Annual mortality rates are rising for all major tree species in Europe, which means forests will soak up less carbon and wildfire risks will increase



Environment



15 November 2021

An aerial view of dead spruce trees suffering from drought stress next to green beeches in a forest near Iserlohn, Germany

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A Europe-wide study has found that the drying out of soils across the continent as the planet heats up is leading to the deaths of more and more trees.

“European forests are suffering,” says Jan-Peter George at the University of Tartu in Estonia. “It needs to be made clear to everyone in Europe, regardless of whether you are in the north or the south, that this will become a …

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