More bad news over the posited ‘climate to pine beetle’ link

Watts Up With That?

Last week we pointed out how a study showed pine beetle damaged forests didn’t have a greater burn risk than healthy forests, now this new study shows that the favorite ‘milder winter caused by climate change’ link is overblown.

Mountain pine beetles (pictured here) have killed pine forests over more than 140,000 square miles in the western US, but warming winters can't be blamed for the full extent of recent outbreaks in the region, a Dartmouth College and US Forest Service study finds. Credit Jeff Foott Mountain pine beetles (pictured here) have killed pine forests over more than 140,000 square miles in the western US, but warming winters can’t be blamed for the full extent of recent outbreaks in the region, a Dartmouth College and US Forest Service study finds. Credit Jeff Foott

Mild winters not fueling all pine beetle outbreaks in western United States

Dartmouth College

HANOVER, N.H. – Warming winters have allowed mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the coldest areas of the western United States, but milder winters can’t be blamed for the full extent of recent outbreaks in the region, a Dartmouth College and U.S. Forest Service study finds.

Milder winters have contributed…

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