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Environment group launches legal challenge over ‘alien’ tree species planting

An environmental protection group has launched a High Court challenge against a decision to allow what it claims is an “alien species” of tree to be planted at a site in Co Leitrim.  The action has been brought by the Save Leitrim Group (Save Leitrim Environmental and Biodiversity Group CLG), which claims the decision to allow Sitka Spruce to be grown at a forestry development on a 13.3-hectare si...
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Plan to plant a 22m trees a year to beat greenhouse gases (Croke Park x 6)

An attempt to transform the Irish landscape with nature's own carbon captors will see 22 million trees planted every year for the next 20 years.  The ambitious plan is the equivalent of planting more than 6,000 Croke Park pitches every year until 2040.  If successful, the area of land under trees could increase by 20pc to almost one-million hectares, although that would still leave Ireland at the ...
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Which European city hopes to plant three million new trees by 2030?

The Italian city of Milan has ambitious plans to plant three million new trees by 2030, a move that experts say could offer relief from the city’s muggy, sometimes tropical weather. Some ad-hoc projects have already contributed to environmental improvements.  Projects like architect Stefano Boeri’s striking Vertical Forest residential towers, completed in 2014 near the Garibaldi train station, ...
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Positive impact that forests and trees have on Climate and Air Quality

Trees are well known to have a positive climate impact on Climate and Air Quality as they reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere by storing carbon in their woody tissues. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s estimates that one large urban tree can absorb 150kg of carbon dioxide a year, as well as filter some of the airborne pollutants, including fine particulates. A pr...
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Environmental Benefits of Planting Trees

In the article "China to create new forests the size of Ireland", it reports that China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade. Planting trees has become a key part of China’s efforts to improve its environment and tackle climate change, and the government h...
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