Dry, warm conditions keep California national forests parched

LA Times: Warmer temperatures are rapidly drying out the state, he said. California had its second-warmest March since record-keeping began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The first three months of this year were the warmest on record in 136 years for the globe, according to NOAA. The mortality of the national forest is further complicated by the invasion of bark beetles, he said. The tiny brown insects chew away at the pines, making them brittle and transforming......

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