Climate Change, Wildfire, and the Future of Forests

This article discusses new research on 1,500 Rocky Mountain forests that had been burned by wildfires. They found that most of the woods aren’t recovering after the blaze—and in some cases, they’re not returning at all. The culprit? A warming planet.

Here’s another unsettling effect of climate change: many forests of the Rocky Mountains aren’t recovering after wildfires burn them. In some cases, the forests aren’t returning at all. That’s the conclusion of a study by several researchers that appeared in the journal Ecology Letters in February. As the planet warms, the finding could be relevant to forests beyond the Rockies.

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