Global warming fuels bark beetles, tree-killing menaces

Mountain pine beetle damage to a forest in British Columbia. (Photo credit: UBC Micrometeorology / Flickr)

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It’s a good time to be a bug and a bad time to be a tree.

That’s according to Jeff Hicke of the University of Idaho. Based on aerial surveys, he estimates that since 1997, bark beetles have killed more than 5% of the forested area in the western United States.

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Source: Yale Climate Connections

 

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