19 Jul '12, 1am

Borneo's forests face dire future from global warming

Borneo's forests face dire future from global warming

Dim outlook for Borneo's rainforests? Already wracked by extensive deforestation and forest degradation, the future looks grim for Borneo's tropical rainforests, reports a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences . Combining historical records with field observations and global climate models Tomo'omi Kumagai and Amilcare Porporato of Duke University find that an sharp increase in drought conditions — a product of warmer temperatures in the Indian Ocean and higher frequency of el Niño events — will make it more difficult for Borneo's rainforest tree species to survive. "As El Niño events become more frequent in the future in response to warming in the tropical oceans, even the species of trees that can adapt to drought conditions will be at increased risk of dying off," stated a press release from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). "The ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0718-borneo-global-warming....

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