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  • Sacred forests – conservation by tradition Sacred forests – conservation by traditionIn many regions around the world smaller or bigger forests have been preserved because the local people consider them sacred. They occur throughout the world and share many features, they are a kind of natural conservation area, often a forested hill where the gods reside. All the plants and animals that inhabit the holy hill ...
  • Trees and climate (the lesson) Trees and climate (the lesson)Read Trees change their anatomy as drought persists Trees depend on climate as every living creature does, but they also  can adapt to change, and may be help prevent climate change. Questions: The observed changes: 1/ narrower water-carrying vessels, 2/ shrinkage in the tissues 3/ blockages in water conducting vessels 4/ thinner leaves in some species.  1. ...
  • The surprising role of northern trees The surprising role of northern trees25 – 50% of a living tree is water, depending on the species and the season. Until recentlythe water in the trees was seen as insignificant but resent work of thje university of Fairbanks (Alaska, USA) has shown that this water is very important, anyway in the northern forests The absorption of meltwater by the ...
  • Trees change inside as drought persists Trees change inside as drought persistsJames Cook University scientists have found that trees change their anatomy in response to prolonged drought. JCU’s Associate Professor Susan Laurance has led the Daintree Drought experiment since 2015, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College (London). The project involves using plastic sheets to reduce the rainfall getting into a half hectare ...
  • Protect the last of the wild Protect the last of the wildGlobal conservation policy must stop the disappearance of Earth’s few intact ecosystems, warn James E. M. Watson, James R. Allan and colleagues in Nature  31 oktober 2018 A century ago, only 15% of Earth’s surface was used to grow crops and raise livestock. Today, more than 77% of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87% of the ocean ...
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