I'm also reminded that, in very dry harsh areas, there are fewer and smaller trees, on down to brush and then herbaceous or succulent plants. We may be seeing a shift in forest belts, if some places become less able to support trees. That would be ... bad. Like Sahara bad: most of that desert was once forested.
Climate killing trees twice as fast
OREGON, USA: Old growth trees are dying at twice the rate they were in 1955, scientists say, and they're pointing the finger of blame at climate change and resulting drought.
In a study to published today in the U.S. journal Science a team of researchers led by the U.S. Geological Survey tracked 76 plots, each about 0.8 hectares in size, in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and southwestern British Columbia.