New Brunswick may see softwood species such as balsam fir and black spruce disappear from the province's forests over the next 80 years or so, says a forestry professor.
University of New Brunswick forestry professor Charles Bourque has written and tested software to create possible future scenarios for many of New Brunswick's tree species.
Under one scenario, greenhouse gas emissions are under control by 2040 and the median temperature has increased by 1.6 degrees. The second scenario sees no abatement in emissions and the temperature increase by as much as four degrees.
"So that's quite significant jump, so it's dependant on what people do," said Bourque.
The latter scenario would dramatically change the look of New Brunswick's forests. read more >>