News of the WeekEcology

Western U.S. Forests Suffer Death by Degrees

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  23 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5913, pp. 447
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5913.447

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Mortality rates in seemingly healthy conifer stands have doubled in the past several decades, and often, new trees aren't replacing dying ones, forest ecologists report on page 521 of this issue of Science. Warmer temperatures and subsequent water shortfalls are the likely cause of the trees' increased death rate, they say.