Ghost forests haunt North Carolina

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Ghost forests haunt North Carolina

Rising sea levels have killed entire forests off the North Carolina coast, releasing vast stores of carbon into the air. Long before this year’s wildfires scorched forests on the west coast, rising seas have been slowly poisoning forests in North Carolina. The resulting “ghost forests” could have big implications for climate change.  A new study found that trees on the coastline of North Carolina’s Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula have been dying off as the land turns to salty marsh, leaving nothing but old snags. Worse, while alive these forests held vast quantities…

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