Climate Change And Deforestation Mean Earth’s Trees Are Younger And Shorter

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Article by Nathan Rott, NPR

The forests of today will not be the forests of tomorrow.

Rising temperatures, deforestation, development and climate-induced disasters are transforming the very makeup of 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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