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West’s forests might see century of drought, study finds

August 1, 2012

Full Article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48417397/ns/us_news-environment/#.UBgyM6PN2Q4

By Jesse Emspak

Western forests could be facing a 100-year drought, turning to scrubland by the end of the century – and taking their ability to soak up carbon with them, according to a new study.

The new research, published in Nature Geoscience July 29, suggests the western evergreen forests, which cover an area from southern Canada to northern Mexico, took up a lot less carbon from the atmosphere during the drought that lasted from 2000-2004. That’s normal, and expected. The question is what happens after that.

Full Article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48417397/ns/us_news-environment/#.UBgyM6PN2Q4

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