Ancient Redwoods' Message About Climate Change

Would you climb a 300 foot tree to measure climate change? This week our WEBISODE focuses on some pretty daring work done by a research team from Humboldt State University led by Steve Sillet.

The folks at KQED/Quest uploaded a video showing how Steve and his team climb Redwood giants to measure (literally measure, like, with really long measuring tape) the impact of climate change on Earth’s tallest forest.

These measurements give Sillet and his team a sense of how trees have historically responded to climate change, and what the future looks like for these treasures.

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One team of three elementary school students came up with an idea to build solar trees, winning them 2nd place at the ExploraVision 2011 awards.

IN THE NEWS: What can other forests tell us about climate change? Researchers at the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest say the ring patterns allow the past to help us navigate the future of climate change.

So what do you think nature is telling us about our changing planet?

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