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Fri, Jan 23, 2009 -- 9:00 AM

Dying Trees, Shifting Seasons and Climate Change


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We discuss two climate change-related studies released this week. First, if your favorite flower is blooming earlier than usual, a new UC Berkeley study may help explain why. Seasons are now arriving two days earlier. Meanwhile, trees in old-growth forests in the Western U.S. are dying at double the usual rate, and researchers say climate change may be to blame.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Craig Miller, senior editor of KQED's Climate Watch
  • Inez Fung, co-author of the seasonal temperature study, professor of earth and planetary science, environmental science, policy and management and co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment at UC Berkeley
  • Phil van Mantgem, research ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and co-leader of the research team that conducted the forest mortality study

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