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Watching The Planet Die: The "Canary Tree"

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Dead and dying yellow-cedar trees in Alaska.

You don't need to snorkel at a coral reef to see evidence of climate change.  Rising sea levels, longer droughts, worse wildfires all appear to have connections to the changing state of the planet. 

In a memoir of climate change, ecologist Lauren Oakes tells the 30-year story of a stand of rare cypress trees in Southeast Alaska and its slow death due to climate change.  Oakes' book is In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, A Cypress, and a Changing World.  Lauren E. Oakes is our guest on The Exchange.  

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