The world’s forests are becoming shorter and younger


Forests cover almost one-third of the planet and are host to a huge range of biodiversity but have been altered by human-induced climate change, wood harvesting, and a range of naturally occurring processes, including the increased prevalence of wildfires, are placing trees under enormous stress.

The team of researchers led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in collaboration with the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) assessed the impact of these disturbances on the world’s forests, finding that human-induced climate change is at least partly to blame for a dramatic shift in forest dynamics.

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