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What is a Forest Dieback?

 , updated on July 23, 2023
Forest dieback is when a large number of trees or an entire forest suddenly dies often without an obvious cause. Factors that may lead to forest diebacks include drought, temperature changes, pathogens, parasites or pollution such as acid rain. In many cases, a forest dieback occurs for a single species of tree across vast regions. As forests perform an important function in absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, a large scale forest dieback could trigger a tipping point in global warming.
Overview: Forest Dieback
Type
Definition
A large scale loss of trees often with unknown causes.
Risk
Triggering a vicious cycle related to the environment such as climate change that causes diebacks that cause more climate change.
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