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Climate Change And Deforestation Mean Earth's Trees Are Younger and Shorter

Added 05-29-20 08:07:02am EST - “A new study finds rising temperatures and climate-driven disasters are helping transform the very makeup of the world's forests. This has major implications for biodiversity and more warming.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Climate Change And Deforestation Mean Earth's Trees Are Younger and Shorter ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The ancient Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were damaged by recent wildfires. A new study finds the world lost roughly one-third of its old growth forest in the past century. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

The ancient Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were damaged by recent wildfires. A new study finds the world lost roughly one-third of its old growth forest in the past century.

Rising temperatures, deforestation, development and climate-induced disasters are transforming the very makeup of the Earth's forests, new research published in the journal Science finds.

Older, bigger trees — stalwarts in their respective ecosystems — are being lost at an alarming rate, making the planet's collective forests shorter and younger.

The shift is being driven at different rates by different causes in different places, the study's authors say, but the consequences will be global.

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