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Climate change tree testing begins

Posted on Friday, 30 March, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Scientists in Europe are attempting to determine which trees will thrive during predicted climate change.

Trees from around the world are being planted in test patches in an effort to identify which will survive the best over the coming years and decades as the climate changes. "The kind of information we're getting out of it is going to inform the policy makers and the foresters of the future about the species that they will be able to use," said Chris Jones of the Wales Foresty Commission.

"European forestry scientists have begun a multi-national field trial to identify trees that will thrive as predicted climate change develops."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Pareto on 30 March, 2012, 18:32
Does who will not survive will be cut down and sent to the lumber mill immediately and more couches will be made.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew on 30 March, 2012, 20:44
What tree species will survive? Probably the same species that lived through the last inter-glacial period. If it gets warmer trees will move to higher latitudes or higher altitudes, if it gets colder, the reverse will occur. We think of trees as slow growing because we have a relatively short life span by comparison, however in geologic time they can quickly colonize favorable habitats. The climate is always changing and plants survive the changes; it's called adaptation. The "global warming" seems to have ceased over the last several years. It is not universally accepted that i... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Doug1o29 on 31 March, 2012, 17:37
This is, essentially, a provenance test. These have been going on since forever. Usually it's just to find out what varieties from other areas can survive and do well in this area and vice versa. These are long-term tests. Usually the plantings are left in place for at least a century. Most that have ever been started and not been destroyed by fires or lost road crews are still out there. All that has changed is that they've given them another name: global warming studies. This time, warming is occurring much faster - fast enough that plants and animals aren't moving poleward f... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Alienated Being on 31 March, 2012, 20:33
Warming is occurring much "faster" simply because we do not possess the technological means of measuring temperature variations millions of years in the past - it is occurring much faster than what we have expected it to, but so far, out of all of the papers I have read, and all of the IPCC reports I have consulted, I have found no evidence whatsoever to indicate that we are, beyond a reasonable doubt, the root cause of the warming of the earth - much less the acceleration of the Earth's warming.
Comment icon #5 Posted by mitchall on 13 April, 2012, 14:11
Another 'COSTLY" program using money which i feel sure could actually benefit where it is really needed !

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