Monday, June 22, 2020

forests feel the heat

Around the world, people are planting trees and fighting to stop deforestation in the hope that the carbon capturing magic of forests might save us from the worst of the climate disaster we're causing. But what if the forests themselves can't stand the heat? In my latest forest-y feature I looked at a new paper that found some resilience but also a new tipping point for tropical forests, and also at forests that are already dying from causes related to climate change, eg in Germany.

The feature is out now:

Forests in a warming world

Current Biology Volume 30, Issue 12, 22 June 2020, Pages R677-R679
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Dying forests in the Harz mountains, Germany, in 2019. (Photo: Hugh Llewelyn/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).)

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