Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

December 19, 2014 by  
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  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist reports that snow is very important for the health of trees because it acts like a layer of insulation to protect their roots from the cold northern winters. Studying a stand of 47-year-old Norwegian spruce trees in Eastern Finland for two seasons revealed to the Finnish Forest Research Institute (FFRI) that a thinner snowpack had negative consequences for the trees. Sirkka Sutinen and fellow researchers from the FFRI simulated the effects of thin snowpacks and discovered that when thaws were delayed until mid summer, buds opened much later and created smaller needles. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas trees , Climate Change , conifer , coniferous trees , conifers , evergreen trees , evergreens , Finland , Finland evergreen trees , Finland snowfall , global warming , norway , Norway Spruce , reduced snowfall , scandinavia , Scandinavian , snow , snowfall , spruce bark beetle , spruce beetle , spruce tree damage , spruce trees , Trees

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

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The America’s Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast  attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana revealed the need for the scientific community to communicate with the private sector and encourage investment in imperative coastal restoration projects. Read the rest of Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coastal business , coastal clean up , coastal oil spill , coastal restoration , gulf coast business , gulf coast clean up , gulf coast oil , gulf coast oil spill , gulf coast restoration , louisiana , louisiana oil spill , oil cleanup , oil spill cleanup

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