Rising sea levels are poisoning North Carolina woodlands causing ‘ghost forests’ near coasts

Rising sea levels are transforming the once lush woodlands along North Carolina‘s coast into grayish-colored, lifeless trunks known as ‘ghost forests.’ The leafless, limbless trees cover about 11 percent of the state’s Alligator National Wildlife Refuge that what was once thriving with healthy forests. The change is caused by massive amounts of seawater creeping inland … Read more

Luxurious white truffles could grow in British forests

Luxurious white truffles could grow in British forests as French scientists make breakthrough that would free the £2,500-a-lb delicacies from just their Italian homelands The fungus is frequently described as being the finest available on the planet Chalky, wet regions ideal for them to develop, which suits areas of UK and US Saplings brought to … Read more

Covid UK: Lockdown visitors ruin one of Britain’s most important ancient forests by holding weddings

Lockdown visitors ruin one of Britain’s most important ancient forests by holding weddings, leaving litter and stripping moss from trees for their hanging baskets Devon County Council say visitors are ‘ruining’ Wistman’s Wood on Dartmoor People have held weddings, left litter and stripped moss from dwarf oak trees  Area likely to be left-over from ancient forest … Read more

Less than half of the world’s forests are still functioning as they naturally should

Less than half of the world’s forests are still functioning as they should due to human meddling, according to a new study. An international team of 47 scientists reveals 40.5 per cent of the world’s forests have ecosystem integrity – meaning they’re free from human modification. Human modification includes industrial-scale logging, fragmentation by infrastructure, farming, … Read more

Nature: Children who play in forests and parklands have stronger immune systems, study suggests

Playing among forests and parklands — rather in than concrete and gravel yards — helps children to foster a stronger immune system, a study has concluded. Previous studies have proposed that city-dwellers may be at a greater risk of immune-mediated diseases thanks to a lack of exposure to diverse microbiota. This fails to challenge the … Read more

Rock candy used to understand how stone forests were formed

Scientists discovered how mysterious stone forests were formed millions of years ago by using candy made in a kitchen.  Believing these clusters of jagged tree-like limestone formations were formed in ancient oceans and lakes, researchers submerged hard candy in a tank of water to see how it dissolved.   The candy wore down to a bed … Read more

‘Vampire plants’ found in world’s forests eat other vegetation

Fiery red ‘vampire plants’ found around the world feast on other vegetation by wrapping its suckers around the host’s roots Researchers have described the Langsdorffia plant in a new study The plants, deemed parasitic, attach to other vegetation and suck out nutrients  It wraps sucker-like roots around the host underground  to feed The plants also secrete … Read more