These maps show how alarmingly fast California is losing trees as climate warms

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California’s forests are in rapid retreat, which bodes ill for the future. Using satellite data, researchers from the University of California, Irvine found that trees in the state’s mountainous regions declined 6.7 percent between 1985 and 2021 thanks to wildfires, drought and other climate-related sources of stress. The drop was even steeper in the Sierra Nevada, which suffered 8.8% tree ...

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