Vast boreal forests transformed by climate change

August 28, 2015

PICS Climate News Scan – August 27 2015 | Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Boreal forests rich with pine, spruce, fir and birch may become savannahs later this century as a result of climate change and other anthropogenic pressures, researchers are projecting, and the changes may happen surprisingly quickly.

If the international community does not manage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sharply and average global temperatures rise 4°C above pre-industrial levels, the temperature change in high latitudes including northern British Columbia and Alaska will be even worse, as high as 11°C, according to a study published this week in a special forest health edition of the journal Science. The researchers say that the boreal forest is expected to experience the greatest temperature shift of all forest biomes.

Source: PICS Climate News Scan – August 27 2015 | Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

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