Climate Change

Smithsonian scientists launch 100-year project to examine the future of forests

Smithsonian scientists have embarked on an ambitious journey and none of them will be around to see the results. A century from now researchers will gather data from a forest in Maryland to see how, during the previous 100 years, varying levels of species diversity affected its development and how the forest reacted to climate change.

National Fish Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy released

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a comprehensive, multi-partner response to the threat of climate change in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, & Marine Resources (representing state fish and wildlife agencies more broadly) co-led development of the Strategy.

2012 drought kills hundreds of thousands of trees across Midwest

Hundreds of thousands of trees died in the historic drought of 2012, and many more will succumb in the next few years, scientists say.

“This is just beginning,” said Janna Beckerman, a plant pathologist at Indiana’s Purdue University. “I suspect we’ll see trees still dying for the next two or three years.” Some trees reached a threshold from which they can’t recover — especially older, larger trees.