Climate change is uprooting trees across the eastern United States.
Dozens of species are shifting west and north of their usual locations as average temperatures and rainfall patterns change, researchers found.
Oak, maple, and other deciduous trees are primarily heading westward as they follow changes in moisture availability, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances. Evergreens like firs and pines are shifting northward in search of cooler climes.
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“It is not future predictions,” Songlin Fei, the study’s lead author and a Purdue University professor, said in a press release. Read more…
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