“The last remaining old-growth redwood trees along the California coast and in the Sierra are in the midst of a growth spurt the likes of which has never been seen before, a climate research study revealed Wednesday,” as the S.F. Chronicle reports.
“The ancient trees produced more wood over the past century than they have during any other time in their life, a stretch that dates back, in at least one case, a thousand years before the birth of Christ, according to a study released by the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative.
“The growth trend has actually accelerated over the past few decades, said the scientists from UC Berkeley and Humboldt State University who conducted the four-year study.
“‘It shows these trees are being impacted by something in the environment,’ said Emily Burns, director of science for Save the Redwoods League, the San Francisco nonprofit that is managing the initiative. ‘Our hypothesis is that it’s because it is warmer. That lengthens the growth season.’”
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