Image of the Day: A Maple Syrup Story With a Bitter Taste

Maple syrup may become a casualty of a changing climate by the end of the century, according to research by the USDA Forest Service. The sap flow from the maple trees, which is boiled down to make syrup, is governed by alternate freezing and thawing patterns in the late winter. The trees also depend on snow to prevent the roots from freezing. Also studies by the Forest Service show that climate change is likely to affect the suitable habitat for maples, thus reducing the amount of trees and syrup in the coming century.

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