Piñon Pines (left) and Juniper Trees (right)
Piñon Pines (left) and Juniper Trees (right) are struggling to survive due to climate change.

Climate Change Threatens Iconic Desert Trees in the Southwest

Climate change is threatening the survival of piñon pines and juniper trees in the Southwest's deserts, according to a study by the University of California Riverside. As temperatures rise and moisture falls, the iconic trees have migrated to higher elevations, leaving former forests open for weed species to colonize. This transformation has significant implications for the ecosystem's ability to capture and retain carbon.


Desert Trees: What Trees Grow in the Desert?

Deserts are highly inhospitable environments were vegetation struggles to grow, but desert trees have adapted to survive and thrive in arid and semi-arid regions with little water and high temperatures. These trees have undergone a number of adaptations that allow them to survive in these harsh conditions, such as deep…


The Woman Who Turned a Desert Green

A 57-year old woman from China named Yin Yuzhen has succeeded in the remarkable task of creating a thriving ecological park in one of the country's four major deserts, the Mu Us Desert in Inner Mongolia. Over the span of 35 years, Yin has successfully planted over 300.000 native plants…


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