RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.90
The Fortingall Yew, a 5,000-year-old tree in Scotland, is changing from male to female. This year, for the first time, it produced berries instead of pollen. How is that possible? You'll have to read the story to find out!
THE SEX-CHANGING YEW (short article)
Equally amazing is Red Bull's latest video with BMX cyclist Kriss Kyle. Travel deep into a series of optical illusions that are certain to boggle your mind.
As it turns out, humans have underestimated trees completely. Researches have found some amazing specimens among the estimated three trillion that populate the planet, and have noticed what some describe as signs of intelligent life. They argue that coming to a deeper understanding of their ways may even help us solve some of the toughest problems we currently face. A great read!
HUMANS UNDERESTIMATE TREES (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.88
We start off this week with a simple entry: a seriously awesome downhill run on a beautiful mountain by Brandon Semenuk. Smile.
DOWNHILL RUN (video)
Trees have a major impact on urban landscapes. Many people know they provide shade, food, oxygen, and animal habitats, but there are other, lesser known, benefits. Can you guess what they are? HINT: we've posted a couple of related articles in recent weeks.
BENEFITS OF THE URBAN FOREST (article)
Last month, a redesigned intersection opened in Salt Lake City, UT, to the joy of local cyclists. Touted as the best intersection for bikes in the world, this novel idea sprouted from the mind of a professional video game designer. Hopefully, it will be the first of many!
THE BEST INTERSECTION FOR BIKES (photo essay/video)
Feeling a bit lethargic now that fall is in full swing and temperatures have dropped? There's good news! A campaign from National Wildlife Federation is promoting the concept of leaving the leaves, as in, no raking. It's good for the soil, trees, and wildlife. That leaves more time to ride your bike.
DON'T RAKE YOUR LEAVES (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.41
Congratulations to the riders of the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees, who just completed their epic 585-mile week-long ride across Wisconsin! These amazing folks raised a total of $473,883 this year in support of urban tree research and education grants. Their grit, determination, expertise, and passion are qualities we are thankful to regularly welcome on RETREET. Hope to see more of you this coming fall!
Take a look at 16 of the most magnificent trees in the world in a series of stunning photos. Have been lucky enough to see any of them in person? Which is your favorite?
Finally, The FLIZ seems like a return to some of the first iterations of what became the modern bicycles we all know and love. Lacking pedals, it resembles running with wheels. Would you give it a spin?