U.S. Megadrought a Bad Omen for Forests Globally

Scientists studying a prolonged and severe drought in the southwestern U.S. say that extensive damage done to trees in that region portends what lies in store as other forests worldwide face rising temperatures, diminished rainfall, and devastating fires. READ MORE

 

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A shoot appears beneath a tree charred by the 2011 Las Conchas fire in New Mexico. Scientists are studying megadroughts in the southwestern U.S. in the hopes of understanding how climate change could effect forests worldwide and what steps can be taken to help woodlands survive in regions facing increasingly inhospitable conditions. (Photo by Sally King/NPS)

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