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‘Firmageddon’: Oregon conifers suffer record die-off as climate crisis hits hard

Scientists have discovered a record number of dead fir trees in Oregon, in a foreboding sign of how drought and the climate crisis are ravaging the American west.

A recent arial survey found that more than a million acres of forest contain trees that have succumbed to stressors exacerbated by a multi-year drought. Images released by the US forest service show Oregon’s lush green expanses dotted with ominous swathes of red.

Ominous swaths of red dot Oregon’s green expanses where the fir trees have died. Photograph: Pinyon Public

Afbeelding: Pinyon Public

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