Photo taken at: Lebanon
Lebanon’s historic cedar trees, glorified by the Phoenicians and the Egyptians, are now threatened by climate change. The trees, some as old as 3,000 years, need a certain amount of snow and rainfall for natural regeneration. But with climate change, winters are seeing less precipitation. The Lebanese government estimates that snow cover could fall 40% by 2040. Changing climate can also lead to an increase in insects with the potential to attack, weaken, and ultimately kill the cedars. While reforestation efforts are being undertaken by various organizations, impacts from climate change will continue to affect these historic trees in the years to come.