Future of the Environment

How huge forest of ‘art deco streetlamps’ sparked transformation of life on Earth – and carries a message for us today

A spruce forest attacked by engrave beetles (Scolytidae) is seen at the Czech Republic's Sumava National Park, June 4, 2011. World Environment Day dedicated to forest, celebrated on June 5, is to raise worldwide awareness for environmental protection and motivate action towards a cleaner and greener future, according to the United Nations Environment Programme website.   REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E7650AY201

250,000 square metres of fossilised lycopsid trees have been found in Xinhang, China. Image: REUTERS/Petr Josek

Jan Zalasiewicz
Senior Lecturer in Palaeobiology, , University of Leicester
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The extinct guangdedendron tree.
The extinct guangdedendron tree. Image: Zhenzhen Deng
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Fossilised guangdedendrons. Image: Deming Wang and Le Liu
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