Warmer temperatures and droughts may lead to trees drying out faster than they can suck up water. According to an article in Rolling Stone, drought stressed trees have less sap to use to defend themselves from insects. They are also more vulnerable to wildfires. Instead of live tress absorbing carbon, dead trees may release carbon. Fires will release soot, which can lead to more warming. Live forests store about 25 % of greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted on March 23, 2015