Water stress makes trees more susceptible to beetle infestation. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Climate change means that, on average, the summers will be warmer, and with warmer temperatures there will be less water available for plants. A world-wide study has found that most forest tree species operate within a very narrow window for water stress, making them and the associated ecosystems highly vulnerable to global warming. Read more about this study here.

Additionally, new research suggests that pine beetles that benefit from trees’ water stress are now contributing to global warming. Learn why here.