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Urban Arboreta: Havens of Biodiversity Provide Important Information on Tree Pests

Starting in 2015, the USDA Forest Service entered a partnership with Arnold Arboretum (Boston, MA) and Green-Wood Cemetery (Brooklyn, NY) to sample stressed trees for native and non-native wood boring insect species, specifically targeting potential...

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10/18/21
PLANT CONSERVATION REPORT 2020: A review of progress towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020

The adoption of a Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in 2002 and its subsequent renewal in 2010 were significant milestones for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Not only did this strategy, its objectives and targets provide a valuable...

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9/25/20
The global tree restoration potential

The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change
mitigation.We mapped the global potential tree coverage to show that 4.4 billion hectares
of canopy cover could exist under the current climate....

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7/9/20
The Extended Specimen Network: A Strategy to Enhance US Biodiversity Collections, Promote Research, and Education

For more than two centuries, biodiversity collections have served as the foundation for scientific investigation of and education about life on Earth. The collections that have been assembled in
the past and continue to grow today are a...

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12/3/19
Bees Under Siege From Habitat Loss, Climate Change and Pesticides

The East of England is one of the richest regions for bees in Britain due to the diversity of
habitats present. This report aims to consolidate our knowledge of bees in the East of
England, highlight the species that are most threatened...

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6/3/19
Outreach Tools to Speak Out for Plants and Science

Contact your elected representatives and let them know how you feel about plants, our web of life, and the ecosystem services we all depend upon:

  • Ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1572 The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research,
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5/13/19
IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE AMBITION: Global Covenant of Mayors 2018 Global Aggregation Report

Building upon an initial 6000+ cities committed to GCoM at the time of the signing of the Paris Agreement, cities continue to make significant and ambitious commitments to meet the climate challenge. An additional 1,600+ cities have committed to the...

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4/17/19
Sowing the seeds for interdisciplinary plant research and development in the Tropical Andes

In the Tropical Andes millions of people depend upon the use of wild and domesticated
biodiversity for their livelihoods, but the complex interactions between the
ecological and social components of the region’s ecosystems remain poorly...

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3/8/19
Climate Change in the American Mind

The report Climate Change in the American Mind documents a continued upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty...

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2/26/19
Biotechnology, the American Chestnut Tree, and Public Engagement Workshop Report

As researchers at North Carolina State University, we convened a workshop entitled, “Biotechnology, the American Chestnut Tree, and Public Engagement” on April 25-26, 2018 on our campus in Raleigh, NC. The workshop was supported by a National Science...

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1/18/19
Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report

Authored by more than 200 scientists from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the Second
State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) provides an up-to-date assessment of scientific
knowledge of the North American carbon cycle. This...

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12/3/18
Fourth National Climate Assessment

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country.
More frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events, as well as changes
in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to...

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11/29/18
Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments

These Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments are intended to provide more context, more resources and fresh perspectives to the ongoing global interaction between biodiversity conservation and forest...

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11/14/18
IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

This report responds to the invitation for IPCC to provide a Special Report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways’ contained in the Decision of the 21st...

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10/12/18
Soil Pollution: A Hidden Reality

“Soil pollution” refers to the presence in the soil of a chemical or substance out
of place and/or present at a higher than normal concentration that has adverse
effects on any non-targeted organism. Soil pollution often cannot be...

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10/4/18
2018 State of the World's Fungi

The facts and figures contained in the pages of this report and accompanying website will probably come as a total revelation to many people. The first of its kind outlining the state of the world’s fungi, the report highlights just how important fungi...

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9/18/18
A Report from the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Chicago Wilderness Pilot Project

The urban forest of the Chicago Wilderness region, a 7-million-acre area covering portions of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, will face direct and indirect impacts from a changing climate over the 21st century. This assessment evaluates the...

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9/12/18
Tree Genes Initiative REPORT 2018: Securing our Future Forests by Enhancing Technology, Capacity, and Speed

The first TGI report, published in 2015, identified eight critical gaps slowing the transfer of stress-adapted trees from upstream research to forest owners and managers. The gaps fell into three categories: Innovation, Policy, and Markets. TGI members...

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7/27/18
National Strategy and Action Plan for the Role of Australia’s Botanic Gardens in Adapting to Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report concluded that human induced climate change is expected to have a discernable influence on many physical and biological systems. The resilience of many ecosystems is likely to be...

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1/22/18
The Value of Coastal Wetlands for Flood Damage Reduction in the Northeastern USA

This paper presents a rigorous physical and economic valuation of wetland benefits for risk reduction. It demonstrates at regional and local scales the considerable role that coastal wetlands play in reducing risk and property ...

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11/17/17

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