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American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

Original story at The Atlantic• 77 mentions • 5 months ago

The Atlantic 5 months ago

 
As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further north (away from the tropics) and higher in elevation (away from the warm ground). A new survey of how tree populations have shifted over the past three decades finds that this effect is already in action. But there’s a twist: Even more than moving poleward, trees are moving west. About three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests—including white oaks, sugar maples, and ...
 
 
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05 Jul
Eva Alloza @EvaAlloza
American Trees Are Moving West and No One Knows Why. #ClimateChange explains only 20% of the movement https://t.co/Pj6XNWCGH2 @AndreuEscriva
05 Jul
Betty Tuininga @BJTuininga
RT @RuthHHopkins: They're coming here to join the movement https://t.co/ibL48Kmkwo
05 Jul
Antonio Peixinho @biodieselbrazil
RT @RuthHHopkins: They're coming here to join the movement https://t.co/ibL48Kmkwo
05 Jul
Leslie SayimaDreamer @earthspeakorg
RT @RuthHHopkins: They're coming here to join the movement https://t.co/ibL48Kmkwo
05 Jul
Stephanie CrowHawk @CrowHawk
RT @RuthHHopkins: They're coming here to join the movement https://t.co/ibL48Kmkwo
04 Jul
CrabDiving Podcast @CrabDiving
Here's more #climatechange evidence, not that our gov't gives a crap. #Trees #environment #nature #G20 https://t.co/TkYY5i7Vuk
28 Jun
Gary Null @drgarynull
American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/3ETz2aeoVN
15 Jun
Oli Young 🏳️‍🌈 @oliyoung
America's trees are moving west because of climate change https://t.co/yR1to2pqXn
13 Jun
Swallow the Music @swallowthemusic
American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/DCs74v2rQV
12 Jun
kottke.org @kottke
American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/9HzSgbsJpo
11 Jun
P. F. Anderson @pfanderson
Climate Change Is Forcing Trees to Move Northwest - The Atlantic https://t.co/AM2JTzsx0A
01 Jun
ForestStewardsGuild @forestguild
American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/sZ7Z6Gu5SK
22 May
gallizio @gallizio
A good paper raises a lot of questions, answers notwithstanding - reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/fa4f0SqQPq
22 May
Matt Davio @MissTrade
American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/pz0kyUKb6d https://t.co/yhVnsVoeTX
21 May
Steve Batchelder @stevebatchelder
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/0oWGECF8H2
21 May
Dylan Reid @dylan_reid
RT @PlacesJournal: America’s Trees Are Moving West https://t.co/FBL35zOqAK @TheAtlantic @yayitsrob via #PlacesWire
20 May
Gerrit van Eijk @gquerci
RT @RnfrstAlliance: Wow. Trees are amazing, and there's still so much we don't know. https://t.co/0c6WtFqBKp via @TheAtlantic
20 May
Carja @_Carja
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/iMXoMDgxqx
20 May
NJ Tree Foundation @NJTrees
RT @ZulaQi: "American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why" @NJTrees https://t.co/9PIDAQ22sP
20 May
Green Seattle @greenseattle
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/L7APsmLt42 @yayitsrob
20 May
EDF @EnvDefenseFund
Trees are already moving to adapt to climate change – but not in the direction scientists predicted. https://t.co/hfnZKQJ84Y
20 May
Places Journal @PlacesJournal
America’s Trees Are Moving West https://t.co/FBL35zOqAK @TheAtlantic @yayitsrob via #PlacesWire
19 May
Rainforest Alliance @RnfrstAlliance
Wow. Trees are amazing, and there's still so much we don't know. https://t.co/0c6WtFqBKp via @yayitsrob
19 May
Joseph Uranowski @Uranowski
It's either for a moot or to lay siege to Isengard https://t.co/qIxCg3sV90
19 May
Raymond @Ojibray
Climate Change Is Forcing Trees to Move Northwest - The Atlantic https://t.co/TtER20Hp5x
19 May
Chris Boese @ChrisBoese
Last march of the Ents. America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/OT1OdUHla0
18 May
World Forestry Ctr. @World_Forestry
American #Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/XO4X7YXxAn #science #climatechange #forestry #nature
18 May
Bioneers @bioneers
Trees making their move West? What exactly is going on here... (via @TheAtlantic: https://t.co/jAubh3bjkX
18 May
Sci Curious @scicurious
The trees are moving. But the Ents aren't going to Isenguard, instead they're heading toward Topeka. https://t.co/I1SmRsfQbj
18 May
NatureServe @natureserve
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/IVVr8XtOHr
18 May
elizabeth shell @elizabeth_shell
When even the trees are leaving, you know it's gotten bad. https://t.co/GTGdBCBqp3
18 May
ABCFP @ABCFP
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/XXDhsG3mJx
18 May
Svati Kirsten Narula @svatikirsten
RT @kylebuchanan: I can't wait to read the "Why I'm Leaving New York" article written by these trees https://t.co/m9DIhsqrNh
18 May
Roald B. Larsen @Roaldenviro
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/J0Vx270U7n
18 May
i-Pathways @ipathways
Here's an article that will make you go hmmmm... Did you know trees are moving west? #climatechange #GED Science https://t.co/F79p7n1bBK
18 May
TACF @chestnut1904
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/Yeyhtqcyum
