Extreme heat represents a new threat to trees and plants in the Pacific Northwest – Times of India

Extreme heat represents a new threat to trees and plants in the Pacific Northwest - Times of India

Portland: June 25 to July 2, 2021 Pacific Northwest Record breaking experience. Heat The wave that sent the normally temperate region into extremes such as Death Valley caused heavy damage The tree along with people.
Seattle and Portland, Ore., recorded their hottest temperatures ever, reaching 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 Celsius) and 116 Fahrenheit (46.6 Celsius), respectively. In British Columbia, the small town of Litton reached 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49.6 Celsius).
What is known as “Heat Dome” is estimated to have killed hundreds of people in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
As this human tragedy unfolded, a little-known environmental catastrophe was unfolding, which scientists warn will have dire consequences for the world. Plants And the many species of animals that depend on them.
Within days, the 2021 heat dome turned many green leaves and needles on the region’s trees orange, red and brown.
But, as recent research shows, tree leaves didn’t just dry out in the heat. Instead, it underwent an “extensive burn.”
“A lot of the reddening and browning of the leaves was just the leaves ripening,” said Chris Stull, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and a leading researcher on the effects of heat on trees. was not
Still is part of a growing number of scientists investigating what they say is a new, woefully underestimated threat to the world’s plants: extreme warming driven by climate change.

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