Is redwood growth the silver lining of climate change?

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Redwood forest in California

Climate change is usually associated with the holes in the ozone layer and the extinction of species. So we were surprised to read this morning that climate change may be having one unexpectedly beneficial effect: it’s created a growth spurt for two iconic tree species in California, coast redwoods and giant sequoias.

Scientists have been studying corings from trees more than 1,000 years old. Emily Burns, science director at the Save the Redwoods League, is the lead author on the study out today. She joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about this surprising, and hopeful, discovery.