Trees go high-tech: process turns cellulose into energy storage devices

Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.

Could planting trees in the desert mitigate climate change?

As the world starts feeling the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and consequent global temperature rise, researchers are looking for a Plan B to mitigate climate change.

Yes, trees do play a part in smog production

After years of speculation, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have managed to demonstrate how trees help create one of society's predominant environmental and health concerns: air pollution.

Lucy climbed trees as well as walked

More evidence has emerged that Australopithecus afarensis - generally known as Lucy - lived at least partially in the trees.

Human ancestor 'Lucy' lived partly in trees

Australopithecus afarensis is known to have walked upright, but it's been hotly disputed whether the famous Lucy and her kin spent a lot of time in the branches as well.

Are New England fall colors set to disappear?

New England is gradually losing its famous fall colors, says the National Science Foundation.

Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter

Antarctica was once as warm as Iceland - warm enough for vegetation and even trees to thrive, a new study has found.

Global warming may help trees store more carbon

It's been known for a while that global warming speeds the decomposition of organic matter in soil, speeding up carbon dioxide release.

Physicist turns trees into street lights

Cities could one day be lit by glowing trees, thanks to a discovery at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU).