Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

December 19, 2014 by  
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  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist reports that snow is very important for the health of trees because it acts like a layer of insulation to protect their roots from the cold northern winters. Studying a stand of 47-year-old Norwegian spruce trees in Eastern Finland for two seasons revealed to the Finnish Forest Research Institute (FFRI) that a thinner snowpack had negative consequences for the trees. Sirkka Sutinen and fellow researchers from the FFRI simulated the effects of thin snowpacks and discovered that when thaws were delayed until mid summer, buds opened much later and created smaller needles. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas trees , Climate Change , conifer , coniferous trees , conifers , evergreen trees , evergreens , Finland , Finland evergreen trees , Finland snowfall , global warming , norway , Norway Spruce , reduced snowfall , scandinavia , Scandinavian , snow , snowfall , spruce bark beetle , spruce beetle , spruce tree damage , spruce trees , Trees

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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

March 17, 2014 by  
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When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that’s great on waffles and such, and there may also be nut-bearing trees in your area, but the average person wouldn’t look at an evergreen tree and think it looked delicious. Well, guess what? Those soft, delicate green tips that appear on spruce branches every spring aren’t just “edible”, they’re quite tasty, and can be used in several different ways! Read the rest of Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: capers , conifer , coniferous , DIY jelly , evergreen , evergreens , jelly , pickles , preserves , shortbread , spruce , spruce recipes , spruce soda , spruce tip jelly , spruce tips , wildcrafting        

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

March 17, 2014 by  
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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

February 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based materials. Chuanbing Tang from the University of South Carolina is looking to the noble conifer to provide the key to biodegradable, renewable plastics. His research group has been altering the natural resins of firs, pines, and other evergreens through polymerization to create compounds that are more sustainable than fossil fuel-derived plastics. Read the rest of Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aromatic , chinese acaemy of forestry , chuanbing tang , conifer , cycloaliphatic , fir , fuxiang chu , hydrocarbons , macromolecular rapid communications , microbes , perry wilbon , petroleum , pine , plastic , polymerization , resin , rosin , terpenes , terpenoids , Tree , turpentine , University of South Carolina

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