Climate Change: Beetle May Doom Rugged Pine

The Miami Herald2011-11-13:                      SAWTOOTH RIDGE, Wash. — The bug lady scoots through stick-straight lodgepole and ponderosa, and marches uphill toward the gnarled trunk of a troubled species: the whitebark pine. The ghostly conifers found on chilly, wind-swept peaks like this may well be among the earliest victims of a warming climate. Even in the Northwest, rising temperatures at higher elevations have brought hundreds of thousands of whitebark pines in contact with a deadly predator – the mountain pine beetle – that is helping drive this odd tree toward extinction….                     more »

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~ by narhvalur on November 13, 2011.

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