A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.
By Philippine News Agency A University of Washington (UW) team has made new headway on a solution to remove beetle-killed trees from the forest and use them to make renewable transportation fuels or high-value chemicals. By introducing a fungus that prevents critical nutrients and water from traveling within a tree, the mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres, or about 16 million hectares, of forest in the western United States, amounting to an area the size of Washington state in the US Pacific Northwest. These trees, which are standing dead sometimes within several weeks of the initial attack, can fall at any moment or add fuel to a wildfire, and scientists and land managers are left scrambling to deal with millions of the precarious dead giants. Harvesting the wood for lumber is out of the question, because the infestation stains the wood and causes the tree to crack on the inside. “We came up with a different way of converting wood into oil — … [Read more...] about More efficient way found to make oil from dead trees
PORT REPUBLIC, New Jersey -- They're called "ghost forests" — dead trees along vast swaths of coastline invaded by rising seas, something scientists call one of the most visible markers of climate change. The process has happened naturally for thousands of years, but it has accelerated in recent decades as polar ice melts and raises sea levels, scientists say, pushing salt water farther inland and killing trees in what used to be thriving freshwater plains. Efforts are underway worldwide to determine exactly how quickly the creation of ghost forests is increasing. But scientists agree the startling sight of dead trees in once-healthy areas is an easy-to-grasp example of the consequences of climate change. "I think ghost forests are the most obvious indicator of climate change anywhere on the Eastern coast of the US," said Matthew Kirwan, a professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science who is studying ghost forests in his state and Maryland. "It was dry, usable land 50 years … [Read more...] about Climate change before your eyes: Seas rise and trees die
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley These are facts. Approximately 324 liters of waters are used to produce 1 kilogram of paper. Average worldwide annual paper consumption is 48 kilograms per person; in North America, average is about 300 kilograms. The US approximately cuts more than 68 million trees each year to produce catalogues and direct mails. It continues to publish over 2 billion books, 359 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers every year. And about 4 million tons of office paper are discarded per year. In China, 10,000 trees are cut down annually to make holiday cards. Each tree provides oxygen enough for three people to breathe. With current technology, paper has become a cheap commodity. Its disposability has contributed to a high level of consumption and wastage. Globally, paper consumption has increased by about 400 percent in the past four decades. Paper production pollutes air, water, and land. Paper contains toxic … [Read more...] about Dead trees: How much are we consuming?
A US Marine was killed in a freak accident on Friday after a tree fell on him during physical training at his California base. Lance Cpl. Cody Haley, 20, was working out in a wooded area at Camp Pendleton with members of his unit when the incident took place. While on a run, the Marines tried to move a log they were unaware was holding up a dead tree, which fell on top of Haley and killed him, according to a source familiar with the matter. A native of Hardin, Iowa, Haley had deployed in 2016 with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was awarded the National Defense Service medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon, the Marine Corps said. … [Read more...] about US Marine killed by falling tree in freak accident at Camp Pendleton
JAKARTA, INDONESIA—Replanted mangrove trees in Southeast Asia are getting credit for protecting against deadly tsunamis and typhoons such as Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Mangrove regeneration in Northern Samar, about 160 kilometres north of the worst-hit Philippine city of Tacloban, helped minimize damage from the Nov. 8 storm, according to the Trowel Development Foundation, which oversaw the plantings. On Indonesia’s Sumatra island, where a 2004 tsunami killed 170,000 residents, companies including Danone and Credit Agricole SA have put up about $4 million in exchange for tradable carbon offsets tied to the reforestation. Mangroves have twisted webs of roots above ground that absorb carbon dioxide linked to climate change and help protect coasts from tidal surges such as the one that killed at least 3,900 people when Typhoon Haiyan swamped the Philippines this month. The storm, one of the strongest to make landfall, has gripped … [Read more...] about Philippines typhoon: Mangrove trees seen as way to limit storm damage
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—Tragedy struck in another way Friday when a high school vice-principal who had been rescued from the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago was found hanging from a pine tree on Jindo, police said. Jindo is an island near the ferry wreckage where rescued passengers have been housed. Rescuers are struggling to find about 270 people still missing and feared dead, many of them high school students. At least 28 bodies have been recovered. Officials said there were 179 survivors. The vice-principal was identified as Kang Min-kyu, the lead guide for the school trip. In his suicide note, Kang said he felt guilty for surviving and wanted to take responsibility for what happened because he had led the trip, according to police. He asked that his body be cremated and the ashes scattered where the ferry went down. A prosecutor says the captain of the ferry and two other crew members have been arrested. … [Read more...] about Vice-principal rescued from Korean ferry found hanging from a tree
HOUSTON—Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. The nation’s fourth-largest city was still mostly paralyzed by one of the largest downpours in U.S. history. And there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, then parked itself over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 61 centimetres of rain expected on top of the 76 centimetres in some places, authorities worried about whether the worst was yet to come. Harvey has been blamed for at least three confirmed deaths, including a woman killed Monday in the town of Porter, northeast of Houston, when a large oak tree dislodged by heavy rains toppled onto her trailer home. Read more: FEMA director says Harvey is probably the worst disaster in Texas history … [Read more...] about Harvey causes chaos in Houston, 6 family members feared dead after van swept away
NICE, FRANCE—French leaders extended the country's 8-month-old state of emergency Friday and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after a Tunisian man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and wounding 202 others. Thursday night's massacre of pedestrians leaving a fireworks display along the southern city's famed boulevard ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets. Video shot by witnesses shows the truck coming under police gunfire as it drives through an intersection along the palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais, which had been turned into a pedestrian walkway for the independence day celebrations. Crowds flee in panic, taking shelter in shops, hotels or leaping off the elevated pavement onto the beach below. Police finally surround the stationary truck and fatally shoot its driver. Police identified the attacker as Mohamed Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Nice resident and delivery driver, … [Read more...] about 84 dead, 202 confirmed hurt in Nice truck attack
During last month’s ice storm your neighbour’s tree fell and damaged your house. So, who pays? For most of us, this should be covered under a homeowner insurance policy, whether the branches are from your trees or your neighbour’s. If you have all perils coverage, you may also claim for any damages caused to your car as well. But it’s not always that clear-cut, as the following case shows: Ted Doucette and Daina Parent were neighbours in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. During a late November windstorm in 1991, a 60-foot poplar in Parent’s yard, about five feet from the boundary, snapped. The tree fell on Doucette’s fence, his snowmobile trailer and his motor home. He sued for damages. A court later heard that an arborist believed the tree broke because of internal decay. You would not have been able to notice this by looking at the tree, even though it did have some dead branches. … [Read more...] about If your neighbour’s tree falls in your yard, who pays?