Will We Lose Fall Foliage to Climate Change?

Will We Lose Fall Foliage to Climate Change?
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The changing of leaves from green to red, gold, and orange is a landmark event in fall. For trees, this is more than just a season of beauty, as it pauses photosynthesis and begins the storage of nutrients for the winter. But climate change could alter the details of this seasonal phenomenon.

A team of researchers, led by Allison Gill, conducted a meta-analysis using data from deciduous forests across the northern hemisphere to determine how the timing of leaf coloration is changing, and what cascading effects this may have on forests.

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