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global warming increases risk of frost damage to trees

august 10, 2018 by michael keller, eth zurichfrost damage to young beech leaves on the zugerberg, taken on 24 april 2017 only a few days after a heavy frost. credit: christof bigler/eth zurichclimate change is bringing with it not only drier summers, but warmer springs too. this causes trees and shrubs to bud earlier, making them vulnerable to late frost, as eth forest scientists have now proven. during the hot summer months, humans and animals alike enjoy the shade offered by the leafy canopy of trees and shrubs. in order for deciduous woods to make maximum use of the growing season, when growth and reproduction are possible, they must bud early in the springtime. climate change favours this: with rising temperatures, the growing season...