Op-Ed: With climate change, we may witness sequoia forests convert to chaparral
By the time the Earth’s atmosphere has been completely altered, the planet could be a lot different. The process of climate change is likely to lead to significant changes to the biodiversity of our planet. The largest of these changes could be the conversion of natural forests to chaparral ecosystems. The change would take place when the trees themselves die, the trees are cut down, and the species they host are taken out of circulation.
The impact of this process on biodiversity is enormous. Trees have been at the forefront of environmental policy and research for decades, and their role in sustaining biodiversity has already been seriously underestimated. The impact of climate change on our ecosystem will be devastating.
At the end of October, the first large increase in global temperatures observed since 1999 was officially recorded. This is the so-called “official” record of global temperature for that year.
This year, we are likely to see a much faster rise in temperatures than the “official” number indicates. During the next few months, the world’s weather will be thrown out of balance. We can and do expect record temperatures, droughts, heatwaves, and storms to become more frequent and severe in the coming summer and fall.
“The planet is experiencing what is now likely to be the most significant global warming in the last 15 million years.”
This is very bad news for our forests. The oceans are already warming. The land has been warming for a long time. This means that the ocean and the land are now combining to bring about an increase in global temperatures. This is the very thing that has been causing this “official” record. The planet is experiencing what is now likely to be the most significant global warming in the last 15 million years.
If this trend continues, even if the planet is still habitable