Top Science of 2013
Tree death worldwide linked to warming climate
Trees dying at alarming rates is no small concern: trees absorb one-third of human carbon dioxide emissions, and they release this greenhouse gas at death. Our scientists study why and where trees are dying and how their death is caused by a changing climate—and vice versa.
Using the first globally comprehensive data set and our global monitoring system, we predict losses of many forests worldwide by 2100 and discovered wildfires caused by climate change add to the global-warming problem in a dangerous cycle.
Read more about trees, drought research and climate change at Los Alamos:
- Video: global warming accelerates tree death
- Nature climate change features Los Alamos forest research
- Climate change cripples forests
- Los Alamos National Laboratory top science news of 2012
- Our dying global forest: 1663 Science and Technology Magazine
- The Big Thaw: 1663 Science and Technology Magazine (pdf)