Australia’s gum trees at risk

Heat waves, droughts and floods expected under climate change will alter environmental conditions so much that many eucalypts will no longer survive in their native ranges.

Due to their long regeneration times and the relatively short dispersal distances of their seeds, the trees are highly vulnerable to climate change.

Many of Australia’s approximately 750 eucalypt species may not be able to keep up with climate change sufficiently to avoid heavy losses – and these will in turn have cascading impacts on local wildlife and other plants.

Researchers applied mid-range and extreme climate scenarios to 108 eucalypt species and grouped them by climate region across Australia.

Read more at The University of Queensland