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The changing climate and higher rates of wildfire events could negatively affect the ability of Sierra Nevada Mountain to take up and store carbon (Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new study by a multi-university team of researchers revealed that the changing climate and higher rates of wildfire events could negatively affect the ability of Sierra Nevada Mountain to take up and store carbon

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that the warmer and dryer conditions brought about by global warming could lessen the number of tree species available in the area. A decrease in local tree population means lesser carbon uptake in forests.

“What we’ve been trying to do is really understand how changing climate, increases in temperatures and decreases in precipitation, will alter carbon uptake in forests,” said Matthew Hurteau, an assistant professor and University of Mexico and co-author of the study, in a press release. “The other aspect of this work is looking…