18 May
Laurence Hart @piewords
While the methods of movement explained make complete sense, I still like to think of it as Ents slowly walking west https://t.co/WlyTbMbv0m
18 May
Urban Green Council @UrbanGreenNY
"Go west, my sap." 🌱 How climate change is shaping eastern forests https://t.co/4JxdAment3
18 May
Ben Hammersley @benhammersley
RT @pomeranian99: So, this is how you write a headline: https://t.co/7hOaHdhN72 https://t.co/4vjjGBGxND
18 May
Bittu Sahgal @BittuSahgal
Here in India, politicians imagine not just that they understand, but are in full control of climate change impacts! https://t.co/KhS1Xhk5ls
18 May
Christopher Penn @cspenn
#the5: American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why: https://t.co/JzNkDltJOM https://t.co/ASPXI56GoJ
18 May
Kyle Buchanan @kylebuchanan
I can't wait to read the "Why I'm Leaving New York" article written by these trees https://t.co/m9DIhsqrNh
18 May
MomKnowsBestOnline @MomKnwsBstOnLn
#Google American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why - The Atlantic https://t.co/01hdz1h1vY
18 May
Pierre Metivier @PierreMetivier
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob @TheAtlantic https://t.co/iTWGx4Lcvt <A Macbethian… https://t.co/FcgJXBTKQa
18 May
Climate Central @ClimateCentral
American trees are moving west, and no one knows why https://t.co/yCAJ3oNqko via @TheAtlantic https://t.co/mhZ0iQ12R2
18 May
Root Simple @rootsimple
RT @PGourevitch: just ask MacBeth what happens when the forest moves https://t.co/eO0eqVd5N9
18 May
Beth Botts @chicagogardener
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/iJcd9Ahjjq
18 May
Bob Foss @Ancientbob
RT @morgansher: Climate Change Is Forcing Trees to Move Northwest - The Atlantic https://t.co/MTCE7atkcQ
18 May
Prof Dynarski @dynarski
RT @AnnieLowrey: In other news, the trees are fleeing Washington right as the feral hogs move in. https://t.co/wL9kc8OI0Z
18 May
J.D. Tuccille @JD_Tuccille
Having moved about as far away from DC and the East Coast as I could, I understand. Come to me, my arboreal friends. https://t.co/zZCeVUR4BA
18 May
Barry Dorrans @blowdart
More proof west coast is the best coast https://t.co/8evoyzke4N
18 May
Annie Lowrey @AnnieLowrey
In other news, the trees are fleeing Washington right as the feral hogs move in. https://t.co/wL9kc8OI0Z
18 May
michael viqueira @mikeviqueira
On their way to Isengard to attack Saruman https://t.co/gIEafA7Fe9
18 May
Molly Ball @mollyesque
No really everything is fine said the trees as they inched away from us w terrified looks on their big wooden faces https://t.co/hl6KQrFGTc
18 May
American Spring Bomz @SeedBomz4Change
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/w6M8EJSs30
18 May
cindy ✡ quashie @KahyaTeh
RT @bellesapepper37: American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/lt5X2jji6M
18 May
Lynne Murphy @lynneguist
RT @andersen: America's trees are moving west—and no one knows why (dun dun dun) https://t.co/r723StnlMt
17 May
joyce kim @joyce
Even the trees are going towards California... https://t.co/SwJDhsh6w8
17 May
Lydia Maria Fanfan @LydiaMFanfan
American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why https://t.co/QLUUCaVD8e
17 May
Corey Noxon @ArchaeoJapan
Climate Change Is Forcing Trees to Move Northwest https://t.co/x8gr9GP5gg
17 May
NiCHE @NiCHE_Canada
RT @jacksonrperry: Climate change is one of several factors shifting North America's tree populations westward: https://t.co/zEiDU4nHdq #en…
17 May
Kas Thomas @kasthomas
RT @Bencjacobs: America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/1Jx0Zs3PyW
17 May
Jason Mark @writerfarmer
RT @andersen: America's trees are moving west—and no one knows why (dun dun dun) https://t.co/r723StnlMt
17 May
Benne Ferrell @feathersong
RT @SarahEDooling: Hardwoods in eastern forests moving west tracking more rain! Conifers moving N! @yayitsrob https://t.co/FIQCQuf7fB #ant…
17 May
Brittany Beck @brittanbeck
RT @andersen: America's trees are moving west—and no one knows why (dun dun dun) https://t.co/r723StnlMt
17 May
State Foresters @StateForesters
Survey of how tree populations have shifted over the past three decades via @yayitsrob https://t.co/WnW1ygR9su
17 May
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
RT @edyong209: Entmoot is over and they're now on the march https://t.co/xLAfNXGjTM
17 May
Joe Balagtas @JoeBalagtas
RT @PurdueCCRC: New research shows Eastern US trees are moving westward partially in response to #climatechange https://t.co/L8pezUfK4i #Re…
17 May
David Menestres @AbstractTruth
"American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why" https://t.co/WOif134b0t
17 May
Ed Yong @edyong209
Entmoot is over and they're now on the march https://t.co/xLAfNXGjTM
17 May
Adrienne LaFrance @AdrienneLaF
RT @andersen: America's trees are moving west—and no one knows why (dun dun dun) https://t.co/r723StnlMt
17 May
The Atlantic @TheAtlantic
America's trees are mysteriously moving west, reports @yayitsrob https://t.co/oscJkSi43M https://t.co/UtsaZsLZyY
17 May
Ian O'Neill @astroengine
RT @andersen: America's trees are moving west—and no one knows why (dun dun dun) https://t.co/r723StnlMt
17 May
Ross Andersen @andersen
America's trees are moving west—and no one knows why (dun dun dun) https://t.co/r723StnlMt