Recent research yields a troubling conclusion ensuring that forests present on our planet are becoming less lush and younger due to climate changeAnd that will be detrimental in the long term to our social welfare.
A new study sheds light on the fact that our planet’s forests are transforming in response to a combination of human actions and natural processes such as forest fires, causing them to lose their oldest trees and be less lush.
Forests are becoming less frequent despite the fact that they host a wide variety of life and also plant species that help our planet to have good lungs thanks to its ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and capture it in solid state as biomass.
However, due to both climate change and logging and various processes, forests around the world are being put under strain, and a new global study that has used satellite observations and examined more than 160 articles on the impact of climate change, has come to the conclusion that our forests are less and less lush and with younger trees.
So comparing them to what our forests were like a century ago and how they are now, it has been concluded that they are less lush and with younger trees, with what the lungs of the Earth would have worsened in the last 100 years.
For this, the research has discussed three conditions to dictate the dynamics of what is a healthy forest how is he recruitment, which is the influx of new seedlings that will one day become young trees; He too increase, which is an indicator of the net increase in biomass; and finally the mortality, which is the loss of a plant’s ability to reproduce.
In the old days, there was a balance between these three factors, but now man and climate change are questioning it. So the rise in global temperatures, makes photosynthesis of trees and plants much more difficult, which is killing the trees much more than before, and is also making it difficult for them to regenerate and grow. The latter has caused forests to be less lush as these trees are smaller and less tall.
Also these high temperatures are influencing in which there is a greater number of droughts per year, which is causing greater stress in these trees and some die directly.
In conclusion it is collected that the continuous transformation of forests will be accompanied by a loss of biodiversity, as changes in this habitat will make life more difficult for animals living in these previously heavily forested areas.