A new study suggests that the threat to biodiversity is intensifying due to climate change, and it could mean that the United States should focus more on protecting its own climate-affected forests and grasslands.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that climate change could push the forests, grasslands and other habitat of the U.S. northward and into a more extreme state of degradation.
The researchers analyzed satellite images of more than 2,500 forest landscapes and found that they were more likely to be “desertified” under extreme warming than in the past.
The findings come as President Donald Trump’s administration is working to approve a rule to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2025, and Congress is working on an emergency spending bill to help the economy recover from the recession.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, says that the U,S.
Forest Service’s efforts to protect the environment may not be enough.
Researchers said the climate change threat is expected to be worse in the next century, but they said the agency could still reduce the damage caused by extreme weather and drought.
The research found that the warming caused by climate change was already being felt in the U’s forestlands.
The researchers say that increased temperatures will make forestlands drier and the canopy of these forests will begin to wither, as the trees absorb more moisture from the air.
“It is likely that the extent and intensity of climate change will increase over the coming decades, with more frequent and longer droughts and increased heat waves, as well as increased wildfires, and potentially more extreme weather events,” lead researcher and Berkeley professor Michael Mann said in a statement.
“Such impacts are likely to have adverse impacts on the ecosystem, and therefore to human health and welfare.”
The researchers noted that forests are also experiencing a rapid decline in the amount of carbon dioxide they store.
Climate change will likely have a negative impact on carbon sequestration and climate resilience, the researchers said.