Black Book of Green People

ArborCarbon‘s Dr Paul Barber has been included in the Black Book of Green People, compiled  by Vision202020 , which was featured in The Australian newspaper today in the Business section with 20 of Australia’s leading urban tree and urban greening experts from various fields of expertise.

According to the Vision202020 website, this is an “online directory and offline service that catalogues people into areas of expertise, project experience, contact details, research interests, problems in need of a solution, solutions in need of a problem, e.t.c.”.

 

Trees cut heat on city’s streets – City of Perth

“Experts have long known that the canopy provided by trees can affect temperatures.

The thermal imaging results, which are in the City of Perth’s draft urban forest plan, put a figure on the reality of that relationship.”

Fantastic to see the City of Perth  communicating  the linkage between tree canopy and heat.

The work provided in this article,  is the result of a precision urban forest monitoring project carried out by ArborCarbon and partners in early 2015.

It is essential that we use this type of high-resolution imagery for  precision baseline measurement and monitoring  to achieve realistic targets and sustainable urban forest management.

See article in today’s West Australian by Kate Emery here.

Victoria Avenue is much cooler than treeless streets Picture – Bill Hatto -The West Australian

Myrtle rust has potential to cause regional extinction of iconic animals

There are calls for a national plan to fight the fugal disease myrtle rust, which is destroying native trees.  and, experts says, has the potential to cause regional extinction of iconic Australian animals.

“This will threaten some of our iconic native species and there is the strong possibility that some of these species will go extinct,” chief executive of Plant Biosecurity Centre for Collaborative Research Dr Michael Robinson said.

See ABC News article

Benefits of urban trees – Infographic

 

Benefits of Urban Trees  infographic by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

“Large urban trees are excellent filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. Trees can provide food, such as fruits, nuts and leaves. Spending time near trees improves physical and mental health by increasing energy level and speed of recovery, while decreasing blood pressure and stress. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save energy used for heating by 20–50%. Trees provide habitat, food and protection to plants and animals, increasing urban biodiversity…planting trees today is essential for future generations!”

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