NPR has been covering climate change lately. And in case you missed it today on Morning Edition, in the third part of a five-part series, Christopher Joyce visits New Mexico and talks with scientists studying and working in the Jemez Mountains:
I drove though New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest with ecologist Craig Allen, from the U.S. Geological Survey. Allen is energetic, restless and deeply worried about this forest. He has watched a triple combination of heat, drought and wildfire devastate this place over the past 15 years.
We stop by what once would’ve been a beautiful meadow full of Ponderosa pine — a tall tree with cinnamon bark and branches at the top, loaded with pine needles. But the big valley is badly burned. There are no live Ponderosa pines.
“The shrubs have basically taken control of the site,” Allen says.
You can read and listen to the story online at: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/24/159848194/in-southwest-worst-case-fire-scenario-plays-out