Tree mortality in the rainforest and tropical moist forests in Australia has been increasing since the mid-1980s.
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The death rate of trees appears to have doubled over that time period.
According to an international team of researchers, the primary cause is drier air in these forests, the consequence of human-induced climate change.
According to ecologist David Bauman, a similar process is a likely underway in tropical forests on other continents.
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