USA-FORESTS/ASPEN – SAD – mitigate global warming

Sudden Aspen Decline (SAD) seen throughout the Rocky Mountain States

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Date: 04-Sep-09
Country: US
Author: U.S. Forest Service/Handout

To Match Feature USA-FORESTS/ASPEN Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Aspen trees in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho are seen in this undated photograph.

The American West is losing its autumn colors as global warming begins to bite and there is far more at stake than iconic scenery.

Aspen, the white-barked trees with golden leaves that gave their name to the famed Colorado ski resort, have been dying off across the Rocky Mountain states.

The die-off is puzzling but some foresters point to climate change.

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