9 Oldest Trees in Africa, Some Over 2,000-Years-Old, Now Dead | Ancient Origins

9 Oldest Trees in Africa, Some Over 2,000-Years-Old, Now Dead | Ancient Origins

Nine of 13 of Africa’s oldest and largest baobab trees  have died in the past decade, it has been reported. These trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years, appear to be victims of climate change. Scientists speculate that warming temperatures have either killed the trees directly or have made them weaker and more susceptible to drought, diseases, fire or wind.

Old baobabs are not the only trees which are affected by climatic changes. Ponderosa pine and Pinyon forests in the American West are dying  at an increasing rate  as the summers get warmer in the region. In Hawaii the famous Ohi’a trees are also dying  at faster rates  than previously recorded.

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