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Deforestation Robs Amazon Soil of Life

“We knew that if you cut the trees, the animals will disappear, but we didn’t know what happened to the microbes,” said Jorge Rodrigues, assistant professor of biology at University of Texas at Arlington and leader of the research team. “We showed for the first time, in the case of the Amazon, you would see losses of microbe species when moving land use from the forest to the pasture.”


Amazing technology would allow for underground parks in NYC

If you’ve been to Manhattan in the past several years, you may have heard of the Highline in Chelsea. It’s a project that converted an abandoned above-ground railroad track into a park, and it has turned the formerly underdeveloped area around it into one of the trendiest new neighborhoods in the city; if you visit Manhattan, you have to check it out. Anyway, two architects want to build a park that will do for the Lower East Side what the Highline did for Chelsea, but with a twist: they want to build it underground!

If you’ve been to Manhattan ever, you’ll also know that space is at a premium, and there are few open spaces left to grow leafy green things or build a park. Dubbed the LowLine, the project would convert an old underground trolley car station, abandoned in 1948 and untouched since, into a 1.5 acre underground park. But how? This is where the science comes in: they’ve developed the technology to transmit sunlight underground. Using large parabolic mirrors and a fiber optic relay, sunlight from the surface would be shuttled to the park and then redisbursed, allegedly yielding enough light for photosynthesis. As shown in the artist’s renderings above, the park could house trees, grass, farmers markets, or art installations, all year round, rain or shine. The architects raised money on Kickstarter for a proof-of-concept exhibition, happening RIGHT NOW in the Essex Street Market in NYC, and they’re doing battle with the city and the transit authority that owns the underground depot for approval. Here’s to hoping the city bureaucrats see the light! *slaps knee*

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this looks beautiful, but how would it smell? hopefully not like a musty, damp basement.

Either way i’d still visit.

is the phrase “leaf peeping” a real thing?

I never heard it used in Michigan, and we’ve got some spectacular leaf displays.

it sort of sounds dirty to me.


21 Spectacular Autumn Vistas

(via gertrudefrankenstein)

According to a recent CNN report, project organizers hope that the space “will become an eco-tourist destination showcasing sustainable practices and plants from across the globe.”


Singapore’s Supertree-Powered Gardens By the Bay.

One of the largest horticultural attractions in the world, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, opens to the public Friday, June 29, 2012 offering a unique fusion of nature and technology.

Since we last reported on the project’s most distinctive element — 18 giant solar-powered, plant-growing “Supertrees” — UK-based landscape architects Grant Associates have released some stunning photos of the £500 million complex.”

Read more here and here.

Photo Credit: Photos 1-3: © Craig Sheppard / Grant Associates. Photo 4: © Robert Such / Grant Associates. Photo 5: Jackerbie/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Photo 6: © Munshi Ahmed.

Edible Forest Free For All in Seattle

Like the edible candy forest in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” a park in Seattle is designed to be eaten. But unlike the junk food forest of Wonka’s factory which only a few children got to taste, Seattle’s edible ecosystem will be all-natural, healthy, and free to the public.

Two acres of inedible grass in Seattle’s Beacon Hill area are being replaced with a forest of apples, plums, walnuts, and other food-bearing trees. Beneath the canopy of fruits and nuts, an understory of berry bushes will grow in partial shade.

"All of these plants work together like a forest ecosystem, but they are edible," one of the park’s designers, Glenn Herlihy, told the Seattle Times.

Bee hives will help pollinate the plants and provide tasty honey. Other beneficial insects will be attracted by strategically planted flowers in order to combat pests without using poisons.

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From an interview with Jeffrey Brown in 2005:

Thirty years ago, Wangari Maathai had a simple idea: To plant trees. 


Wangari Maathai, savior of trees, dies
Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, died Sunday after a long struggle with ovarian cancer.

An inspiring woman. Here’s her mission in her own words.