2012-11-25

Pine beetles contributing to climate change: study

Newly published research suggests mountain pine beetles have become so widespread that they’re not just benefiting from global warming, they’re starting to contribute to it.

“The effects of climate change cascade,” said Holly Maness, whose paper was published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience.

“Previous studies have shown that climate change allowed the beetle to flourish. But our work shows that beetle infestations in turn feed back into climate.”