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Some trees can make droughts worse

When budgets get tight, some people get thrifty and others get spending. Turns out, trees are much the same: while certain plants handle hot and dry spells by being frugal about their water usage, others ramp up the amount of moisture they suck out of soil and release into the air. This can actually make droughts more intense, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  "It's like burning through your bank account very quickly," says William Anderegg, a co-author of the paper and University of Utah biologist. This isn't the first study suggesting the relationship between trees and climate goes both ways. Researchers have found that trees in the Amazon rainforest generate their own clouds and rain, for example, and that deforestation impacts local weather.  Read more....

 

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