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What does lightning actually do to a tree?

By Gregory Moore, Doctor of Botany, The University of Melbourne
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The huge storms many Australians have experienced recently have damaged or toppled old trees which had withstood the vagaries of our weather for the past century or more.

This is what we can expect as our climate changes, with storm events more frequent, wind speeds stronger and rainfall heavier. These all contribute to trees falling or dropping large branches.

But there’s something you might not think of as linked to climate change. As storms intensify in our new…The Conversation


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