Two pieces of bad news:
- Mountain pine beetles, whose range is expanding due to warmer winters, are beginning to infest jack pines as well as lodgepole pines. To understand the danger from this transition, one only needs to look at the range maps for each species:
A study from Molecular Ecology, published last April, has the details.
- Arctic sea ice extent was either the lowest on record or the second lowest on record, depending on how you collect and analyze the data. Sea ice volume, a much more important metric for climate change, was the lowest on record:
And one piece of good news:
- Our abstract was accepted to AGU! I have been wanting to go to this conference for two years, and now I will get to!