |      October 8, 2018

    Urban forests are great for keeping our cities cool, but as temperatures go up they need water to survive – and that’s where redirecting storm water to street trees comes in.

  • Drought weakens trees resistance to pests and diseases

    Open Forum     |      June 29, 2018

    A new review paper examines the death of trees from drought and dehydration using specialised non-invasive methods, a timely issue as Australia’s drought worsens and the world grapples with climate change.

  • Trees improve our lives – and save cities money

    Theodore Endreny     |      May 2, 2018

    Trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem. They clean the air and water, reduce stormwater floods, improve building energy use and mitigate climate change. Trees make people’s lives more liveable and save cities money.