More about the wonder of trees

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Hardwood trees, like this magnificent red maple at the Thielke Arboretum, continually adapt to the conditions around them.

As reported in the NY Times, a new study in Nature indicates that trees in temperate forests may adapt to climate change better than previously expected. It was feared that increased temperatures would cause trees to release greatly increased amounts of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere during their normal process of respiration. It now appears, however, that trees will increase the amount of carbon dioxide they emit by only around 5 percent, less than one-fifth of the expected amount. That means that less carbon will be released into the atmosphere than previously expected.

Aren’t trees wonderful?

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