Drought hastens decline of the Joshua tree, California’s desert symbol

LA Times: Under canopies of dead angular branches and drooping fronds, UC Riverside ecologist Cameron Barrows made his way across a forest of skeletal Joshua trees that have not reproduced in decades. As Barrows explained, it's a tough time to be a Joshua tree. Climate change is taking an enormous toll, and the current drought has hastened the decline of a species that is regarded as the symbol of California deserts. "For Joshua trees, hotter, drier conditions are a problem - but a bigger problem is......

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