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Plant a Tree this Arbor Day! The Festival of Planting

Arbor day celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees. Its history has strong roots that branched out across multiple nations. One of the first modern celebrations […]

Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree of Hope Lives on

For the two years that Anne Frank remained in The Annexe, the building where she and her family were hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, her only […]

Spooky Spiders Stave off Malaria after Freak Flood

In the summer of 2010, monsoons dropped 10 years’ worth of rain onto some Pakistani cities and villages in less than a week leaving behind a water filled area […]

A Vertical Forest Helps Kick Pollution in Milan

The world’s first vertical forest was officially opened in October 2014 in Milan. According to lead designer and architect Stefano Boeri, “It’s very important to completely change how these […]

How Trees Can Save us from Pollution

Up to 90% of the global population living in cities in 2014 was exposed to particulate matter that exceeded air quality guidelines, according to the UN World […]

How Do Giants Grow so Tall?

On 25 August 2006, in a remote area of Redwood National Park, naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor discovered the tallest tree in the world, a coast […]

Hibakujumoku, the Survivor Trees

On 6 August 1945, the first atomic bomb used as a weapon of war was launched on Hiroshima.The city was destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people […]

Are Mangroves Ecosystems the Richest Carbon Storage?

Mangroves grow along tropical coasts and are unique amongst the world’s plants: they are adapted to live in harsh coastal conditions with high levels of salinity and […]

What Can Lichens Tell us About Air Quality?

Lichens are strange organisms that occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on trees, rocks and bare ground and are composed by a fungus and one or […]