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Climate Change Will Destroy American Forests, New Study Finds

01 Mar 2011  |   Daniel Jacobs

Tags: Climate Change

A new study by forestry researchers at Oregon State University and the Department of Forest Resource Management at the University of British Columbia finds that rising temperatures, drought, and pest infestation caused by climate change will reduce the North American lodgepole pine population by nearly 10% in 2020.

The study--along with the 2010 climate-created spruce beetle outbreak that killed over 100,000 per day across 210,000 acres of land--highlights the adverse effects of climate change on American ecosystems.

Richard Waring, an emeritus professor of forest science at Oregon State University who contributed to the new report affirmed:

"For skeptics of climate change, it's worth noting that the increase in vulnerability of lodgepole pine we've seen in recent decades is made from comparisons with real climatic data and is backed up with satellite observations showing major changes on the ground"

The scientific study's release coincides with recent policy initiatives taken by members of the House of Representatives to strip billions of dollars from climate change research and conservation efforts.

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