@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
Happy #ArborDay ! I’m @CraigAWelch here to tell you about our May issue—dedicated entirely to forests. Our staff brought it all on this one: the fascinating, the vital, the lovely, the brutal, the depressing, the frustrating, the inspirational.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
This project started w/me. 2 years ago, many forest experts started telling me #climatechange was killing trees all over the world. So we sent writers and 17 photographers to 27 places to investigate. This is me, after jugging 200 ft up a giant sequoia to interview a scientist.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
In many places, including @YellowstoneNPS scientists such as @MonicaGTurner showed us forests are burning but not regenerating on their own. Some instead are transitioning to something new. Some will never be the same. Others may not come back at all. Photo by @SofiaJPhoto
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
What has scientists uneasy is the quickening pulse of extreme events—fire, storms, bug kills, heat and drought, which inflect mass mortality. A study showed this hitting 675 spots around the world. @themappist @snwalljasper @jasontreat @kelseynowa explain
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
10 yrs ago, California’s sequoias—some alive since Aristotle was tutoring Alexander the Great—were thought resilient: impervious to bugs, their bark nearly flame resistant. Researchers were wary but not alarmed. Since 2020, nearly 20% have died in fires.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
One forest ecologist examined the aftermath of 52 fires in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington. Nearly 1/3 that burned since the year 2000 aren’t coming back. “By ‘not recovering,’ I mean not a single tree—not one,” she says.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
This is making forest life unpredictable for wildlife. In Gabon, my colleagues @yudhijit @DoestPhoto found that drying in the Congo may be limiting tree fruit production. That appears to be making rare forest elephants skinnier.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
What can be done? Lots! In Australia @mattabbottphoto spent week after week w/an indigenous community that is limiting huge fires by introducing small ones.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
In tiny, hot, dry Niger, farmers, w/little money and little outside help, grew 200 MILLION new trees. Now, crop yields are up, the ground is more moist, trees are still spreading and other countries are following suit. It's a model for the world.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
Researchers are moving trees from warmer climates in anticipation of a new world, using genetics to build more resilient trees, leaving forests alone to heal, getting creative on replanting techniques. See more here.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
We should all care. Trees do so much for us. Trees feed us + shelter us, give us water and cool air and medicine. We lean on them for wonder and inspiration. Read this wonderful @nadiamdrake masterpiece to see
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
Above all, my reporting on 3 continents, talking to dozens of experts shows: We have to stop cutting old-growth and quickly wean ourselves off fossil fuels. We can change course and save what we love.
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@NatGeo
National Geographic
a month ago
I love the Hoh Rainforest, in Washington State (pictured below). Do you have a favorite tree? #ArborDay
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