Warmer Winters Lead to Dying Forests

September 23, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Brandon Lewis offers an insightful look at the devastation caused by rice-grain-sized beetles that are turning western U.S. forests to blankets of gray.  “Since 1997, a host of native beetle species has chewed through more than 40 million acres of Western forests, according to aerial surveys by the U.S. Forest Service. That’s as much space as all of America devotes to its lawns.” (Video)