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Trees and climate change: Faster growth, lighter wood: Wood density of European trees decreasing continuously since 1870

Trees and climate change: Faster growth, lighter wood: Wood density of European trees decreasing continuously since 1870

Trees are growing more rapidly due to climate change. This sounds like good news. After all, this means that trees are storing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in their wood and hence taking away the key ingredient in global warming. But is it that simple? A team analyzed wood samples from the oldest existing experimental areas spanning a period of 150 years -- and reached a surprising conclusion.

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