Trees are dying at alarming rates and scientists are just now admitting that they have no idea why or even how this is happening. This has lead one scientist to find the answer by killing trees. Yes, there is a Dr. Kevorkian of trees. Nate McDowell, a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has created an intensive care unit to aide trees in dying so that he can study what caused them to die.
“Without better understanding the mechanisms of tree death, it is not possible to reliably predict when and where the next massive die-offs will occur on this planet,” says Craig Allen, an expert on forest ecology for U.S. Geological Survey.
The major question in this research is whether or not trees are drying out or starving. To find out more about the incline in tree deaths, click here.