• Protecting the trees in our cities

    Camilo Ordonez     |      February 28, 2020

    Australia’s cities are a hive of development, and amenity trees are often the first casualty, but Melbourne’s experience shows that their loss can at least be minimised if vigilance is maintained.

  • Urban forest or concrete jungle?

    Open Forum     |      October 27, 2019

    Melbourne’s council wants a greener city to counter the effects of climate change, but it also promotes higher density for new housing, with ever bigger apartment blocks and smaller gardens. Is there any way to square the circle?

  • Help solve the snow gum murder mystery

    Open Forum     |      October 11, 2019

    Researchers from The Australian National University are asking the public to help investigate a phenomenon that’s killing Australia’s iconic snow gums.

  • More urban trees will help combat climate change

    Alessandro Ossola     |      July 27, 2019

    We all need to plant more trees to beautify our grey cities and cool our suburbs during heatwaves but the right species must be chosen to tolerate the heat and lack of water in urban areas affected by climate change.

  • A woody meadow blooms in the heart of the city

    Claire Bolge     |      July 25, 2019

    A unique research project by the Universities of Melbourne and Sheffield aims to grow urban meadows that are as tough as they are beautiful.

  • 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.