Giant Redwoods Survived Excessive Logging; But Can They Survive Climate Change? (Video)

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The giant redwoods of the California coast survived logging, barely. Only about 5% of the ancient redwoods made it through the logging of the old-growth forests. Now, scientists are studying if they will make it through the shifting climate of our planet over the next few decades. A beautiful video by KQED explores the topic.

As the video states, redwoods depend on coastal fog for up to 40% of their water intake, but over the last few decades, the fog has declined by as much as 30%. This means a significant source of water for redwoods is disappearing as our climate warms and weather shifts. This lack of fog, along with other environmental stressors including pollution, is causing serious concern about the future of these mammoths and ancient trees, and importantly, the future generations of these trees that are just getting started. Save The Redwoods writes,

"[T]hroughout the current redwood range, we are experiencing temperature increases, less coastal fog, reductions in snowpack and earlier snowmelt. Climate change will interact with many other stressors that the redwoods had not experienced before the Industrial Revolution... Today, redwoods stand at a critical point. The current and projected interactions of these stressors jeopardize more than 90 years of League conservation work. We must act today to protect redwoods from these threats in the future."