Is climate change affecting fall foliage?

10/12/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Researchers are examining whether climate change is causing leaves to change color later in the year than in the past. Leaf-color changes are associated with soil moisture, reduced sunlight and falling temperatures, but factors such as drought can affect the timing of the changes. The U.S. Geological Survey is using satellites to study foliage, and geographer John Jones said the project is currently focused on Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

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