Climate change may be responsible for die-off of world’s oldest baobab trees

The largest baobabs have largely stood alone, bearing witness to history. Radiocarbon dating shows the oldest of these stout-trunked savannah trees have lived for upwards of 2,500 years, surviving the birth of Jesus, the Renaissance, two world wars, and the internet. But they may have met their match in climate change.A new paper published on Monday in Nature Plants documents the collapse of some of the world’s oldest and largest baobabs over the past 12 years. Of the 13 oldest trees, nine are dead or nearing death. Of the six largest baobabs, five have bit the dust or are headed that way.

Source: Is Climate Change Killing the World’s Oldest Baobabs?

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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