Germany’s climate-stressed forests
Across Germany, an alarming number of trees are falling ill and dying. Over the past two years 180,000 hectares of forest have disappeared, linked to extreme weather events and the proliferation of an aggressively spreading bark beetle.
The speed and scale of the destruction has caught Germany off guard, prompting authorities to pledge €800 million in emergency funds.
With the effects of climate change here for the long-term, scientists and environmentalists are exploring how to replant trees in a way that makes the forests better adapted to a changing environment.