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    Jessica Colarossi

    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

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There are 8 comments on City Trees and Soil Are Sucking More Carbon Out of the Atmosphere Than Previously Thought

  1. Trees grow faster without competition, but rapid growth is weak. Trees that grow fast die fast. Old growth is the best solution. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any shortcuts or alternatives to a human presence with a much less injurious footprint on nature.

  2. In Pittsfield Berkshire County we have an urban forest in Springside Park which provides a tremendous amount of carbon sequestration and storage in the 231 acres of oak hickory and maple. But the eco-services being provided by this Urban Forest are being threatened by mountain bikers which are dismantling the trails, scaring away wildlife and fragmenting the forest ecology.

  3. Why are not grassroots and citizens creating facebook, nextdoor and other social media networks about actual actions for us to effectively contribute to forestation or reforestation. Finding information is not easy and then there are no local groups -that I have found- actively working on mitigation or “solutions”
    Anyone knows of a national or state base program or networks in MD or DC?

  4. In Massachusetts tree cutting is a big problem. It escalated rapidly starting sometime in 2015 – number of tree-cutters exploded, and now most of big, mature trees are gone everywhere – along the roads (asphalt is exposed to sun all day, biking become heat-stroke dangerous), on private properties, in the parks and reservations (they started it, I think). And I can’t find out why – there used to be laws protecting trees, and now they leave dry trees standing, but destroy healthy trees, I wrote every local organization I could think of, asking what laws had been changed, and the reply was – nothing is going on, nothing to see here.
    I think strategic cutting the shade trees along the roads greatly contributed to 2020 and 2022 droughts on North-East. Prevailing winds and typical North Eastern air-flows had been altered as result of excessive exposure of roads to solar radiation. It feels deliberate, but I can’t find who or what is behind it.

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