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Rivers in the Sky—Trees Help Fight Fires

Losing these trees is a problem in several ways. A Yale Report shows how important trees are in combatting fires.

“Every tree in the forest is a fountain, sucking water from the ground through its roots and releasing vapor into the atmosphere through pores in its foliage.” The report suggests that “as we shave the planet of trees, this massive deforestation could disrupt the movement of water in the atmosphere, which can cause major shifts in precipitation thousands of miles away. This, researchers say, could lead to drought in key agricultural areas in China, India, and the U.S. Midwest, dry up the Nile, or even hobble the Asian monsoon.”

Writer Fred Pearce explains it more fully at e360.yale.edu/features or go here Read Pearce’s report.

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