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Saturday 20 December  

Earth Beat - Trees

On air: 4 May 2012 3:00 (Photo: Freesolo Photography)

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Earth Beat, 4 May 2012. We go all arborophile, or tree-hugger, as we celebrate the joys of tree. What we use them for, how to climb them, how to chuck them out of an aeroplane… In-tree-gued? Listen to the show for more bad puns and all things tree.

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Treeverse in action
Treeverse in action
Treeverse - listen in new player

Ever wondered what it feels like to be a monkey?

Well you could do worse than ask Brian French or Will Koomjian.

Because these avid arborists recently crossed a forest without touching the ground. View photos.

They told host Marnie Chesterton why it took five days to traverse – or Treeverse – a kilometre through an oak forest in Oregon.

Read more at the Ascending the Giants website.

The Bos - Amsterdam's huge city forest
The Bos - Amsterdam's huge city forest
Tree-love - listen in new player

Diana Beresford-Kroeger has written a book - The Global Forest - about why we should love trees. She speaks to Marnie about it and about whether or not she’s a tree-hugger.

Blood, sweat and soil - listen in new player

As a response to the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Amsterdam city council created a plan to tackle the shortage of jobs in the city – twenty thousand people were employed to build a huge city forest - the Amsterdam Bos. Earth Beat producer Louise Stoddard talks to forester Pieter Rust. View photos.

Treebombing - listen in new player

Can we use the technology of war to sow something other than the seeds of destruction? Tree-Bombing is an idea first developed by a former British RAF pilot called Jack Walters. Saplings grown in canisters are dropped from planes over areas in need of massive reforestation. Moshe Alamaro is the scientist at MIT who is continuing Jack’s work.

Ayoreo families have settled in Zapoco village, South East Bolivia and survive b
Ayoreo families have settled in Zapoco village, South East Bolivia and survive by logging
Keeping the dry forest - listen in new player

The Ayoreo are nomadic hunters that roam the massive dry forest of South America. Until the 1950s they had no contact with the outside world, but in the last few decades a few have been brought to villages by missionaries. They’re now making money by felling trees.

Reporter Jean Friedman-Rudovsky went to meet some to find out how they’re doing this without destroying the forest. View photos.

More: Time Magazine - Can Bolivia Harvest Its Forests Sustainably?

  • The world&#039;s largest tree house, Crossville, Tennessee. Built by Horrace Burges<br>&copy; Obvious -
  • Treeverse in action<br>&copy; Treeverse -
  • Treeverse in action<br>&copy; Treeverse -
  • The Bos - Amsterdam&#039;s huge city forest<br>&copy; RNW/Louise Stoddard -
  • Louise Stoddard interviewing forester Pieter Rust<br>&copy; RNW/Louise Stoddard -
  • Planting the Amsterdam Bos in the 1930s<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Planting the Amsterdam Bos in the 1930s<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Planting the Amsterdam Bos in the 1930s<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Planting the Amsterdam Bos in the 1930s<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Amsterdammers enjoy the Bos<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Zapoco villager Noine Picanerai<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Ayoreo families have settled in Zapoco village, South East Bolivia and survive by logging<br>&copy; RNW -
  • Noine Picanerai amid scenes of deforestation in South East Bolivia&#039;s dry forest<br>&copy; RNW -


Marianne Mueller 8 May 2012 - 8:16pm / US

Your story on Diana B-K and her forest/garden blew me away, delighted me and I hope I can visit the plants she is growing. Also, your stories are excellently written, both as narrative and as Q&A. Truly my favorite podcast, or anyway, tied with Harry Shearer's Le Show. Also people need to lighten up about Tree Bombs. I think most people get it that it's about planting trees, not bombing the planet. You know they always say, people are always talking about trees, and now someone's doing something about it. Yeah trees!

BP 5 May 2012 - 11:09pm / USA

There seems to be two points to this reporter:
1........Bombs are a political agenda for her when inaccurately reporting.

2......Clue to her: Seeding/reforesting from air used in USA for decades to successfully WORK on forest fire devasted lands

3.........The bombing packets she forces on the interviewee might well well be a new approach

4.....Turning trees into politics at her hands may well be another reason for the RN buget cuts. Congradulations to her? I think not.


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