Check out what’s happened in forest and environmental news this week!
Colorado State Forest Service: Study shows our forests are in trouble from beetle kill – The Denver Channel
Colorado is currently seeing some of the worst outbreaks of threats from pests. Currently, the spruce beetle is the main culprit; the insect is responsible for the death of more spruce trees in North America than any other natural agent.
Climate-Driven Fires Could Turn Yellowstone Forests to Grassland By Midcentury – Earth Institute, Columbia University
Over the last three decades, the forests of Yellowstone have barely had enough time to recover from fire, let alone adapt to a changing climate.
More trees are the answer to cool down our cities – The Guardian
Leaving trees in the ground and planting new ones could help future proof new development sites against extreme heat.
Study: Climate Change Already Hurting Human Health – WebMD
In addition to threatening forest health, climate change has been described as a “health emergency” for humans, causing injuries, illnesses and deaths.