The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us

The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0143120166

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A lushly written, compelling tribute to trees-grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge, and the inspiration for Diana Beresford-Kroeger's documentary, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees

Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger presents an unforgettable and highly original work of natural history with The Global Forest. She explores the fascinating and largely untapped ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees: leaves that can comb the air of particulate pollution, fatty acids in the nuts of hickory and walnut trees that promote brain development, the compound in the water ash that helps prevent cancer, aerosols in pine trees that calm nerves. In precise, imaginative, and poetic prose, she describes the complexity and beauty of forests, as well as the environmental dangers they face. The author's indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees, and at their own connection to the natural world, with newfound awe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

abababababab THE FOREST, THE FAIRY, AND THE CHILD C There is so much to a child. Children are born with knowledge. Each conception confers that knowledge with pairing. It is found in the print of DNA. All that was known before and all that will be needed is fed into that new molecule for this emerging life. Contrary to general opinion that no possessions are carried with us into the next life, all of us do carry something. We leave this life with the full gift of our knowledge of birth together

follows the fairy very slowly and carefully. For some wonderful reason fairies have been held captive by children for over five thousand years, ever since the times of the crannógs, the ring forts of lakes, and the ráth or dún, the dry land forts of the open landscape. These Bronze Age sites of homes, especially in Ireland, carry their own taboos of behavior rich in Irish language, poetry, and ancient wisdom which are still obeyed The Global Forest 43 to this day. They are called fairy

cell. It has its own 71 72 Diana Beresford-Kroeger respiration curve based on the seasons. It has its own investment capital called carbon. These capital reserves are shared with the oceans and atmosphere. They are in flux. As of the last 200 million years much of the carbon reserves have been vaulted in live chloroplasts and also in fossil form. But these are also traded underground in a lively exchange. Sometimes there is a bear market for carbon and other times a bull. All of the excess

temperatures. When the heat units are sufficient the apical meristems of growth unfurl their green flagship to the sun. The leaves, too, reach a rapid maturity for photon trapping. The leafstalks called petioles move, tracking the sun, and the midribs of the leaves are stretched and taut for the photon catch. The roots of these trees bore down into the soil and anchor the canopy in place. These trees have developed their own quirks. The oaks produce their own sunscreen. It functions as a suntanning

a sclerotium. This sclerotium, when opened, exposed a black mass similar to the North American tinder fungus. Fields of rye, Secale cereale, were cut and harvested. They were milled into rye flour and baked into the usual dark rye loaf of bread that was placed for cutting on the kitchen table. Throughout Europe the people who ate this infected bread developed a strange form of gait. They looked for all intents and purposes like people who were continually hopping over a hot fire. So the dance they

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