Climate change could cripple southwestern U.S. forests: Trees face rising drought stress and mortality as climate warms

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This Douglas-fir sample from the Southwest has annual tree rings dating back to the year 1527. The narrowing of the rings that formed from the 1560s through the 1590s indicates that the tree grew little during the 16th century megadrought. (Credit: Copyright Daniel Griffin.)