Gauging the Impact of Warming On Asia’s Monsoons

In Mongolia, U.S. scientists are studying climate clues in ancient tree rings to help answer a crucial question: How will global warming affect Asia’s monsoon rains, which supply water for agriculture and drinking to half the world’s population? READ MORE

 

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A coring sample encased in a plastic drinking straw, which Columbia University scientists use as a sheath to store tree samples in the field. The rings reveal periods of excessive drought or moisture, as pines and other trees grow more in wet years. (Photo courtesy of Christina Larson)

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