Editor’s note: The Earth’s warming temperatures are feeding an explosion of pine and spruce beetles across forests in North America, Europe and Siberia.
A host of scientific studies has documented the outbreaks.
And now scientists are warning that some of the affected forest ecosystems may never recover.
Writing for Yale E360, science reporter Cheryl Katz provided a comprehensive review of the science – and the devastation being wrought by the beetles, whose populations thrive in the new, warmer climes. [Read more…]