Take Two for November 30, 2012

How the tiny Mountain Pine Beetle is contributing to global warming

Mountain Pine Beetle

USDA Forest Service

USDA Forest Service image of a Mountain Pine Beetle.

The mountain pine beetle is the size of a grain of rice, but it has recently destroyed large swaths of forests in the US and Canada.

New research has found that not only is the pest spreading thanks to climate change induced warmer winters, once it kills a forest that area tends to heat up contributing to more overall warming.


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