10 Sep '12, 12am

Climate change causing forest die-off globally

Climate change causing forest die-off globally

mongabay.com September 09, 2012 In the past 20 years, extensive forest death triggered by hot and dry climatic conditions has been documented on every continent except Antarctica, finds new review. Redwood forest in Marin, CA. The incidence and severity of forest fires in the Western United States has increased since 2000. Already facing an onslaught of threats from logging and conversion for agriculture, forests worldwide are increasingly impacted by the effects of climate change, including drought, heightened fire risk, and disease, putting the ecological services they afford in jeopardy, warns a new paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change . The study, authored by William Anderegg of Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University and Jeffrey Kane and Leander Anderegg of Northern Arizona University, reviews dozens of scientific papers dealing with th...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0909-forests-and-climate.html

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