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The largest living organisms on the planet, the big, old trees that harbor and sustain countless birds and other wildlife, are dying.
A report by three of the world's leading ecologists in today's issue of the journal Science warns of an alarming increase in death-rates among trees 100-300 years old in many of the world's forests, woodlands, savannahs, farming areas and even in cities.
"It's a worldwide problem and appears to be happening in most types of forest," says lead author Professor David Lindenmayer of the ARC Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and Australian National University.
"Large old trees are critical in many natural and human-dominated environments. Studies of ecosystems around the world suggest populations of these trees are declining rapidly," he and colleagues Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University, Australia, and Professor Jerry Franklin of Washington University, USA, say in their Science report.
Everything that is alive, eventually dies.
Originally posted by elevenaugust
Is it another warning?
"....alarming increase in deathrates"
"It's a worldwide problem....."
"....trees are declining rapidly"
"The alarming decline...."