An international team has pulled together what it says is the first global assessment of tree deaths linked with drought and heat stress. They cite 88 cases since 1970 on six continents. In the
The team concludes that similar forest losses could become more widespread as climate change continues, threatening forest ecology, biodiversity, timber production, watershed integrity, recreational use, and aesthetic qualities.
- "A Global Overview of Drought and Heat-induced Tree Mortality Reveals Emerging Climate Change Risks for Forests," Allen et al., Forest Ecology and Management, online
Oct. 21, 2009; Oct. 26, 2009, press release; Craig Allen, 505-672-3861 x541.
The team of 20 researchers represents