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Certain Tree Species Are More Susceptible to Death by Lightning

Expected increases in lightning strikes due to climate change could alter the botanical composition of tropical forests.

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Climate Change Likely to Slow Plant Growth in Northern Hemisphere

Margaret Osborne | Jun 14, 2022 | 2 min read

While the higher temperatures and CO2 levels associated with climate change currently fuel plant productivity, a study finds that changing conditions could take a toll on photosynthesis rates in regions outside the Arctic within a decade.

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Amazon Rainforest Nearing Savannah “Tipping Point”

Christie Wilcox, PhD | Mar 8, 2022 | 3 min read

Half or more of the world’s largest forest is in danger of transitioning into grassland, researchers say.

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More Than 9,000 Tree Species Await Scientific Description

Christie Wilcox, PhD | Feb 1, 2022 | 2 min read

A new study of tree biodiversity estimates that Earth boasts 14 percent more tree species than previous efforts have identified.

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Book Excerpt from Finding the Mother Tree

Suzanne Simard | May 1, 2021 | 4 min read

In the book’s introduction, “Connections,” Suzanne Simard relates how her “perception of the woods has been turned upside down.”

Opinion: Western Canada Must Stop Clearcutting Its “Mother” Trees

Suzanne Simard and Teresa Ryan | May 1, 2021 | 4 min read

Feeding the world’s insatiable appetite for wood products is sacrificing the future of a crucial ecosystem.

Forest Fungi Ride Out Wildfires by Hiding Inside Plants

Annie Greene | Apr 1, 2020 | 6 min read

Researchers uncover the “body-snatching” tactics of fungi that flourish immediately after wildfires.

Interactive Infographic: How Salt Transforms Coastal Forests

Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2020 | 3 min read

Rising sea levels are pushing salty tides and storm surges farther inland, leading to the forest death and a shift from forested habitats to marsh.

Climate Change Is Killing East Coast Forests

Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2020 | 10+ min read

As the salty Atlantic Ocean pushes farther inland, forests are turning to marsh. Some scientists want to speed the transition.

Image of the Day: Changing Forests

Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019 | 1 min read

Carbon dioxide and temperature need to increase in a constant ratio for plants to keep up with climate change.

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Researchers Find Flaws in High-Profile Study on Trees and Climate

Katarina Zimmer | Oct 17, 2019 | 5 min read

Four independent groups say the work overestimates the carbon-absorbing benefits of global forest restoration, but the authors insist their original estimates are accurate.

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Image of the Day: Tree Hugger

Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 29, 2019 | 1 min read

Water flows between a dead-looking stump and nearby trees on an alternating schedule.

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Browsing Deer Affect How A Forest Sounds

Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2019 | 3 min read

Changes in the auditory environment as a result of herbivory could influence how animals communicate, and may have implications for sound-based monitoring of species.

Climate Change Impairs Trees’ Recovery from Wildfires

Kerry Grens | Mar 12, 2019 | 1 min read

Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir are less able to regenerate in the face of climate change, and some areas have already “crossed a critical climate threshold.”

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Infographic: How Forests Survive the Storm

Amber Dance | Feb 1, 2019 | 2 min read

Trees are resilient, but researchers wonder if climate change will outpace their adaptations.

How Trees Fare in Big Hurricanes

Amber Dance | Feb 1, 2019 | 10+ min read

Forests are resilient, but researchers wonder if climate change will outpace their adaptations.

Deforestation Tied to Changes in Disease Dynamics

Katarina Zimmer | Jan 29, 2019 | 8 min read

Numerous studies link habitat destruction to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, but the relationship isn’t always clear.

A Mysterious Disease Is Killing Beech Trees

Carolyn Wilke | Jan 22, 2019 | 4 min read

Scientists suspect the rapidly spreading beech leaf disease is due to an unidentified microbe.

Diverse Forests Are Better at Accumulating Carbon

Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2018 | 2 min read

A higher species richness could boost plant communities’ ability to mitigate climate change, a study suggests.

Huge Arthropod Declines Documented in Puerto Rican Rainforest

Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 16, 2018 | 2 min read

The study authors attribute the decreases to climate change.

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