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Forests and climate change with William Anderegg on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Summer is coming, fires are already burning and megadroughts are not letting up. Forests are facing multiple threats at once, and William Anderegg, Associate Professor in the University of Utah School Of Biological Sciences, is working to understand the effects of threats, including climate change and drought, on trees and forests. He’s an author on two new studies that show how these forces could reshape forests. “U.S. forests could look dramatically different by the end of the century,” Anderegg says. “More severe and frequent fires and disturbances have huge impacts on our landscapes. We are likely to lose forests from some areas in the western U.S. due to these disturbances, but much of this depends on how quickly we tackle climate change.”

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.