Today, March 21st, is World Forestry Day!
Did you know that climate change affects the world’s forests, and in turn, their animal inhabitants? Here are several ways that increasing temperatures impact forests:
- Forest fires: Hotter temperatures cause longer summer droughts and drier conditions, increasing the number and frequency of forest fires.
- Forest die-off: The stress from droughts results in increased tree mortality in all major forest types around the world.
- Beetle outbreaks: A greater number of beetle and other insect breakouts is associated with warmer temperatures, which leads to increased destruction of tree bark.
- Leaf growth: As temperatures increase, the timing of when leaves emerge and fall from the trees changes. This impacts carbon storage, water resources, and habitat condition.
Learn more at the USGS blog.