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Oliver Kellhammer: Neo-Eocene or How Trees from the Eocene Can Fight Climate Change

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We will not talk about the emblematic movie by Robert Zemeckis. And we will not talk about science fiction. Or maybe we will... Kind of. For what the environmental artist Oliver Kellhammer and  the botanist Rupert Sheldrake are trying to do may sound to you like a science-fiction. Well, it is science, for sure. But it is definitely not fiction. It is something real. A real escape plan. Or at least part of if.  An escape plan for turning back the time... iand fighting climate change.

"There is broad scientific consensus that we are well into a period of rapidly escalating, human-induced climate change, - says Oliver Kellhammer. - But how high will temperatures go? Some models predict that global temperatures could increase by as much as 5 degrees C. The last time this happened was during the Eocene Thermal Maximum, some 55 million years ago. This was long before our own species came along, so it is unclear how we will be able to adapt to the coming extremes. Back in those days, palms and alligators flourished as far north as what is now Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Much of British Columbia was covered in a warm temperate forest, far more biologically diverse than what exists here today... But if global warming threatens to bring back the Eocene's temperatures, why not reintroduce the Eocene's trees? Many of our existing forests have already suffered substantially under the newer, hotter conditions..."

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#TeamTrees or How to Plant 7 Million Trees in a Year


A YouTube challenge, two bloggers (one is an ex NASA engineer), a conservation organization and worldwide people's support... The result? More than 7 million trees been around the globe in a year! And millions more to come!... 

Marc Rober (who worked seven years for NASA, now a world famous YouTuber), together with another YouTube star, Mr.Beast (Jimmy Donaldson), and the Arbor Day Foundation started the one-of-a-kind project #TeamTrees exactly a year ago.  The goal is: 20 million trees planted worldwide by 2020! 365 days later 7.1 millions are already planted!  14 millions planned for 2021! 

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Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why Tree Leaves Change Their Color

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The Science Behind the Autumn Tree Palette

Have you ever wondered why the leaves of the trees change their color in autumn? Well, we have. As well as a group of scientists from Chicago area, USA. They are trying to find out what is the actual cause for all those vibrant yellow-orange-red-purplish colors that will warm up our eyes and our hearts in the following weeks. A team from Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, wants to know what stays behind this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Good2Know: There Are More Trees on Earth than Stars in Our Galaxy. But...

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A Study Shows the Influence of Man on Trees' Abundance

There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth a study lead* by Yale University found. That means about 422 trees per person. Yet, since man inhabited the planet he managed to destroy almost 46 percent of the total number of the trees! And the process doesn't stop. Almost 15 billion trees diminish each year because of our actions... 

"Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution," said Thomas Crowther, lead author of the study and a Yale Climate & Energy Institute post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. "We have nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we've seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result…"

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