Warming temperatures are creating ‘zombie forests’ in California

Conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California may be on borrowed time due to climate change

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Climate change is creating “zombie forests” in California: These conifer trees are standing for now but may no longer be able to regrow where they used to, a significant threat given the growing frequency of wildfires in the region.

Already, 20 per cent of the Sierra Nevada’s forests are in areas that are no longer suitable. By the turn of the century, that number is projected to double, according to new research …


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